Tes Maths ROTW: Calculating fractions game

Craig Barton
27th November 2017

Encourage a little healthy competition and practise proper and mixed-number fractions with this calculating game, from DurhamPotter

What is it?

Despite years of practice, even the most confident students may need a little extra help when it comes to fractions. But, constantly finding new and engaging activities can be a problem. Until now!

In pairs, students race to complete four questions in a row, practising all four operations as they work through a variety of proper and mixed-number fractions. Once completed, learners then have the opportunity to check each other’s work, using the randomised answer grid for guidance.

How can it be used?

This works particularly well at the end of a unit activity, or as a revision exercise.

Why not stretch students further by giving them a one-time-only calculator token? This provides support where needed,while encouraging them to properly evaluate the complexity of each question - they won't want their voucher to go to waste after all!


Craig Barton was speaking to Victoria Haughton. He is a secondary maths teacher in the north of England.

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