Maths KS1: Titch and Ted Learn About Quarters (pt 3/6)
Titch and her uncle Ted have fraction problems to solve as they work on odd jobs at Mr Pie’s house.
They are in the garden and there are sandwiches to share, windows to be cleaned and bottles of water to leave half full.
It is a good thing Titch knows about fractions – she uses her knowledge of halves and quarters to help Ted.
They learn that two quarters are the same as one half and that four quarters make one whole. Ted also discovers that as 1 litre is 1000 millilitres, then half a litre must be 500 mililitres.
This clip is from the series Titch and Ted Do Maths.
Children might fold or cut squares or rectangles to explore and create halves and quarters.
They might use fraction puzzles or pictures to show that two quarters are equivalent to a half, that two halves make a whole and four quarters make a whole.
To link the learning to the story, teachers could print pictures of square or rectangular windows, like those Titch and Ted clean in this episode, and use these to create halves and quarters.
To extend this, teachers could begin to look at what the numerator and the denominator in the fraction represent and label the fractions they have created.
Teachers could use water to fill and half fill bottles. Children could use labels to mark how full the bottle is in words or as fractions, teachers might extend this to fill bottles a quarter full or three quarters full. Children might order the bottle from least to most full.
You could ask children how full the bottle would be if you added a bottle that was a quarter full to another quarter full bottle.
Suitable for teaching KS1 Maths, particularly fractions and decimals and problem solving skills.