3.6 Component 6: measures

This content aims to develop the student’s understanding and use of measures.

Students will learn through practical activities about methods used to measure length, weight and capacity using standard and non-standard units. They will begin to convert units of length, weight and capacity and learn how to read scales of measurement. They will also learn to compare temperature including temperature with negative values.

Procedures for making and recording assessments

Class work assessed by the teacher in response to the outcomes in the table, or assessed by an externally set assignment.

Outcomes to be accredited

In successfully completing this component, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

Entry 1



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1.1 Compare lengths, heights, weights and capacities

Key words are long, longer, short, shorter, tall, taller, heavy, heavier, light, lighter, more, less, most, least


1.2 Give the length of a line drawn on a centimetre grid

Up to 20 cm

N13, G14, G15

1.3 Describe capacity in fractions

Key words are empty, half full, full

Tick the jug that is more than half full


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2.1 Choose appropriate standard units of length, capacity and weight

mm, cm, m, km, g, kg, ml, cl, l

Which unit would be the best to measure the length of a football pitch?

N13, G14

2.2 Compare and order lengths, capacities and weights in the same units


N1, N13, G14

2.3 Select a possible length, capacity or weight for a given item


N13, G14

2.4 Measure or draw a length using a ruler

In whole mm or whole and half cm

N13, G14, G15

2.5 Estimate the weight, capacity or length of given items

Given two items, tick the heavier item

Estimate the weight of a bag of crisps


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3.1 Add lengths, capacities and weights and compare the total to another total or a requirement


N1, N2, N13, G14

3.2 Convert standard units of length, capacity and weight

How many kg is 2500 g?

Change 410 cm into cm and mm

N13, R1, G14

3.3 Compare and order lengths, capacities and weights in different standard units

Which is longest, 4.2 m, 395 cm or 4050 mm?

N1, N13, R1, G14

3.4 Measure the perimeter of a simple shape


N13, G14, G15

3.5 Choose an appropriate measuring instrument


3.6 Read values from an appropriate scale

Read off a number line

N13, G14

3.7 Read and compare temperature including temperature with negative values


N1, N13, G14