Fractions Learning Journey

Fractions Learning Journey

The Fractions Learning Journey includes downloadable and interactive worksheets and games and runs in the order that children learn about fractions at school.

To get you started, read through What your child learns in KS1 maths and What your child learns in KS2 maths then scroll down to see all the worksheets in the Fractions Learning Journey.

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Essential fractions vocabulary

The DENOMINATOR is the bottom number in a fraction.

The NUMERATOR is the top number in a fraction.

EQUIVALENCE is when two fractions are equal (equivalent).

An IMPROPER FRACTION is a fraction that is ‘top-heavy’, where the numerator on the top is bigger than the denominator on the bottom.

INVERSE means opposite or reverse.

A MIXED NUMBER is a whole number and a fraction written together, such as 1½.

  Fractions learning objectives
Year 1
  • Recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity
  • Recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity
Year 2
  • Recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity
  • Write simple fractions (for example, 1/2 of 6 = 3) and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2.
Year 3
  • Count up and down in tenths
  • Recognise, find and write unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators
  • Recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators
  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole (for example: 5/7 + 1/7 = 6/7)
  • Compare unit fractions / same-denominator fractions 
Year 4
  • Recognise common equivalent fractions
  • Count up and down in hundredths
  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator
  • Recognise / write decimal equivalents of tenths or hundredths
  • Recognise and write decimal equivalents to 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4
  • Solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places
Year 5
  • Compare, order, add and subtract fractions
  • Recognise and work with mixed numbers / improper fractions
  • Multiply proper fractions / mixed numbers by whole numbers
  • Read and write decimal numbers as fractions (0.71 = 71/100)
  • Write percentages as a fraction with a denominator 100
  • Solve problems using percentage and decimal equivalents 
Year 6
  • Use common factors to simplify fractions; use common multiples to express fractions in the same denomination
  • Add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers, using the concept of equivalent fractions
  • Write fraction problems answers in their simplest form
  • Divide proper fractions by whole numbers
  • Calculate decimal fraction equivalents for a simple fraction
  • Use equivalences between fractions, decimals, percentages

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