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Y1 Maths MEASUREMENT length, height, weight, capacity, money and time
Y1 Measuring
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Resources for the mathematics curriculum 2014


LO: Compare, describe and solve practical problems for lengths and heights [for example, long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short, double/half]


  • Introduction to measuring length: Looks at how and why we need to measure different objects.
  • Comparing length: Explains what length is, and looks at different objects, lining them up to compare length.
  • Measuring with hand spans: Explains how to use hand spans to measure suitable objects. (Also included is a printable handspan sheet in pdf)
  • Measuring height: Explains and demonstrates how to measure height using cubes, asking children to predict how many cubes.
  • Estimating and measuring height with cubes: Looks at different animals and asks the children to estimate how many cubes they will need to build a tower to the same height.


LO: Compare, describe and solve practical problems for mass/weight [for example, heavy/light, heavier than, lighter than]


  • Heavier and lighter: Compares two objects, asking children to guess which is heavier or lighter, then shows the objects on a balance.
  • Measures - weight: Explains how to use a balance to compare the weight of two objects, and also how to use cubes as units of measurement.


LO: Compare, describe and solve practical problems for capacity and volume [for example, full/empty, more than, less than, half, half full, quarter]

  • Capacity and volume (powerpoint): explaining and demonstrating full, emty etc.
  • Capacity vocabulary: in pdf to print, with images

  • Common standard measures (powerpoint): To introduce standard units.


LO: recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes 


Coins and notes:explanations of how much they are worth


LO: Sequence events in chronological order using language [for example, before and after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening]


  • Time vocabulary: for display or for use in sequencing activities

LO: Recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years

  • Days of the week: Explanation of how the days of the week got their names, with an activity to help order the days of the week.
  • Months of the year: Explains how the months of the year got their names, with an activity to help order the months of the year.
  • Months and seasons: Includes a rhyme to help the children remember how many days there are in a each month, and looks at what season each month is in. Ends with a quiz to help order the months of the year.

LO: Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.


How to tell the time: Explains how to tell the time on an analogue clock  - o'clock and half past.


  • Blank clocks
  • Days of the week (in colour and black and white)
  • Draw the time on the clocks
  • Large clock
  • Months of the year display

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