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W/B 30.3.20

27th March 2020

Hello Year 1's 😊

Next week, we would like you to learn about volume and capacity as part of your Maths learning. These are some tasks you may wish to follow:


Task 1

Look around your house for some empty containers (boxes, cups, bowls, tubs, lunch boxes etc). Fill them with different amounts of water / sand and use the words ‘full’, ‘empty’, ‘nearly full’ and ‘nearly empty’ to compare them. Next, you could empty the containers and make your own labels with these words on. Then, fill the containers to match the labels. Talk about which has more and which has less water in.

Task 2

Complete the Maths activity ‘Comparing Volume and Capacity Lesson 1’ (this could be practically as above or using the sheet attached).

Task 3

You will need a cup (or water bottle) and a container from the tasks above. Using the cup or water bottle, work out how many times it takes to fill up the different containers (what the ‘capacity’ is). If you would like a sheet with this, use Lesson 2a (Finding Volume and Capacity).

Task 4

Complete Lesson 2b (Finding Volume and Capacity). Alternatively, choose an activity based on Volume and Capacity from the practical ideas sheet.

Task 5

Choose a practical activity, follow the ‘Making Potions’ Powerpoint or follow a recipe to cook / bake something. Enjoy!


Here are some practical ideas that you could try out at home:


  • Have 2 tubs filled with different quantities e.g. water, lego bricks, beads etc. Compare the volume – which tub has more? Which has less?


  • Using whatever you can find around the house (containers, boxes, lunch boxes, tubs etc), investigate how many lego bricks are needed to fill each box. Do any boxes require an equal amount? Which has more / less? How do you know?


  • If you can, make shakers by using beads to fill empty containers full / half full and nearly full. Explore the sound each bottle / container makes. Can you explain why?


  • Using cups / tubs that are filled with different capacities of water, order them from full to empty.


  • Using pieces of paper, label cards with numbers 1-5. Choose a number card and fill a container with that many cups of water. Is the container full / nearly full / half full / nearly empty?


  • Using some small containers, a spoon and some free-flowing material like rice or sand, choose a container. How many spoons do you think it will hold? Test to see if you are right. Which container held the most? Which container held the least? Can you put them in order from the least to most?
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