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Division – making equal groups

This week we are learning about division through making equal groups.  We are going to use a more practical approach as this is a very tricky concept. 

Look at the pictures below to see that I have used cuddly toys and fruit to model division for you. I collected 4 teddies and 8 bananas. I shared the bananas equally between the 4 teddies. Each teddy got 2 bananas each. Practice sharing objects in your home so that you fully understand the concept of division.

Sharing 8 bananas between 4 teddies

Here is a Numberjacks video  on `Fair Sharing’.  This will help you to look at equal groups.

Numberjacks | Fair Shares | S1E32

Things aren't being shared fairly, thanks to the Problem Blob - 6 makes everything all right. FUN FACT! WHAT is Numberjacks? It is all about excitement, fun ...

Here are some examples for you to discuss with your child


Example 1  has 10 children altogether and there are going to be 2 children in each group.  You then have to circle the children in groups of 2.  How many groups are there?



Example 2: Let’s do this together. 

 I have 12 pens altogether and need to work out how many pen containers I need.  Each container needs 3 pens.  Can you get 12 pens like me and then put 3 pens in each container? How many containers did i use?


Look at the photos and the explanation below to help you.




Can your child explain what they have done? Here is an example of an explanation...

"I had 12 pens altogether.

I put the pens into groups of 3.

I needed 4 containers for each group of 3 pens.

There are 4 groups of 3 pens."


Click on the link below to play a sharing game with Curious George.
If you are really confident with all of the practical activities and would like to have a go at recording your learning here are some links to sharing worksheets. I have also added a couple of division activities onto My Maths so feel free to log in and have a go at those too.