# Fractions

Discussion in 'Primary' started by saz0908, May 7, 2012.

1. ### saz0908

Can anyone recommend a book/website to help my 10 year old son with fractions.
He seems to have a real mental block with them so anything that explains how to add, subtract, divide, multiply and convert to decimal would be great.
To be honest I need to help too.

2. ### saz0908

Can anyone recommend a book/website to help my 10 year old son with fractions.
He seems to have a real mental block with them so anything that explains how to add, subtract, divide, multiply and convert to decimal would be great.
To be honest I need to help too.

3. ### jenniwillis

Am I wrong is assuming at 10 he's in year 5 or 6? If so he doesn't need to be able to any of the above unless he's aiming for level 6. For year 6 objectives, concentrate upon:

Equivalence of fractions (eg 1/2 is the same as 10/ 20 or 15/30; 1/5 is the same as 5/25) Golden rule - what you do to the bottom, you do to the top.

Equivalence of decimals/ fractions/ percentages: eg/ 1/5 = 0.2 = 20%

Ordering decimals (especially realising that 0.2 is greater than 0.11)

Finding fractions or percentages of amounts eg/ 3/4 of £12 is £9 (find 1/4 first) or what's 30% of £260? etc

Recognising fractions / percentages of shapes when parts are shaded.

He may need to go back to basics - where there's an issue with fractions, decimals or percentages, it's usually because they simply don't 'get' that they are all just different ways of expressing parts of a whole. Always talk in pizzas!

4. ### saz0908

Thanks jenniwillis.
He is off to senior school in September and has been doing practise papers for SAT's.
Some of the questions he had to find the fraction i.e what fraction of 42 is 7.
Maybe it's the wording surrounding the question. Thanks for the advice.

5. ### jenniwillis

They are the tricky ones . . .it expects him not only to understand fractions, but read the question in a kind of 'think backwards way'. Tell him to look at the numbers and think factors - it ALWAYS links to his timestables x

6. ### saz0908

Thanks. Any good websites he could practice his fractions on?

7. ### bestprimaryteachingresources

Hi,
I think this is a really good website:
Primary Games
There are loads of useful games which help consolidate mathematical concepts and above all children love them. You can scroll down or go to:
Fractions
There is a mark going through the games saying 'For evaluation only' but in my experience children tend to totally ignore it.

8. ### bestprimaryteachingresources

Hi again,
I'm sure your son will have used this website at school and you may already know about it but if not it will probably help both of you!!
BBC KS2 Bitesize