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Exploring capacity and volume

  • Year group: Year 5
  • Term: Summer
  • Topic: Length, weight and volume
  • Duration: 1 weeks
  • Keystage: KS2
  • Age Range: 9 to 10 yrs
  • Unit can be taught out of sequence: Y
  • Week Range: 11

In this chapter, pupils estimate volume and solve problems involving capacity and volume.

Pupils begin to estimate capacity (eg, using water) and volume (eg, using 1cm³ blocks to build cubes and cuboids). In addition, they solve problems involving capacity and volume using all four operations. In doing so, they apply existing number and calculation skills.

 Download all length, weight, area and volume chapters as a PDF 

Resources for this topic

White Rose Maths

Reasoning - Problem Solving - Number Problems (KS1/2) - March 31st

There are two problems for KS1 and two for KS2.

In KS1 children have to using four rules to solve two problems.

At KS2 children have some pretty tricky number problems to solve.

Every day in March the White Rose Maths Hub is aiming to put out a question of the day.

Tweet us @WRMathsHub a picture of your children's answers for a chance to win a prize.
By WRMaths

Exploring volume

Direct link to our Y5 scheme.
By WRMaths

Mathematics Mastery

Exploring volume, capacity and other measures

Enabling teachers to continuously develop their practice is a key element of the Mathematics Mastery Programme.

This CPD resource provides step-by-step guidance on exploring volume, capacity and other measures.

Our CPD resource aim to:
• Model teaching tips, techniques and clarify how to make connections between concrete, pictorial and abstract representations
• Support the teaching of different methods and concepts, rather than focusing on one method only
• Enhance subject knowledge and support non-specialists

Like what you see? Mathematics Mastery is a professional development programme for teachers with a mission to transform mathematics education in the UK.

This task is just a taster of the complete classroom resources we offer. We also provide in-depth development training, online CPD, specialist support and assessment tools.

We believe all elements of our programme are vital in creating lasting change – enabling every child to enjoy and succeed in mathematics.

Want to find out more? Check out our free resources and blogs or join an information session.
By Mathematics Mastery

Exploring volume, capacity and other measures

Mathematical discussion is a key element of the Mathematics Mastery programme.
Talk Tasks are a brilliant way of enabling pupils to develop their mathematical language, thinking, understanding and confidence.
This activity explores the concept of capcaity and volume.
• Talk tasks are best completed in mixed attainment pairs, with pupils taking turns to listen and construct arguments
• Emphasis is on discussion rather than the solution, encouraging pupils to use key language and talk in full sentences
• Ask pupils to prove their answers in a variety of ways, using the CPA approach to support mathematical understanding and number sense


Like what you see?

Mathematics Mastery is a professional development programme for teachers with a mission to transform mathematics education in the UK.

This task is just a taster of the complete classroom resources we offer. We also provide in-depth development training, online CPD, specialist support and assessment tools.

We believe all elements of our programme are vital in creating lasting change – enabling every child to enjoy and succeed in mathematics.

Want to find out more? Check out our free resources and blogs or join an information session.
By Mathematics Mastery

Resources shared by teachers

Measure Treasure Hunt

Put up these problems around the room. Pupils can work independently, in pairs or groups to follow the trail. This powerpoint includes the sheets for pupils, the challenge cards and the answers. I used this with my year 6 class but it would also be suitable for years 4 and 5. I apologise for the mistakes in this, the first time that I posted this. I have now corrected them.
By victeach

Measurement homework

A range of fun measuring activities as homework. It should be possible for most children to be able to find the measurements without a lot of measuring equipment and in all of their homes. A nice one for getting families involved in the learning.
By rjcarter68

Volume / Capacity

Worksheet for children to practise adding quantities and converting between ml and L.
By stuffedcrust