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Adding Fractions with Different Denominators

To add and subtract fractions with different denominators students are taught to use equivalent fractions to fin...

Multiplying Fractions

Students learn how to multiply fractions using visual and numerical methods.  As learning progresses 'cross sim...

Mixed Numbers and Top Heavy Fractions

Students learn how to convert between mixed numbers and top heavy fractions using visual and numerical methods. ...
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Calculating a Fraction of an Amount

To calculate a fraction of an amount students begin to understand how the term 'of' in mathematics relates to ...

Equivalent Fractions

To visualize equivalent fractions students are first given illustrations in the form of a fraction wall and spid...

Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Students learn how to divide with fractions and mixed numbers using numerical and calculator methods.  As learni...

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Rounding to a significant figure

When I teach rounding to a significant figure, I ask the class to discuss in pairs or small groups a definition for the word significant.  It is a word that all the students have heard before but not all are able to define. After 2 or 3 minutes of conversation I ask the students to […]

Calculating Instantaneous Rates of Change

When calculating instantaneous rates of change students need to  visualise the properties of the gradient for a straight line graph.   I use the starter activity to see if they can match four graphs with their corresponding equations. The only clue is the direction and steepness of the red lines in relation to the blue line […]

Converting Between Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

Fractions, decimals and percentages are ways of showing a proportion of something.  Any fraction can be written as a decimal, and any decimal can be written as a percentage.  In this blog I discuss how to use the place value table and equivalent fractions to illustrate how fractions, decimals and percentages are connected. You can […]