Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

This collection of resources supports the teaching of Fractions, Decimals and Percentages in primary mathematics. These activities are linked to the year groups containing the corresponding content in the National Curriculum. 




Here are some favourite activities selected by the NRICH team.

  • Fair Feast  (Y1) Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?

  • Making Longer, Making Shorter (Y2) Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?

  • Fraction Match (Y3) A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.

  • Chocolate (Y4) There are three tables in a room with blocks of chocolate on each. Where would be the best place for each child in the class to sit if they came in one at a time?

  • Spiraling Decimals (Y5) Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?

  • Would you rather? (Y6)

These are just a few of the activities on  Fractions, Decimals and Percentages that you can find on the NRICH curriculum pages.




The activities below, taken from the STEM Learning website, complement the NRICH activities above.

Links and Resources

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

A large collection of activities and games aimed at primary children from early years through to the end of primary.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Good Ideas for Fractions and Decimals

The activities in this book give experience of learning about fractions and decimals in a range of different contexts.

Designing Tiles investigates tiles that can be divided up into different fractions.

Square Fractions is an investigation into dividing a square by straight lines into fractions.

Dice Fractions is a game where fractions generated by throws of dice are ordered and compared.

Chocolate investigates the fraction of three bars of chocolate shared between different numbers of people.

Adds up to 10 poses the question of finding two numbers which add to 10 and multiply to give 20.

Patterns in decimals uses fraction to decimal conversions to compare fractions. 

Decimal Fractions is an investigation into recurring decimals.

publication year
1990 - 1999

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Pizza Fractions

This short film clip is designed to be shown in class to prompt discussion about fractions. When a customer orders a pizza she does not expect her friends to arrive at the restaurant and want to share it with her. How should the waitress cut the pizza so everyone receives the same amount? The fractions featured in this lesson starter include thirds, fifths and sixths.

Linked videos in this collection on fractions are:

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Make Sense

Aimed at older primary learners and early secondary these booklets contains a whole host of activities focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages. Many of the activities are suitable for whole class lessons and contain much scope for discussion.

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages 1 looks at:

  • Halves and quarters Something and a half
  • Shading fractions
  • A Matching fractions
  • Hexagons
  • Fractions in shapes
  • Equivalent Fractions
  • Decimals on a number line
  • Decimal search
  • Out of 100 Percentages of money
  • Percentage estimation
publication year
2000 - 2009

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Place Value, Rounding, Estimation, Fractions, Percentages and Decimals

This selection of spreadsheets were designed by the Primary National Strategies to aid teaching and learning, tackles place value, rounding, estimation, fractions, percentages and decimals, in a variety of ways. The fractions sheets include:

Fraction amounts problems shows how to calculate the fraction of an amount and the answer can be revealed. There are three real contexts in which to do calculations. The fraction and amounts can be varied.

Fraction percentage equivalents allows a fraction to be chosen by varying the numerator and denominator, the equivalent percentage can then be revealed.

Fractions has four parts. The first shows a number line with fractions, decimals and percentages, the values can be revealed or hidden. The second shows an amount at the end of a number line, the number can be split into tenths and the equivalent fraction, decimal or percentage revealed. The third shows a fraction wall. The fourth allows a fraction to be chosen and the calculation of finding an equivalent fraction can be revealed.

The FDP converter allows a improper fraction, mixed number, decimal or percentage to be chosen and the equivalents revealed. Children could predict and show on whiteboards what they think a given improper fraction would be as a mixed number.  

publication year
2000 - 2009

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