Recognise unit fractions such as 12, 1 3 , 1 4 , 1 5 , 1 10 … and use them to find fractions of shapes and numbers

Examples of what pupils should know and be able to do

Probing questions

  • What numbers are easy to find a third/quarter/fifth/tenth of? Why?
  • If I cut a cake into four pieces will each piece be a quarter?

What if pupils find this a barrier?

Use a counting stick to discuss halves and tenths. Some pupils think if there are two parts each must be a half – emphasise that the parts need to be equal.

Mathematics ITP: Fractions (SWF-18 KB) Attachments can provide a useful visual image for pupils.