Year 6 have been working on fractions, decimals and percentages. To deepen their understanding they have solved problems in unfamiliar contexts, including being able to find equivalence. Children have explored, clarified and practiced their skills and represented their learning in multiple ways. They have used mathematical language to be able to communicate the related ideas and used opportunities to think mathematically about the concepts.
The children were keen to solve ‘tarsia’ puzzles (jigsaws) to identify equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages and created ‘chatterboxes’, which generated lots of discussion and excitement!
Thinking about the relevance of some of these ideas in the real world and pondering over thought- provoking questions are both crucial in achieving true ‘mastery’ of a topic. Children have explored the meaning of the term ‘Percent’ as ‘Per cent’; if percentages are ‘out of 100’, how might we have a profit of 200%, for example?