Maths Year 1 Spring Measures

Each unit has everything you need to teach a set of related skills and concepts.

Measure using a uniform unit (suggested as 3 days)

Planning and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Show children a chair and a cube. How many cubes high do they think the chair will be? Estimate then measure the chair height in cubes (10s and 1s). Repeat, to measure the height of other objects in cubes.
Group Activities
-- Measure classroom objects with cubes.
-- Estimate and measure using a (30cm) ruler.

Day 2 Teaching
Use a 20-bead string to measure a child’s hand span in beads. Measure other hand spans, estimating the length first. Then work in pairs to estimate and measure each other’s foot lengths in beads.
Group Activities
-- Make a play dough worm family within a certain length.
-- Find objects longer/shorter than 20 beads.

Day 3 Teaching
Take children to the hall. Pass metre sticks around. Ask children to feel their length. These are one metre long. Explain that these are a standard unit. Measure the length of the hall in metres by laying sticks along one side. Repeat to measure its width.
Group Activities
Use the ‘Make a stick’ in-depth problem-solving investigation below as today’s group activity.
Or, use this activity:
-- Find objects longer/shorter than a metre stick.

You Will Need

  • Chair and cubes
  • Objects around the classroom to measure
  • Large sheets of paper
  • 30cm ruler
  • 20-bead strings, sticky notes and flipchart
  • Play dough and 100-bead strings
  • Hall space and metre sticks
  • Two hoops, labels and camera

Mental/Oral Maths Starters

Day 1
Estimation (pre-requisite skills)

Suggested for Day 2
Comparing numbers to 20 (simmering skills)

Suggested for Day 3
Comparing numbers (simmering skills)


Day 1
Estimate and then measure snakes with cubes.

Day 2
Estimate and then measure objects with beads.

Day 3
Find and list objects that are less than one metre or more than one metre long.

Mastery: Reasoning and Problem-Solving

  • Find a book that is…
    -- 9 cubes long
    -- more than 16 cubes long
    -- between 10 and 12 cubes long
  • Draw the number of cubes that will fit along your shoe length.
  • Draw or write the name of a creature in each place on the table.
Taller (or longer) than 1 metreShorter than 1 metre
Has 4 legs
No legs

In-depth Investigation: Make a Stick
Children find a collection of items which - in total - measure exactly one metre in length.

Extra Support

Tall Towers
Comparing two numbers up to 10; comparing heights