Savile Park Primary School

Headteacher: Mrs J Boylan

Measurement

Understanding measurement is essential to be able to quantify the world around us. The measuring skills your child learns at primary school will go on to help them in everyday life, from cooking, to shopping, to getting to work on time!

At the end of primary school, children sit mandatory tests in arithmetic and reasoning. Although these may seem a bit daunting, children build their maths skills gradually through the primary years. So your child will progress from comparing lengths and weights in Year 1 to calculating the area and volume of shapes in Year 6.

There are lots of simple things you can do at home to help your child learn about measurement.

How to help at home

You don’t need to be an expert to support your child with maths! Here are three simple but effective ways you can help your child develop their understanding of measurement.

1. Measure everything

There are lots of opportunities to practise measuring at home. Try to measure practically wherever possible. Discuss and identify standard units (like cm, m, kg, g, l, ml) on food packaging, toiletries, or clothes labels.

You could also try using non-standard measures. For example, how many paces long is the kitchen? How many paperclips wide is the book?

2. Bake together

Help your child to measure ingredients when you are cooking. Identify the capacity/volume or mass/weight of ingredients, either using scales or less formal methods such as cups. Another great idea is to look at recipes in both metric and imperial units. Older children may be able to convert between them.

3. Check the time

Look for analogue clocks and digital clocks when out and about. Practise reading times and converting them to 12- or 24-hour times. You could also use timetables to solve problems – for example, finding when the next bus will arrive or how long a train journey will take.