Tuesday 17th November 2020
LC- To Simplify Fractions
Today we are going to continue learning how to simplify fractions.
In year 6, we often have to give our answers in the simplest form so it is best to get into the habit of doing this.
When simplifying fractions, we look at the numerator (top number) and the denominator (bottom number) and decide whether these numbers can be made smaller. We look to see if they have a common factor. For example:
3/15 can be simplified because both of the numbers can be divided by 3.
3 divided by = 1
15 divided by 3 = 5
So 3/15 can be simplified to 1/5.
Have a look at the following question.
So if he took 8 out of 12 pieces, then he has 8/12.
Can 8/12 be simplified?
So we have learned that sometimes we may have to do more than one step.
8/12 . These numbers can both be divided by 2 and we will get 4/6. However, 4 and 6 can also be simplified by dividing by 2. Now we have 2/3. Now this is in the simplest form.
To get to the simplest form straight away, divide the numbers by the biggest number you can. It won't always be 2! Then always check to see if you can go further.
Now try the pages from the Maths NO Problem book.
If you are at home, record these in your book. Simplify in the clearest way for you as you have no boxes to fill in.