By far the best way for a child to learn fractions (and then decimals and percentages) is to actually draw then by colouring in shapes
Once a child has spent some DRAWING fractions they will have the confidence and ability to make the leap into numbers without the need to see shapes.
In an online tutorial I start with simple shapes and fractions – for example to colour in a half or a quarter of a rectangle broken down into four squares.
Once a child is used to this, they can SEE how to add 1/4 and 3/8.
Once a child has moved on from drawing fractions visually they can always go back to this method if they need to for more advanced geometry.
In an online tutorial a child has time to solve ten or more fractions by drawing them out, with which I will be assisting.
It can take as little as one or two sessions for the child to “click” how fractions work. You can almost hear it!
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Learning fractions addition and subtraction visually is a great way to secure fractions numeracy
Fractions lend themselves to be taught online very well, enabling both tutor and tutee to colour in boxes, rub them out, add them up and simplify the answers.
Below is a screenshot from a recent tutorial I had with a Y3 child who has just begun to learn about fractions.
It is great to see a child suddenly understand that four eighths is the same as a half.
Often a couple of fractions tutorials BEFORE a child starts to learn fractions at school gives them a HUGE advantage in understanding the basics which will enable them to not only keep up with the class, but often to lead the class and the homework.
Very pleased to announce we’re starting online maths tutorials with clients in Hong Kong.
Sessions are run out of London starting at 6AM London time which is currently 1PM in Hong Kong.
We accept payment in HKD via a PayPal link.
Please get in contact if you are interested in booking a free introductory session, which will help check the technology works for you.
As a reminder, you need a touch-screen device like an iPad or laptop with a touch screen, and a stylus which is easier to use than trying to do maths with your finger.
Fractions (including decimals and percentages) can be difficult subjects to secure in the Maths Curriculum. A child should be able to:
Use common factors to simplify fractions (including when fractions are greater than one, e.g. 11/5)
Add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers
Associate a fraction with division and calculate decimal equivalents (years 5 & 6)
Identify the value of each digit up to three decimal places and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 (years 5 & 6)
Decode fractions, decimals and percentages from plain English text to solve multi-step problems (years 5 & 6)
If your child needs help with any of these topics please contact us for a free introductory session: