Mathematics: B for Balance...

Written by: Paula Hammond and Stephen Lillie
Monday, October 1, 2018

This month, we continue our series based on the maths area of learning in the foundation stage, providing an A-Z of activities that will help children progress while having fun.

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Essential resources

  • A selection of everyday objects to compare/contrast; smaller objects to weigh; coat hangers, string; safety scissors; hole punches; Sellotape; plastic or paper cups.

Learning to understand weights and measurements is an important area of mathematics across all key stages. For this month’s activities, we will, therefore, be encouraging children to make a simple set of balancing scales before weighing and comparing a selection of objects to determine which is ‘heavier’, ‘lighter’, or whether they are both ‘the same’ (‘equal to’).

During the early years, everyday objects become a vital tool in helping children to appreciate that what they learn is useful and that is has applications in the real world. To begin, observe, talk about, and compare a variety of everyday objects. Ask the children to think about and describe each object’s shape, size, and weight. Just by looking at the objects, can they guess or ‘predict’ which items are heavier, lighter, or that weigh the same? Encourage them to use the correct mathematical language.

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