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Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator

  • Year group: Year 4
  • Term: Spring
  • Topic: Fractions
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Keystage: KS2
  • Age Range: 8 to 9 yrs
  • Unit can be taught out of sequence: N
  • Week Range: 7 - 8

In this chapter, pupils build on their understanding of the addition and subtraction of fractions with the same denominator within one whole, by working with fractions that are greater than one whole.

To further develop pupils’ understanding of what happens when adding and subtracting fractions from chapter 4, they should use different concrete examples and visual representations.

It is essential that pupils are not just told to “add the numerators” and “keep the denominators the same”. They should be able to explain, using diagrams, how they have come to an answer when adding or subtracting two given fractions.

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Resources for this topic

White Rose Maths

Adding fractions with the same denominator

These resources give children the opportunity to practice fluency, reasoning and problem solving questions.
By WRMaths

Fractions with the same denominator

Direct link to our Y4 scheme.
By WRMaths

Mathematics Mastery

Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator

Mathematical discussion is a key element of the Mathematics Mastery programme.
Talk Tasks are a brilliant way of enabling pupils to develop their mathematical language, thinking, understanding and confidence.
This activity explores the concept of adding and subtracting fractions.
• Talk tasks are best completed in mixed attainment pairs, with pupils taking turns to listen and construct arguments
• Emphasis is on discussion rather than the solution, encouraging pupils to use key language and talk in full sentences
• Ask pupils to prove their answers in a variety of ways, using the CPA approach to support mathematical understanding and number sense

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Mathematics Mastery is a professional development programme for teachers with a mission to transform mathematics education in the UK.

This task is just a taster of the complete classroom resources we offer. We also provide in-depth development training, online CPD, specialist support and assessment tools.

We believe all elements of our programme are vital in creating lasting change – enabling every child to enjoy and succeed in mathematics.

Want to find out more? Check out our free resources and blogs or join an information session.
By Mathematics Mastery

Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator

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Enabling teachers to continuously develop their practice is a key element of the Mathematics Mastery Programme.

This CPD video provides step-by-step guidance on adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator.

Our videos aim to:

• Model teaching tips, techniques and clarify how to make connections between concrete, pictorial and abstract representations
• Support the teaching of different methods and concepts, rather than focusing on one method only
• Enhance subject knowledge and support non-specialists

Like what you see?

Mathematics Mastery is a professional development programme for teachers with a mission to transform mathematics education in the UK.

This task is just a taster of the complete classroom resources we offer. We also provide in-depth development training, online CPD, specialist support and assessment tools.

We believe all elements of our programme are vital in creating lasting change – enabling every
child to enjoy and succeed in mathematics.

Want to find out more? Check out our free resources and blogs or join an information session.

By Mathematics Mastery

Resources shared by teachers

Year 4 Fractions Pack 1 - Spring

This is the first of four packs based on Year 4 fractions. It covers the small steps: Fractions – what is a fraction? Equivalent fractions: strip diagrams and Equivalent fractions: proportional reasoning. The pack contains examples of practical activities, games and worksheets which aim to help children gain a deeper understanding of the concepts covered in the topic.

The resources have a good mix of fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities and promote the use of CPA (Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract) throughout.
I hope you find the resources useful.
By steray

Year 4 Fractions Pack 2 - Spring

This is the second of four packs based on Year 4 fractions. It covers the small steps: Fractions greater than 1, Proper and improper fractions, Adding fractions and Subtracting fractions. The pack contains examples of practical activities, games and worksheets which aim to help children gain a deeper understanding of the concepts covered in the topic.

The resources have a good mix of fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities and promote the use of CPA (Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract) throughout.
I hope you find the resources useful.
By steray

Year 4 Fractions Pack 3 - Spring

This is the third of four packs based on Year 4 fractions. It covers the small steps: Count in fractions, Subtract 2 fractions (recap) and Subtract from whole amounts. The pack contains games and worksheets which aim to help children gain a deeper understanding of the concepts covered in the topic.

The resources have a good mix of fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities and promote the use of CPA (Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract) throughout.
I hope you find the resources useful.
By steray

Year 4 Fractions Pack 4 - Spring

This is the last of four packs based on Year 4 fractions. It covers the small steps: Calculate fractions of a quantity and Problem solving – calculate quantities. The resources aim to help children gain a deeper understanding of the concepts covered in the topic.

The resources have a good mix of fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities and promote the use of CPA (Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract) throughout.
The pack also includes an ‘End of unit Assessment’ for Fractions which can be used to analyse misconceptions and gaps in understanding.
I hope you find the resources useful.
By steray

Year 4 Fraction Bundle - Spring

This bundle of resources covers 4 weeks of fractions for Year 4 during the Spring term. The resources aim to help children gain a deeper understanding of the concepts covered in the topic. Pack 1 recaps what a fraction is and looks at equivalent fractions. Pack 2 looks at fractions greater than 1 and adding/ subtracting fractions. Pack 3 covers counting in fractions and more on subtracting fractions. Pack 4 covers finding fractions of quantities and has an 'End of unit assessment'.
The resources have a good mix of fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities and promote the use of CPA (Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract) throughout.

I hope you find the resources useful.
By steray

Adding and subtracting fractions (differentiated)

Two worksheets to help practise adding and subtracting fractions. Worksheet 1 concentrates on fractions with the same denominators. Worksheet 2 has fractions with different denominators.
By kittykat_102

Adding fractions- same denominator- fluency, reasoning and problem solving

A worksheet split into three steps to deepen children's understanding through varied questions. Children have to answer questions about adding fractions in different ways to start to show they have mastered the concept. Children could cut out each section and stick into their books, answering underneath, to show their steps in learning clearly.
By bch89

Adding and subtracting fractions (different denominators) - mastery worksheet

This is a mastery worksheet involving adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators.

The worksheet is split into 3 sections, fluency, reasoning and problem solving so students can master the topic.

All answers are included for the questions.

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