TESiboard Measure – Comparing size (EYFS/early KS1)
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Comparing Size, a TESiboard Numeracy Collection
The measure strand of Mathematics encompasses a range of different skills and concepts. Younger pupils focus on gaining suitable language and tying it to concepts of size: large, small, larger, smaller, largest, smallest, etc. Following on from this, pupils will be introduced to measuring, initially using non-standard units (e.g. number of steps to cross a room). Later on, the focus is being able to use accurately instruments of measure, across a range of measurement units (kg, ml, seconds etc).
Here we have interactive resources to stimulate the language of size, including comparative language, as a preparation for estimating and comparing size, length, height and weight of objects. We have developed the activities to engage children in practising descriptive and comparative language, with lots of opportunities for the teacher to model and reinforce the appropriate vocabulary.
- Choose hats, coats and boots for the Three Bears, stimulating discussion on size and practising comparative language.
- Compare farm animals and put them in size order. The activity can be used to draw out comparative language, such as ‘biggest’ and ‘smallest’, and to assess pupils’ understanding of relative size.
- Assess the pupils’ knowledge of comparative language (‘smaller’ and ‘larger’) by asking them to drag in the appropriate animal to finish the sentence.
- Pupils compare relative sizes of farm animals and re-size the animals in proportion to their homes in the background. The activity can be used to draw out comparative language, such as ‘smaller than’ and ‘larger than’, and to assess pupils’ understanding of relative size and proportion.
- Pupils label and sort animals of different sizes. A word bank is available if needed.
- Ask pupils how to sort the bears. Which criteria will they use and how many groups will they need? Either focus on size or move onto colour combinations as key criteria.
- Compare weights and sizes of animals, using virtual balance scales. Discussions will introduce comparative language such as ‘greater’, ‘smaller’, ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’. The report screen then asks pupils to complete comparative statements about the animals based on their findings.
Christmas-themed size activities
- An ordering activity where pupils help Santa stack the presents into size order, before delivering them down the correct chimneys.
- Sort ribbons into the correct tray based on their length.
- Choose the pairs of ribbons, by matching length, that will wrap each present.
Alternatively, the full TESiboard content is available in a classroom friendly form at
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