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Multiplying fractions by whole numbers

Multiplying fractions by whole numbers worksheet
A Year 5 maths worksheet created by an experienced teacher to help teach your child how to multiply fractions by whole numbers.
Keystage:  KS2, Year 5

How do you multiply a fraction by a whole number in primary school?

When multiplying fractions with a whole number, you multiply the numerator by the whole number while the denominator stays the same. 

Another way to look at it is that you're basically taking that fraction and repeating it as many times as the whole number says. 

What is an example of multiplying a fraction by a whole number?

Here is a written example:

If you have 1/4 of a pizza and you want to know how much you have if you have 3 times that amount, you just add 1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4, which equals 3/4 of the pizza. So, to multiply a fraction by a whole number, you're just making more of that fraction!

Here is a visual example: 

fractions example

How will this fractions worksheet help your child?

This worksheet was created by a primary-school teacher to help your child understand the method for multiplying fractions by a whole number. Your child is given a clear and easy-to-understand explaination and then they are asked to solve a series of equations, designed to familiarise them with common questions (that may come up in tests) and build their confidence in their ability to handle fractions. 

For more support with fractions, check out our hub page, or try a new challenge such as our Calculating equivalent fractions worksheet.