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The teaching of fractions from Key Stage One has a much greater emphasis in the new National Curriculum. At Swanage Primary we believe that the best approach is to always start with practical apparatus before moving onto pictorial representations and abstract written notation. It is essential that children understand what is happening when they add, subtract, multiply and divide with fractions and are not simply taught a written method. For this reason we use a wide range of equipment and every day materials.

We use playdough to demonstrate fractions as division and equivalence, then for adding with unlike denominators

We use playdough to demonstrate fractions as division and equivalence, then for adding with unlike denominators 1
We use playdough to demonstrate fractions as division and equivalence, then for adding with unlike denominators 2
We use playdough to demonstrate fractions as division and equivalence, then for adding with unlike denominators 3
We use playdough to demonstrate fractions as division and equivalence, then for adding with unlike denominators 4
We use playdough to demonstrate fractions as division and equivalence, then for adding with unlike denominators 5
We use playdough to demonstrate fractions as division and equivalence, then for adding with unlike denominators 6

Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge)

Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 1 halves
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 2 equivalence
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 3 pattern blocks
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 4 equivalence with pattern blocks
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 5 Understanding different representations
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 6 improper fractions (larger than a whole)
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 7 essential for calculating with unlile denominators
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 8 same size pieces can represent different fractions
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 9 using numicon to explore fractions
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 10 representing fractions with numicon
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 11 understanding the relative size of fractions
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 12 linking to division and multiplication
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 13 fractions of numbers
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 14 lego fractions
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 15 relating fractions of shape to number
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 16 exploring addition and subtraction
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 17 from concrete to pictorial
Fractions need to be represented in lots of different ways for deep understanding (click on photos to enlarge) 18

Fractions - what is taught when?

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