You could of course just go straight for the algebraic proof but it does require a level of confidence with surds. So you might want to scaffold this task. Maybe start by putting some numbers in for the radius of the smaller semi-circle, maybe 2. You could then do it again with 4 and ask students if they are convinced by that. (Here are some examples to warn against the dangers of extrapolating what appears to be a pattern). If you do take the numbers approach it’s good calculator practice. Can you type the whole expression for the area of the curved shape into the calculator to get an exact answer?

And here is a little GeoGebra drawing to go with it.