What is Proportion?  Resource (Free Download)

Suitable for Year groups: 6, 7, 8

What is Proportion?  resource description

This colourful resource asks what is proportion? Here a square is shaded in different colours and the fraction that is shaded is displayed. Pupils will see that as the size of the square increases the fraction shaded does not change.

What is Proportion Example

What is the resource?

This PDF provides examples demonstrating how proportions work. Aimed at secondary learners unfamiliar with this key maths concept.


Why are proportions important?

They let us handle messy numbers easily. Proportions make sense of scaling & comparing:

  • Recipes or DIY: Doubling/tripling amounts means more materials – proportions keep this error-free.
  • Maps & models: The 'real' thing vs its tiny representation have to use a fixed proportion across dimensions.
  • Data or polls: If 3 in a class of 15 do X, that proportion scales up into estimates about more people.
  • Science & beyond: Rates (speed), mixtures, and even advanced graphing rely on understanding proportions.


Why is this resource helpful?

It tackles learner hurdles and builds confidence by focusing on the 'why' as well as the steps:

  • Clear 'scaling' visuals: Uses an image showing one group doubled, to anchor in what proportions mean.
  • Links to fractions: Proportion notation has similarities – making this tie reduces the ‘unknown’ feeling.
  • Real-world examples included: Makes abstract ideas less so; shows 'maths is around us' for motivation.
  • Printable PDF: Ideal for 'first encounter' lesson handouts in class, then as revision aid independently.

This helps solidify proportions as a tool. Students start seeing them in use everywhere, leading to quicker solving in a wide range of maths topics.



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