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## National STEM Learning Centre

Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds PAULA KELLY: This week we’ve begun our journey into the world of fractions. We’ve seen a fraction can be part of a whole, or a fraction can be part of many.

Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds MICHAEL ANDERSON: We’ve looked at how fractions can be written in many different forms– through diagrams, as equivalent fractions, and as mixed numbers and top-heavy fractions.

Skip to 0 minutes and 23 seconds PAULA KELLY: We’ve also looked at how we can compare fractions by making the numerators the same and comparing denominators, or by making denominators the same and comparing the numerators.

Skip to 0 minutes and 34 seconds MICHAEL ANDERSON: Just a quick reminder– if you haven’t already done so, check out this week’s accompanying worksheet of questions for you to have a go at yourself. We’ve also linked some further teaching resources you may wish to explore in order to consolidate your learning from this week.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 seconds PAULA KELLY: Next week, we’ll look at how to express fractions as decimals and as percentages, including recurring as well as terminating decimals. We’ll see you then.

# Summary: introducing fractions

This week we began our journey through the world of fractions. We’ve highlighted how it is important that we consider what the ‘whole’ value is for fractions to make sense. You’ve also looked at how fractions can be written in many different forms: equivalent fractions, mixed numbers, top heavy fractions and can be represented using diagrams as well as numbers. You’ve practised comparing fractions by making the numerators the same and comparing the denominators, or by making the denominators the same and comparing the numerators.

Next week, we will express fractions as decimals and as percentages and explore fractions which produce recurring decimals and those fractions which produce terminating decimals.

## Further resources

To consolidate your learning and discover some teaching resources you may consider using in the classroom., as an additional activity, attempt some of the resources in Pack One from the Fractions section of the SMILE resources.