How to add, subtract, multiply, divide fractions is an important foundational skill.
Learn these, practice them and always keep to the same methods!
There are 6 main numeracy skills that will help with your maths. Click here to read more.
Fraction manipulation represents around 1/3rd (yes, really!) of a typical GCSE paper. Questions such as:
- 1/3 + 7/8 = ?
- and so on ..
… all will use fractions in some form.
The study of fractions is one of the most important parts of foundational maths study. Fractions can be a little easier to ‘visualise’ when you are calculating. Try to develop a ‘reasonableness check’ while you are working through the calculations. For instance:
A quarter of 63456 is around 15,000
- because it’s nearly 60,000.
- a quarter is half of a half*
try to ‘see’ a half of a half as a quarter, like this:
the quarter is half of the half
It gets a little trickier with some advanced fractions. Perhaps using ‘nearly equivalents’ would be helpful… such as 9/16 is around a half, or, 3/14 is a little less than a quarter.
Try some of the videos. Maybe you could stop halfway and try to guess the answer.
Mixed numbers to improper fractions
Improper fractions to mixed numbers
How to add fractions – part 1
How to add fractions – part 2
How to takeaway or subtract fractions – part 1
How to takeway or subtract fractions – part 2
How top multiply fractions
How to multiply mixed fractions – including whole numbers
How to divide fractions – coming soon 🙂
Watch how to add, subtract, multiply, divide fractions on my YouTube channel.