# Year Six Percentages Observation

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by rossmkps, Feb 6, 2012.

1. ### rossmkps

I am being observed in a few days teaching percentages to a high ability - mid ability year six class.
Does anyone have any creative/ fun ideas for this lesson.
Thank you.

2. ### rossmkps

I am being observed in a few days teaching percentages to a high ability - mid ability year six class.
Does anyone have any creative/ fun ideas for this lesson.
Thank you.

3. ### AnonymousNew commenter

Stick to the objective. Work out what they know already. Think about what they need to know. Teach them that.
Best bet - stick to 25%, 50% 75% - children struggle with percentages but it's one of the more useful things in life. They will have seen the adverts DFS 50% off, Sainsburys - 25% off clothing.
That's the way to go about it.

use a spider / mind map
start with 100% in the middle with the chosen amount in the same bubble
extend out to bubbles with 50%, 10%, 1%
From each of those extend on
50% - 25%
10% - 20% & 5%
1% - 2% and 1/2 %
all lead on by halving or doubling.
Then combine some by adding (e.g. add 50% and 25% to get 75%)
worked well for VAT at 17.5%
Is a great method, looks good for display and the pupils easily learn it.
Then easily adpatable to fractions and decimals (stand alone or equivalents)