Year 6 Multiplying and Dividing Fractions: Spotting an Equivalence

Year 6 Multiplying and Dividing Fractions: Spotting an Equivalence

WOW Lesson

Year 6 Multiplying and Dividing Fractions: Spotting an Equivalence This lesson aims to help children understand the structures behind multiplication and division and how they apply them to fractions. Children explore pictorial representations of the multiplication and division of fractions. They begin to see the equivalence that dividing by 2/3 is equivalent to multiplying by 3/2. The key to teaching fractions is the use of the CPA approach. Children are often introduced to the KFC (Keep Flip Change) method for dividing by a fraction, but with no understanding. This lesson aims to equip them with the foundations for reasoning why KFC works. This lesson can be used as two lessons or adapted into a single lesson, whichever suits the needs of your children.

Key Stage 2

Year 6

  • Mathematics
  • Number - Fractions (including decimals and percentages)
  • multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answer in its simplest form [for example, 1/4 × 1/2 = 1/8 ]
  • divide proper fractions by whole numbers [for example, 1/3 ÷ 2 = 1/6 ]
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