For parents

Finding a half

by Bhavini Pandya June 16, 2020

Are you learning about fractions? Try this What’s in my tray? activity to find half of a group of objects.

  • Maths (KS1)
  • Fractions of objects
  • Simple to create at home

What to do:

  • Find a selection of objects
  • Get two empty containers, each of which represents one half.
  • To find a half, simply share the objects one by one into each of the containers.
  • When there are no objects left, count how many are in each container.
  • Each container should have the same number of objects if they have been shared equally.
  • One container is equal to one half (1/2).
  • In our picture above, 1/2 of 18 is equal to 9. There were 18 objects in total and then in each container there were 9 objects.
  • Can you find halves of different objects in your home?