In year 5 this morning the children were given a set of shapes to ‘play’ with. It was great to hear lots of maths discussions taking place. Here is some of the ‘maths talk’ which took place.

*“If you work out the area of the square then the triangle will be half because it is half of the square.”*

*“If we work out the perimeter of the square, then we know that the rectangle will be half because this side is half of the square.”*

*“Symmetry is like fractions because you can divide up the shape into equal parts which are the same.”*

*“Quarters of the square can be a different shape but they must have the same area.”*

1/2 + 2/4 = 1

8/4 = 2

1 – 1/4 = 3/4

1 whole and 1/4 is the same as 5/4