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.