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Remember that last week we started to learn about fractions- finding a half and a quarter. Today we are going to have another go at this, looking at the way the fractions are written down.


You might remember from last week that one quarter is written like this: 


The bottom number is how many parts there are altogether; 4,. The top number is how many we are talking about/ colouring; 1. This fraction means one quarter because 1 out of 4 quarters are being talked about. This would look like this: 


If I was talking about three quarters, it would be written like this:


It would look like this: 



With one half, it is written like this: 


One of the two equal parts are coloured. Sometimes you could be asked to colour ½ of a shape where 4 parts are being shown. For one half we still need to split it into 2 equal sections so this would mean 2 coloured and 2 not coloured- ½ is the same as 2/4. 


Independent task: Have a go at colouring fractions of shapes (1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 2/4). Your grown up might like to draw these for you (or you could even have a go yourself!) the document below shows some examples.