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This week in maths we are looking at fractions. The aim of these activities is to try and help your child:

  • to be able to find 1/2 and 1/4 of a shape
  • to be able to find 1/2 and 1/4 of a quantity or amount
  • to be able to find 2/4 and 3/4 of a shape
  • to be able to recognise that 1/2 is the same as 2/4
  • to be able to write simple fractions
Thursday - Watch the BBC bitesize clip below to see what a half and a quarter is. 
Can you find a piece of paper and fold it in half? Write your halves on each of the two equal pieces. Can you turn in over and do the same for quarters? Use the video below to help you. 

Finding halves and quarters

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Investigate with other shapes and see if you can find 1/2 and 1/4 of different shapes. Draw them on a piece of paper, cut them out and have a go at folding them to find 1/2 and 1/4. You could try a square, a rectangle, a triangle, a circle, a pentagon, a hexagon and an octagon!

Friday - Finding 1/2 of an amount.

Using your piece of paper from yesterday that has been split into 1/2 on one side and 1/4 on the other side, can you find 1/2 of these amounts? Don't forget two halves must be equal so when you split your amount you must make sure that each pile has got the same amount in. Finding half is just like dividing by two using the grouping method, so to find our answer we only need to count how many is in one of our piles, not how many altogether. Use the video below to help you. 

Finding 1/2 of an amount

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You can use any objects you have lying around the house to find half of an amount. You could use coins, toys or maybe something tastier like cereal or smarties! 

Can you find the answers to these questions:

  1. What is 1/2 of 4?
  2. What is 1/2 of 8?
  3. What is 1/2 of 12?
  4. What is 1/2 of 16?
  5. What is 1/2 of 2?

What do you notice about all the numbers that we can half? 

Monday - Finding 1/4 of an amount

Now we are going to do the same as yesterday, but with 1/4 instead. Use the video below to help you find 1/4 of an amount.

Finding 1/4 of an amount

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Using objects to help you, can you find 1/4 of these amounts?

  1. What is 1/4 of 12?
  2. What is 1/4 of 8?
  3. What is 1/4 of 20?
  4. What is 1/4 of 4?
  5. What is 1/4 of 16?

Tuesday - finding fractions of amounts
Sometimes we might need to find more than 1/4 of an amount. Use the video below to help you find 2/4 and 3/4 of an amount.

Finding 2/4 and 3/4 of an amount

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Now have a go at finding these mixed fractions of amounts. You will need to think about how many equal parts you are splitting your amount into by looking carefully at the fraction.

  1. What is 2/4 of 12?
  2. What is 3/4 of 8?
  3. What is 1/2 of 12?
  4. What is 1/4 of 20?
  5. What is 1/2 of 18?
  6. What is 3/4 of 24?

What do you notice about the answers to question 1 and question 3? Can you have a go at writing a sentence to explain why the answers are like this? 

Wednesday - Finding everyday fractions

Have a look around your home and in your local area if you go out for a walk. Can you spot any real life fractions? Make a list of what fraction you saw and what objects were showing it. Here are some examples below to give you some clues of things you could spot:

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