MD 1 – DIVIDE INTO ‘GROUPS OF …’ AND ‘… EQUAL GROUPS’

Children begin to investigate the 2 ways to divide – by dividing into ‘… equal groups’ and by dividing into ‘groups of …’.
NB: This understanding is vital to children being able to relate dividing to fractions, and to being able to divide using multiplicative thinking from Year 3 onwards.
From Year 3 onwards, when children divide by whole numbers, seeing division as ‘___ equal groups’, allows them to develop their understanding of the relationship between division and fractions (dividing by 2 is the same as halving). Seeing division as ‘groups of ___’ allows children to divide by fractions.

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