Skip to main content
article icon

TESiboard Numeracy – Height and Length (KS1)

Resources | Published 20 June, 2011

See all interactive activities by Key Stage, Subject and Curriculum Area

OR
Try the activities in this collection, below

Height and Length, a TESiboard Measure Collection

Making comparisons between objects is important to encourage the development of mathematical language. These first activities ask children to estimate how many of one animal will equal the height or length of a larger one. Pupils estimate first, then test their predictions. A report of the pupil’s outcomes is created.

Comparing Jungle Animals (Height)

Pupils use animals as non-standard units to measure the height of other animals and to compare their relative heights.

Comparing Jungle Animals (Length)

Pupils use animals as non-standard units to measure the length of other animals and to compare their relative lengths.


To support children in beginning to read a scale, these are simple activities to measure to the nearest metre, in either height or length. The animals’ different heights and lengths offer opportunities for comparisons and difference questions.

Animal Height Labels

Pupils measure the jungle animals against the measuring stick and record their heights in whole metres.

Animal Length Labels

Pupils measure the jungle animals against the measuring stick and record their lengths in whole metres.


The following activities look at measuring without a context, and are useful for gauging children’s understanding of both relative lengths and metric units:

Comparing Line Lengths

Pupils build sentences to describe the length of the lines in relation to each other, comparing and recording the difference.

Measuring Lines - Make 1m

Pupils join sets of 2 or more lines to add up to a total of 1 metre. When joined, the lengths of lines are also shown as a sum, e.g. 70cm+20cm+10cm=1m.


Reading numbered divisions on a scale:

At the Vets

This activity asks pupils to measure the height and length of (and weigh) the animals and to compare data. Lots of opportunities to draw out comparison language and to discuss reading scales with unmarked intervals.


Go to our resources index to see other TESiboard collections

Alternatively, the full TESiboard content is available in a classroom friendly form at www.tes.iboard.co.uk

We’d love your comments! Please add them to any collection, resource or email me directly

steve.rawlins@tsleducation.co.uk


Subscribe to the magazine

as yet unrated

Add your comment

Subscribe to TES magazine
Join TES for free now

Join TES for free now

Four great reasons to join today...

1. Be part of the largest network of teachers in the world – over 2m members
2. Download over 600,000 free teaching resources
3. Get a personalized email of the most relevant resources for you delivered to your inbox.
4. Find out first about the latest jobs in education