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KS1: Maths: Ma2: Shape, Space & Measure: Understanding Measures

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Understanding measures

4. Pupils should be taught to:

  1. estimate the size of objects and order them by direct comparison using appropriate language; put familiar events in chronological order; compare and measure objects using uniform non-standard units [for example, a straw, wooden cubes], then with a standard unit of length (cm, m), weight (kg), capacity (l) [for example, 'longer or shorter than a metre rule', 'three-and-a-bit litre jugs']; compare the durations of events using a standard unit of time
  2. understand angle as a measure of turn using whole turns, half-turns and quarter-turns
  3. estimate, measure and weigh objects; choose and use simple measuring instruments, reading and interpreting numbers, and scales to the nearest labelled division.

Note for 4a: In the international system of units, kilogram (kg) is the unit of mass. In practice, mass is measured by weighing; scales measure or compare a force (a push or a pull). At key stage 1 it is acceptable to treat weight as synonymous with mass.

Note for 4b: ICT opportunity: Pupils could programme a toy to follow a path involving half- and quarter-turns.


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