# Back to Basics

Understanding fractions, decimals and percentages is vital for adult life - and not just for ensuring that you get the right discount at the shops. Here are 10 ways to make sure it all adds up for students

### 1. Soap starsWhat is it? A PowerPoint that helps students to calculate the yearly income of a character from BBC soap opera EastEndersWhat users say "Excellent resource for my functional skills group of 16- year-olds"; "Relevant and well-presented."bit.lyEastender2. Total recallWhat is it? A collective memory activity for introducing or revising equivalent fractions and simplifying themWhat users say "Really like the idea of children having to collaborate and then find the mistake"; "What a great idea."bit.lyGroupFraction3. Game of chanceWhat is it? A unit of work from the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching, including an activity that compares the National Lottery to Premium BondsWhat users say "Wow! What a wonderfully organised and useful set of resources . Keep up the good work"; "I am so very impressed and happy to have found such great resources.bit.lyMathsLottery4. Just a fractionWhat is it? An activity that develops understanding of the equivalence of fractions and their position on the number lineWhat users say "Love this idea. This has been thoughtfully designed to get students engaged with key ideas about fractions at a range of levels."bit.lyComparing5. Eat my sumsWhat is it? A simple lesson using characters from The Simpsons to explain how to add and subtract decimalsWhat users say "A quick and to-the-point beginning to what can be a very dry topic"; "Wonderful resource that allows for discussion and clarification."bit.lySimpsonsSums6. In the loopWhat is it? A simple, effective game that can engage even the most reluctant of students and highlights any misconceptionsWhat users say "Great to have found a loopy game for fractions"; "My class loved it."bit.lyLoopGame7. Millionaire mathsWhat is it? A game for revising fractions, decimals and percentages based on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?What users say "Brilliant - covers everything"; "The students love it."bit.lyMathsMillionaires8. Fractions firstWhat is it? Worksheets, ideas and assessments for introducing fractions to 11- and 12-year-oldsWhat users say "Excellent"; "Some really nice ideas . The activities PDF is definitely worth having a look at."bit.lyFindFractions9. Spot the mistakeWhat is it? A worksheet of 10 fraction calculations, including some mistakes and inefficient solutions. Students work together to identify the errorsWhat users say "Ideal for making students take note of written methods"; "Excellent resource to help develop students' awareness of mistakes."bit.lyErrorSpotting10. Percentage pointsWhat is it? A quiz that tests students' understanding of how to work out percentages without a calculatorWhat users say "Something different - better than the usual maths quizzes"; "Great resource. My classes all enjoyed it."bit.lyPercentageQuiz

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