Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia
The Australian Curriculum sets the goal for what all students should learn as they progress through their school life. Skills in the Year 1-2 curriculum include:
- solving problems using halves and quarters and, later, eighths
- recognising and describing halves and quarters and eighths as two, four and eight equal parts of a whole
- using objects, pictures and written fractions to represent halves and quarters and eighths
- recognising and interpreting common uses of halves, quarters and eighths of shapes and collections.
It’s easy to help your child practise these skills as part of everyday life – just use these simple ideas.
Cut and share
Food time is often a great chance to build in some practice with fractions, as most children are motivated to make sure that treats are shared evenly! Ask your child to do the sharing/cutting, or to supervise you and make sure you get it right. Then practise:
- cutting up a whole thing into halves/quarters/eighths (eg a pizza or cake). How many pieces should there be?
- sharing many whole pieces between 2, 4 or 8 people (eg nuts or lollies). How many should each person get?
- cutting and sharing multiple things between 2, 4 or 8 people (eg two quiches between four people). How should you cut the pieces? How many pieces should each person get?
- putting fractions back together with the Whole Circle game:
Start with four paper circles.
Cut two circles into halves and two circles into quarters (creating twelve pieces in total).
Now take turns to flip a coin – heads means the player gets a half-circle piece, tails means they get a quarter-circle.
The first player to create two whole circles with their pieces wins.
For online reinforcement, Alien fractions will give your child practice at:
- understanding fractions (halves, quarters and eighths).