Measures in the primary curriculum

Length - first and second class

Content for first class

The child should be enabled to

• Estimate, compare, measure and record length using non-standard units e.g. lollipop sticks, pencils, spans, strides?
• Select and use appropriate non-standard measuring units and instruments e.g. choose a measuring unit from a selection available in the classroom
(e.g. selecting either a cube, lollipop stick or a stride to measure the room).
Discuss which units are best for measuring long objects and which are best for measuring short objects?
• Estimate, measure and record length using standard unit (the metre) i.e. length, width, height, measure, metre, nearly a metre, a bit more than / a bit less than a metre. Discuss the need for standard units. Collect sets of objects longer than, shorter than or the same length as a metre?
• Solve and complete practical tasks and problems involving length.
Suggest ways of measuring around a tree-trunk or other irregular objectâ€™s
Suggest ways of comparing objects at home - who has the widest gate?
Measure with string and bring the string to school for comparison and discussion.

Content for second class

The child should be enabled to

• Estimate, compare, measure and record length using non-standard units
• Select and use appropriate non-standard measuring units/instruments.
Select and use units/instruments for measuring tasks.
Discuss which instrument is best for short objects and which is best for long objects?
• Estimate, measure and record length using metre and centimetre through counting and recording. Explore relationship between metre and centimetre?
Measure using 10 cm rods, half-metre stick, metre stick, and trundle wheel.