Measures in the primary curriculum

Weight - infants

Content for junior infant class

The child should be enabled to

• Develop an understanding of the concept of weight through exploration, handling of objects, and use of appropriate vocabulary e.g. heavy/light, heavier/lighter, balance, weigh.
Sort objects into heavy or light sets?
Handle and describe objects using the vocabulary of weight
• Compare objects according to weight.
Present simple problems, e.g. pupils estimate (guess) by handling
which object is heavier or lighter?
Check using balance & discuss.
Compare pairs of objects that look alike but are different in weight, e.g. golf ball and plastic squash ball.

Content for senior infant class

The child should be enabled to

• Develop an understanding of the concept of weight through exploration, handling of objects and use of appropriate vocabulary
• Compare and order objects according to weight compare objects that differ in size, shape and weight by handling.
Check using balance & discuss.
Compare an object with a collection of objects.
Compare a collection of objects with another collection of objects.
Order three objects according to weight by handling, check using balance and discuss
findings / observations.
• Estimate and weigh in non-standard units?
Check using balance and then present simple problems e.g. how many apples do you think will balance your lunchbox?
• Select and use appropriate non-standard units to weigh objects and follow up by presenting simple problems e.g. how can we find the weight of a stone?
Which unit will we use (matchsticks or conkers)?
Discuss reasons for choice.