And I'm Possum.
Oh hi, everyone.
You're making pie!
Yes, I am.
I love making pies and I love eating your pie!
I have a surprise for you but you'll find out about that later.
I'm making the pie because Skip came and fixed the leaky tap.
So I thought I'd make it for him to say thank you.
I also know he's having a visitor over for dinner.
So they can have it for dessert.
They can share the pie.
There's one, two, three, four people for one pie.
If I eat this much, then we can give Skip a small bit.
I'm giving Skip the whole pie.
He and his visitor can share it.
It's not for us.
Oh, alright, then.
If there's just Skip and his visitor and there's only one pie…
Oh, they can cut it in half!
If you cut something into two equal pieces, they are halves.
So if they cut it into halves, that's still quite a big piece.
Oh, I know.
Why don't we cut it in half and then they can cut that half into half?
That will be just the right amount.
Ah, that's very thoughtful of you to think about Skip like that but it's up to him to decide how he cuts the pie.
If there's a pie and we cut it in half and then we cut one half into half again, what's that called?
Well, I think you could work this out.
You're talking about fractions.
Why don't you get a piece of paper, turn the pie dish over and trace around it?
Oh, hang on.
So, fractions – does that mean if I cut it into equal parts, are they fractions?
That's right Possum.
Oh, I get it!
I'll show you some fractions over here.
If we have a whole pie, we can show that number as one.
If we cut the pie in half, we'll have two equal parts.
If you have a circle…
Mm-hm and you cut it in half and then half again, you make quarters.
This is so much fun Sally.
Yes, it is!
Now you understand what fractions are.
They are wonderful things.
Why don't you draw some more circles and then cut them out?
Yeah and then when you make your fractions, you can either colour them in or just cut them out.
Why don't you go and play with that and I'll finish cooking the pie but Sally, I won't be playing.
I'll be learning but Possum, sometimes playing is learning.
Oh, you're right.
Learning is a lot of fun.
I'll show you.
Is this half, Sally?
Ohh, are they equal sizes Possum?
Oh no, they're not.
No, they're not.
Just fold the paper in half.
Then you can find the middle.
Then you'll get the halves.
Ohh, I get it now.
Can I cut it out?
Yes, of course.
Sally, is this half?
You've halved it.
That… Oh, I know!
Is this a half?
Yes, that's right.
That's a half.
Now, this… Is this a quarter?
Yes, that's right, a quarter.
If I fold this, and if I cut it, would that be a quarter too?
You would have four quarters.
If I have one half and a quarter and a quarter, would that make a whole pie?
It would make a whole pie.
If I had a pie that was a different shape, could I still cut it into halves and quarters?
You can make fractions out of any shape.
Some are easy and some are quite hard.
Why don't we watch some children learning about fractions?
Yeah, let's watch.
I've made one eighth.
If you have a circle and you cut it in half, then in half again, you make quarters.
This is fun.
That was great!
Fractions are so interesting.
I was right.
Sally, you go cook the pie.
I'm going to make some more fractions.
Oh, you've been working so hard at making fractions Possum.
Why don't you tell me about them?
Now, the circle…
This is a whole.
These are halves.
Right and these are quarters.
Now, I'll show you.
This half and these two quarters make a whole.
That's right and now I'll do the square.
These are the halves and these are the quarters.
Oh, this is great.
One half and the two quarters make one whole.
Oh, that's great and now the rectangle.
This is one whole.
These are the halves.
OK and these are the quarters.
Have a look.
This half and these quarters make one whole.
OK, but Sally, if I had one pie and there were three people wanting to eat it, how would we cut it?
Ah, that is good thinking Possum.
I'll show you over here.
If we have one pie…
Right and three of us, we would need to cut it into three, wouldn't we?
So one pie is shown like that and then we cut it into three equal parts, which makes them thirds.
How about I show you.
Have you got a spare circle Possum?
Here you go.
Oh, that's great.
I'm going to cut it into thirds.
One, two, three thirds make a whole.
That's right! Three equal parts, or thirds, make a whole.
You have done such a good job learning about fractions, Possum.
Now, could you please help me bring the washing in?
Seeing the washing has given me an idea.
We can play fractions.
Can we split them in half?
Oh yeah, hold on.
I'll have a look.
Oh, four red and four black.
One half, one half.
Let's do that.
You do the red and I'll do the black.
Oh Sally, look!
One half and one half!
Good job Possum.
Now, can we try quarters?
Do you remember what quarters are?
Oh, hang on, let me think.
If I have four red ones and split them into two groups of two, then I have four black ones and split them into two groups of two that would make quarters.
Sally, one quarter, one quarter, one quarter and one quarter.
Oh, well done.
You got that right.
Now, can we make it a whole by putting it in the basket?
Ok, let's go.
Do you remember I said to you earlier I had a surprise for you?
Well, this is it!
I could make so many fractions out of these pies.
Now, this one's for Skip.
He can halve that with his friend and this one is mine but where's your pie Sally?
Well, this one isn't just for you.
We need to share this one.
You've had plenty of practice with your fractions.
I'm sure you know how to share this one.
You can have this little piece and I'll have this big piece.
You are a funny possum.
Oh, I've learned so much about fractions.
Let me show you.
Ooh, what is it?
What is it?
Oh look, Sally.
Oh, look at this one!
Oh, that's great, Possum and wait there.
Oh, that does look good.
Possum's been halved!
You're so funny.
Oh, you have learned so much about fractions.
Look at all of this.
Well, our time is up.
Thanks for watching.
See you next time.
Sally, let's eat the pie!
Sally is baking a pie for Skip and a friend to share. Is there going to be a piece for Possum too? Possum will have to learn some more about fractions.