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Multiply Simple Fractions

In this worksheet, students will multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answer in its simplest form.

'Multiply Simple Fractions' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Number: Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

Curriculum subtopic:   Multiply Proper Fractions

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we will be learning to multiply proper fractions. 


A proper fraction is one where the numerator is smaller than the denominator. 

Proper fractions are worth less than one whole. 


Let's look at the method of multiplying fractions!


Step 1: Multiply the numerators together.

Step 2: Multiply the denominators together.

Step 3: Simplify the fraction if necessary. 



1 x 2 = 2

9 x 3 = 27


The answer is:


We cannot simplify 2/27 since there is no common factor of 2 and 27.


Let's try an example question together. 



Work out the following, remembering to give your answer in its lowest terms.




Step 1: Multiply the numerators together.

3 x 4 = 12


Step 2: Multiply the denominators together.

5 x 8 = 40


Step 3: Simplify the fraction if necessary. 

12/40 can be simplified to 3/10 when we divide both the numerator and denominator by the same factor (4).


The answer will be 3/10.


Does that make sense?

Now it's time to try some questions like this for yourself. 


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