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Primary mathematics support for subject knowledge: Unit 3: Teaching direct proportion


This study unit is for an individual teacher or a group of primary teachers who are developing their teaching of mathematics. It is the third of three units on the teaching of division and has a related task to work on afterwards.

The purpose of this unit is to:

  • review your lessons on division
  • consider ways of teaching direct proportion.

The follow-up task involves using some direct proportion questions with children in your class.

Study time

About 75 minutes, plus time for the follow-up task.


Each teacher will need:

  • a notepad
  • lesson evaluation forms from Unit 2
  • a calculator and a 30 cm ruler
  • a copy of Study Unit 3 Resource 1 and Study Unit 3 Resource 2.

The individual teacher or group leader will need:

  • the slide presentation Unit 3: Teaching direct proportion, viewed as a slide show
  • for a larger group, a data projector and screen, and a whiteboard or flipchart
  • a copy of the study notes.


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