Fractions

Fractions

Your child is going to be learning about fractions the whole way through primary school and at some stage is likely to need your support at home.

In this section of the site you'll find lots of fractions worksheets, divided by school year, covering core fractions skills such as finding fractions of numbers, simplifying fractions, ordering a set of fractions, turning fractions into decimals, improper fractions, converting fractions and equivalent fractions.

Articles

Fractions
Teachers' tricks for fractions
From halves in quarters in KS1 to equivalent fractions in KS2, primary teacher Phoebe Doyle offers some insiders’ tips to help you help your child at home, plus details of fraction walls, hundred charts and other useful maths resources.
Numerator
What is the numerator?
We explain what the numerator of a fraction is and give examples of how the concept might be taught in Key Stage 2, as well as explaining fractions equivalence and the relationship between the numerator and denominator.
Fractions wall
What are equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions?
We explain what equivalent fractions are, how the concept of equivalence is introduced in primary school maths and how knowledge of equivalent fractions is then used to simplify fractions.

Worksheets

Introduction to fractions worksheet
Introduction to fractions
Can you colour in these fractions? Then try dividing up this pizza.
Calculating equivalent fractions worksheet
Calculating equivalent fractions
Are 4/5 and 8/10 equivalent? How about 1/3 and 2/4? Revise the method used to find out and practise calculations with this equivalent fractions worksheet.
Finding fractions of quantities
Finding fractions of quantities
To find a fraction of a quantity, divide the quantity by the denominator (the bottom number of the fraction) and then multiply your answer by the numerator (the top number of the fraction). Can you work out these fractions of quantities, using this method?

Tutorials

Finding one quarter of a quantity tutorial
Mrs Brown is feeling very generous and wants to give away a quarter of her sweets. After our digital teacher has shown you how to find one quarter of a quantity, can you help Mrs Brown share out her sweets?
Simplifying fractions tutorial
Simplifying fractions is easy when you know how. Watch as our digital teacher demonstrates how to do it and then you'll have a chance to try it for yourself.
Comparing fractions with different denominators tutorial
Comparing fractions with different denominators sounds tricky, but it isn't when you know how. Our digital teacher will show you the best method and then give you a chance to practise by asking you to have a go at some questions yourself.

Games

Equivalent fractions game
Equivalent fractions game

Cake!!!! Ensure Dick, Dom, Lutin and Mannitol get their fill in this fractions feast!

Fractions basic game
Fractions basic game

Use the BAMZOOKi arena floor to divide up these fractions. But hurry! The clock is ticking...

Comparing fractions game
Comparing fractions game

Oh dear, Dick and Dom have encountered a love-struck witch. Play your fractions right and save the day!

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Fractions made simple

Fractions made simple

Foxed by fractions? Not any more! From the foundations of fractions learning in Reception to converting fractions to decimals and percentages in Year 6, our learning pack identifies everything your child needs to know in this tricky area. You’ll understand how fractions are taught using pictures, how to make the concept real for your child and revise the mathematical terminology (numerators, improper fractions, quotients and more). Of course, you might have to eat a few halves, quarters and eighths of pizzas or cakes with your child to help them learn… it’s a hard life, being a parent!

Fractions Learning Journey

Fractions Learning Journey

Fractions is one of the key topics your child will be tested on in their maths SATs (which they will sit in the summer term of Year 2 and Year 6) but is often one of the areas that parents find most challenging to help their child understand.

Working through from the basics of understanding what a fraction is, right up to converting fractions into decimals and doing fractions on a calculator, the Fractions Learning Journey will help your child master this tricky maths skill.

By the end of the Fractions Learning Journey, your child will have no problem answering the kind of questions that might come up in their SATs test such as:

    •    How would you find 2/8 of 24?
    •    What is the decimal equivalent of 6/10?
    •    What is half of 3.6?
    •    What is 1/7 of 420?
    •    Which is bigger, 3/4 of 268 or 50% of 384?

Fractions