# Maths

You have been so amazing with your shapes over the last few weeks that we are now ready to move on to think about measure. Well done for you all your effort with learning your shapes!

Linking with this week’s ‘Word of the Week’ long, this week we would like you to think about length. Talk together about times that you might need to know how long something is e.g. will the sofa you want to buy fit in your living room? Do you have enough wrapping paper to wrap a present? Builders need to know how long the piece of wood they need to buy is to build a deck or how many bricks they will need to build a wall. Miss Bagnall had to measure the length of her garden recently to see which length of fairy lights to buy so that they would reach from her house to the fence. They did!

This week, see if you can seek out some opportunities to do some measuring together with a ruler or measuring tape. Children do not need to be able to do this on their own yet but it is good for them to see how adults measure, what this tells us and why it is important. Focus on length this week as introducing weight and other ways to measure all at the same time can be confusing.

Activity: ordering 2 or 3 items by length

Children do not yet need to be able to measure and give a measurement of an object but we would be working towards them being able to order 2 items by length, and for those who are confident with this, ordering 3 items. Here are some ideas for things you could use to practise ordering by size. When doing this is a good idea to encourage your child to line up one end of the items so that they are measuring from the same place e.g. place the pencils next to each other with the ends all lined up so it is clearer to see which is the longest.

• Cut up straws or strips of paper

• Spoons (tea spoon, table spoon, dessert spoon)

• Scarves

• Pencils that have been sharpened to different lengths

• Pieces of string

• Dough that has been rolled into long worm shapes

Lay them out on a plain surface and mix them up. Can your child order them? If you are using 2 items you can ask "which one is longer?" If you are using three items you could ask "can you put them in order with the longest one this side?" If your child is not yet secure with the ‘word of the week’ long, then focus on this language (long, longer, longest) and do not introduce the words short or shortest yet. If they are secure with long you might like to discuss the word short.

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