Fractions – the bane of every teacher’s life!

No one likes teaching fractions!

Once you get past the ‘fold the piece of paper into equal parts’ stage it is a LOT less fun!

Knowing this, and also knowing the learning journey that Freya has been on with her maths, I was not excited about the prospect of making sure she was at age expected level for fractions….

We got out the sweets again! Who knew! So useful!

I still have 100 individual sweets packed in bags of tens.

So, we stared with unit fraction revision. 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 1/8 she happily extended to any fraction with a one on top, no problem.

We then looked at equal fractions, 1/2 and 2/4 these can be easily drawn and compared so again, no trouble… then onto fractions of a number!

She flew through it…

Sweets are a mathematician’s best friend!

Even when I tried to trick her with vulgar fractions she managed to get the numbers correct by finding one quarter and then using repeated addition to find 5/4 etc.

She blew me away… so, I’ll leave it there for a week and then come back to it to see if it has stuck… in the meantime, I’m sure we only need 90 sweets!

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