Fractions, fractions and more fractions!

Over the last few weeks, Year 6 have been learning all about fractions. First, we looked closely at how to add and subtract different fractions, and how it is important to find a common denominator in order to add and subtract each fraction correctly. We then started to explore the difference between a mixed number fraction  (which includes a whole number and a fraction) and an improper fraction (where the numerator is bigger than the denominator), and how we can use pictorial representations and mental calculations to convert between the two.

This week, we tied all of our learning together when we answered some challenging questions. In order to complete the calculation, we needed to think carefully about finding a common denominator, converting our fractions to an improper fraction and then carrying out the calculation. Some children even challenged themselves by converting their answer back to a mixed number fraction and then simplifying it!

I am extremely proud of how resilient the children have been this week when tackling a range of tricky fraction questions, whilst also bringing together all of their learning so far. Well done Year 6. I’m looking forward to next week where we will be multiplying and dividing fractions!

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