P1 are measuring up!

This week we are learning about the different ways we can measure all the things around us. It would be great if the children could think about measure at home too.

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Weight 

We will be learning to use scales to find out how many blocks different things weigh. We are also using the words heavier and lighter and spotting the numbers on packets of food to find out how much they weigh.

Maybe you could talk about weight when you visit the supermarket or when you’re making dinner?

Area

We are using blocks to find out how large different spaces are. We are using the words larger area and smaller area to describe the size of flat objects.

You could talk about the area of anything flat, i.e. the size of plates, paper, posters.

Length

We are using all sorts of ways (hands, feet, paper clips and straws) to measure, and describing length using the words long and short. We are thinking about why we don’t always get the same answers as each other and why we need standard units such as cm and m.

You could talk about the length of their food over supper. Hopefully after a few chomps their green beans won’t be so long anymore!

Volume and Capacity 

We are finding out how many cupfuls we need to fill different containers and using the words more and less.

Maybe think about how much juice or water they need to fill different glasses, or even how many cupfuls they need to fill a vase for that beautiful bunch of flowers they picked from the garden for you!

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