Primary maths: Measurement

Sian Evans
25th January 2018
Colourful rulers to be used during a primary maths lesson on measurement

Help learners calculate length, weight, area and volume with confidence using these hand-picked resources

Grounded in everyday life, measurement is one of the most practical maths topics. Quite simply, it’s time to get the rulers, measuring tapes and scales out for students to learn with. With measuring equipment at the ready, why not take a look at how members of the Tes community are teaching this topic?

Classroom activities

Practice, practice, practice is the best way for your students to get to grips with the key skills. From comprehensive worksheets to challenging investigations, why not add some new resources to your toolkit?


KS2 Investigation - Year 5/6 - Area and Perimeter - Carpeting a House - Differentiated

A fully resourced lesson plan for children to apply their skills in calculating the area and perimeter in a real life situation.

Children are presented with a floor plan of carefully proportioned rooms. Within the pack, you will find three differentiated tables for different abilities of children to complete. Each table includes a short list of rooms which are relevant to that ability group. Children calculate the area of carpet and the perimeter of skirting board their rooms require.

Low ability - rectangular rooms
Average ability - rectilinear rooms
High ability - includes triangular areas and 'holes' in the shape

This lesson was originally designed for a Year 5/6 class.
By Miss-Becky

KS2 Area and Perimeter Worksheet including problem solving & money

KS2 area and perimeter worksheet - the first part requires children to calculate the area/perimeter of different fields. The second part of the task focuses on problem solving, requiring children to calculate costs for total perimeter fence needed, how many sheep can fit into the fields and the total cost of the sheep.
By Daniel Ballard

Area of a Triangle Worksheets

This resource has 6 differentiated levels for Year 6 to practise calculating the area of right-angle triangles, irregular triangles and polygons. It is based on question 17 from the 2016 KS2 Reasoning Paper 3 test.

Find more Reasoning Test Practise resources on the Classroom Secrets website.

By ClassroomSecrets

Resources to support practical capacity

This is a set of pictures of various containers, cards with capacities on (to correspond) and questions to prompt learning. It is desiged to be used in conjunction with the real containers and the water tray. There are also some extra questions to get those more able mathematicians really thinking.
By J.M.Powell

Lesson ideas

Break down the basics and explore which unit of measurement to use when with help from these straightforward presentations. Securing this understanding is the starting point of helping learners to convert between units, which can be a challenge for your class.


Measurement & converting between units of measure

This PowerPoint covers both these objectives from the new national curriculum.
It is filled with exciting activities, and accompanying worksheets.
It is very simple to teach and is usually well received because of the detail and steps included
Y3 - measure and compare , add and subtract lengths, mass, volume, capacity
Y4 - convert between different units of measure.

All terms are explained to children, and examples are given.
The steps and rules used to convert between units of measurement are very clear.
This includes:
Length: mm, cm, m
Weight: g, kg
and volume: ml, l
By HajerGomri

Units of Measurement

A Bob the Builder type PPT to consolidate units of measurement.

Convert between different units of measure [for example, kilometre to metre; hour to minute]

Please find within this download:

Two detailed and engaging PowerPoints, Differentiated (SEN, LA, MA, HA, Mastery and Greater Depth) Worksheets with Answer Sheets for a complete lesson on this Year 4 Measurement statement: convert between different units of measure [for example, kilometre to metre; hour to minute].

The PowerPoint has the following features:

→ Differentiated starter activity
→ Extremely logical and simplistic explanations
→ Discusses key vocabulary with children
→ Shows how to convert between different units of measure [for example, kilometre to metre; hour to minute]
→ Learning Objective & differentiated success criteria
→ Animated count-down timer
→ Plenary activity

The Word Document has the following features:

→ Differentiated activities from SEN to greater depth
→ Coloured activity boxes to help you quickly assign tasks to children
→ Learning objective and short date which automatically show the correct date
→ Differentiated success criteria that link with the PowerPoint
→ Answer sheet included for all questions

Explore our other Year 4 Measurement Lessons:

[Convert between different units of measure for example, kilometre to metre; hour to minute
Measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectilinear figure (including squares) in centimetres and metres
Find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares
Estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence
Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks
Solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes, minutes to seconds, years to months, weeks to days

By PrimaryPros

Outdoor maths activity cards - measuring

An activity card for children to explore measuring length, area and perimeter in the outdoor environment.
By carrie4


Whether you are looking for ways to engage pairs, small groups or the whole-class in one go, there are various ways that these types of fun activities can be used to consolidate understanding and give your learners more confidence.


Metric Conversion Bingo Game

Contains bingo cards and 72 question cards which cover conversion between different metric units.

This game is an easily printed and prepared thanks to easy-cut guides. It comes with well-explained rules of play, and makes a great time filler for an entire class or a high quality game for one on one tuition.

This is included in the Bingo Bundle with 4 other activities at a discount price.
By LittleStreams

Area Games Year 5 / 6

Area Printable Games - fun, strategic games of Four in a Row for consolidation and revision of area of rectangles, squares, right-angled triangles and compound / composite shapes. Differentiated 3 ways. Originally designed for Key Stage 2 (KS2) Y5 and Y6 but it might suit some older groups too.

The boards were originally designed to be printed in A3 and I recommend this so that children have sufficient space to record the area of each 2D shape. Taking turns to go, children use a different coloured whiteboard pen to write the area of a shape in the appropriate box on the grid. If using the same colour as their opponent, they could add their initial to the box.

When someone achieves 4 in a row, answers could be checked using the ANSWER GRIDS, or by using a calculator.

  • 1-star version - area of rectangles, squares and right-angled triangles. No conversion required.
  • 2-star - area of rectangles, squares and right-angled triangles. More challenging calculations. Some conversion required between centimetres, metres etc. Includes decimal lengths and breadths.
  • 3-star - area of rectangles, squares, right-angled triangles and compound / composite shapes. Some conversion required. Includes decimal lengths and breadths and more challenging calculations. Some of the compound shapes require children to work out the length of a side, using other given sides, before they can work out the area.

Children will be able to do some of the calculations mentally but could work out more challenging ones before writing in the answer on the grid.

SAVE with my Area and Perimeter BUNDLE, which also contains:

Area Hidden Word Puzzles
Area Bingo / Lotto
Perimeter Bingo / Lotto

You might also like:
Line Symmetry Board Game
Converting Units of Measure Puzzles
Maths Hidden Word Puzzles MEGABUNDLE

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By FullShelf

Length Conversion Snap

Good for a starter or a plenary, these are cut-out and keep grids to use with children to consolidate conversion of lengths through the game of snap. Conversions are between metre and cm, metre and km, mm and cm so are suitable for lower KS2.
By anniueckie

Measures - Scavenger Hunt

Adaptable measures Scavenger Hunt - fun, interactive activity that can be done indoors or outdoors. More fun measure activities @
By Whitley01

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