Halves and wholes

4 - 6 years
Ideas to help your child practise their numeracy skills - with you, and online
Boy holding halves of lime fruit in hands

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 Foundation Year curriculum include:

  • recognising a 'whole' and 'parts of a whole' around you
  • recognising that a whole object can be divided into equal parts, and that these parts can be put back together to make the whole
  • recognising that halves are two equal parts.

It’s easy to help your child practise these skills as part of everyday life – just use these simple ideas.

Get halved

Mastering halves can be pretty tricky, so give your child lots of practice with:

  • noticing halves – eg half a glass of water, half a sandwich, half an orange
  • folding things in half – eg towels, paper, ribbons
  • cutting things in half pieces – eg bread, fruit, magazine pictures. Do the two parts look the same? Are they the same size?
  • dividing groups into half – half for me, half for you!

When your child is doing picture and shape puzzles, talk about how the whole has been broken into parts, and how the parts fit back together to make the whole. 

Go online

For online reinforcement, Who's got the biggest half? will give your child practice at:

  • investigating halves of familiar objects. 



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Last modified
7 April 2020