Years 1 & 2: Measures

This list consists of visual resources, activities and games designed to support the new curriculum programme of study in Years 1 and 2. Containing tips on using the resources and suggestions for further use, it covers aspects of:

Year 1: Compare, describe and solve practical problems for: lengths and heights, mass/weight, capacity and volume, time, measure and begin to record the following: lengths and heights, mass/weight, capacity and volume, time (hours, minutes, seconds), recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes, sequence events in chronological order using language, recognise and use language relating to dates, days of the week, weeks, months and years, tell the time to the hour and half past the hour, draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.

Year 2: Choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure: length/height (m/cm); mass (kg/g), temperature (°C), capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, compare and order lengths, mass, volume/capacity and record the results using >, < and =, recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p), combine amounts to make a particular value, find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money, solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change, compare and sequence intervals of time, tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times, know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.

Visit the primary mathematics webpage to access all lists.

Links and Resources

Maths Chest 2 - Measure: Pack 2

Aimed at Key Stage One, this resource provides many practical activities which could be used with the whole class or with smaller groups. It covers the areas of capacity, money, time, length and weight.

Topic 24 looks at comparing capacity  of containers using liquids and solids. Using dry materials such as sand, lentils and rice helps children to see that capacity does not just relate to liquids. This hands-on activity helps children develop the vocabulary needed to compare the capacity of containers.

In Topic  41 children look at combinations of coins which total a given amount of money and go on to role play situations in which they pay for various items and receive change.

publication year
1980 - 1989

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Measures

This video shows how one teacher introduces capacity to her class. The idea, which begins at 9mins, on the film involves children estimating the capacity of different containers by drawing the size of puddle they think the liquid inside will produce. Children could order the containers from smallest capacity to largest. They work in pairs to investigate the size of puddles produced using containers of different capacities.This activity provides an opportunity for children to work systematically in a fun, 'hands on' way.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Interactive Teaching Programs 2

The interactive measuring cylinder and scales are great ways of demonstrating to children how to read scales before they have a go themselves. Pour liquid into and out of the measuring cylinder using two taps. The scale on the cylinder can be set to a maximum of 50, 100, 200, 500 or 1000 units and the scale interval to 1, 2, 5 or 10 units.

Measuring scales allow different masses to be added to or taken from the scale pan. The pointer or hand, which can be hidden, shows the total mass. A red marker can be used to keep a track of previous values and to set target quantities.

Full details of using these tools are provided in the teacher guidance.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Starting Games

This resource contains a wealth of games which practise many aspects of mathematics at levels 1-3.

Guess the length on page 32 practises estimating the lengths of given lines and measuring them.

Page 52 introduces an activity on comparing the masses of objects in a comparison game, which uses a pan balance. It could be extended into an activity where children practise weighing the objects and reading off scales.

Page 68 practises making sums of money using different coin combinations.

Page 74 is a game in which children recognise times on clockfaces looking at quarter to, quarter past, and half past hour.

publication year
1980 - 1989

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Money and Measure Activities for Students Aged 5-7

Sometimes you just need an extra sheet for a small group to practise and consolidate learning. This resource contains 6 activity sheets on money and days of the month.

This resource provides 6 games which practise money. Laminate and use when there are a few minutes to practise money and time.

publication year
2010 to date

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