Years 1 & 2: Fractions
This list consists of visual resources, activities and games designed to support the new curriculum programme of study in Years 1 and 2. Containing tips on using the resources and suggestions for further use, the list covers:
Year 1: recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity, recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.
Year 2: recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3 1/4 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity, write simple fractions e.g. 1/2 of 6 = 3 and recognise the equivalence of two quarters and one half.
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Links and Resources
Build all of the possible one-colour trains to match the purple rod. Place them under the single purple rod to build a fraction wall. Ask children to name the fractional parts of the whole purple rod and look at the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2.
This activity is a way of introducing or reinforcing fractions as part of a whole and fraction families using a concrete, visual representation. It could be used as a whole class activity or with small groups of children.
Topic 36 contains a range of practical activities for halving a single object, with the emphasis on ways of checking that both parts are equal. It moves onto activities which involve halving sets of objects.
Some activities require repromasters and workbook sheets.
Have fun playing this game in which children spin a spinner to find a number and then are asked to halve it. Laminate and use in small groups to practise halving.
This is a great book to use across the mathematics curriculum to practise number skills. Page 83 on the pdf is a worksheet which helps children to recognise halves, quarters and thirds by colouring parts of shapes. This could be extended to colouring fifths, sixths, eighths and tenths using outlines drawn on squared paper if required.
A worksheet asking children to colour different pictures to represent halves may be found here.
The Fractions ITP culd be used to demonstarte equivalent fractions. Choose two equal strips, one above the other, divide one into halves and the second into quarters to show that 1/2 is equivalent to 2/4. Children could draw the strips on paper, colour them, or fold them and then cut them out so they can see they are equivalent.