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Understanding fractions through a pizza cutter approach

This is one of a set of resources developed to support the teaching of the primary national curriculum. They are designed to support the delivery of key topics within maths and science. This resource focuses on using a pizza cutter approach to teaching fractions.

Fractions are important as they help us to be able to divide objects into equal and measurable parts. They tell you what portion of a whole you need, have, or want.

Activity info, teachers’ notes and curriculum links

In this activity learners will gain an understanding of fractions by cutting a pizza. Learners will relate to this approach as pizza is a common party food and shows how a pizza can be shared in equal parts.

This activity could be used as a starter or main activity to introduce fractions and can be developed further with other objects and a combination of halves and quarters.

The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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All activity sheets and supporting resources are free to download, and all the documents are fully editable, so you can tailor them to your students' and your schools' needs.

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