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Just a Fraction

A brilliant new method for teaching fractions at KS2

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'Just a Fraction' takes a look at a successful method of teaching fractions to primary children. The teacher uses visualisation to bring the sums to life. Using paper cups cut into halves and quarters, cards representing different fractions, and two tables, she effectively demonstrates the sums to a group of seven-year-old pupils. The children are invited to write down a maths 'story' on a white board. Pupils then volunteer to play out the maths story using the paper cups. They move on to see how cards containing the usual notation for a half and a quarter can be transported in the same way. By the end of the lesson, some children understand the concept and can go from the concrete to the abstract, but still visualise the concrete when they are unsure of a calculation.
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