 Division is one of the four maths operations that we use every day. When we use division, we break up a number or an amount into equal parts.

Sometimes a division calculation does not give a whole number answer. In this case, we can either give a remainder (how many are left over, that cannot be put into equal groups) or use a fraction or a decimal to share the remainder out. For example 5÷2=2r1=2.5=2½.

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## Division Facts

• Division is the inverse of multiplication. If you know 6×2=3, you also know that 6÷3=2, for example.
• The proper name for a division sign ÷ is an obelus.
• Sometimes the / symbol is used to mean divide, so 6/2=6÷2.
• The word divide comes from the Latin word dividere, meaning to force apart.

## Videos

#### KS2 – Long Division

This video gives a very clear demonstration of the long division method.

Running time: 5:43

#### Year 1 Division by sharing

A super short video showing how to divide by sharing.

Running time: 1:29

#### Dividing using repeated subtraction

Who can help Mrs Barker divide treats between her dogs?

Running time: 3:30

#### Division as Grouping

This video for younger learners demonstrates how to solve division problems using grouping.

Running time: 6:31

## Books

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