Maths - Learning to share

13th May 2011 at 01:00

What is it?

These KS1 fractions are designed to help five to seven-year-olds learn the concept of splitting a whole into parts or sharing items or pieces as proportions. This mostly involves halves and quarters, and many of the activities are also suitable for pupils with special needs.

How to use it

Interactive resources from TESiboard include activities where pupils share lollipops between two children or among four, share pizza pieces and sort shapes according to whether they are shaded more or less than half, or exactly half. An activity asking pupils to share UFOs between planets can be used to create a variety of fractions and explore reducing fractions, while a kite-shading activity shows that half can be expressed in more than one way. Another shape activity asks pupils to shade the squares in the blocks according to the fractions requested.

Taking it further

Resources from TES users include an activity where pupils discover "treasure", record their findings and then divide it into halves and quarters (uploaded by heidic). A lesson plan with video shows halves in different contexts to encourage pupils to think about what a half means. Lessons use two-dimensional shapes to introduce halves and quarters (both JSheard). A resource from languageisheartosay explains "half", "pair", "whole" and "the other one", using pictures, while a lesson on finding fractions of fruit includes ready-to-print fruit shapes (mpriest). There's a worksheet with fractions problems set in a pizza parlour (Ellis73), and a PowerPoint looking at different aspects of fractions, including shapes, amounts and word problems (lamentations).

Where to find it

www.tes.co.ukks1-fractions.

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