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Week 5: 29/06/20

Capacity and weight 

Capacity- Most children should have experience with full and empty. Now we want to move their learning on to include half full, half empty, nearly full, nearly empty, full and empty. They should explore capacity with different resources not just water e.g. sand, rice, beads, loose parts. They should use different sized/ shaped containers and talk about them being tall, narrow, wide, thin, shallow. They can talk about how many pots it takes to fill a container.

Weight- Most children should have experience with heavy and light. Now we talk about heavier, lighter, heaviest, lightest and compare weight

Activity 1- Home

Mud kitchen/ Pretend kitchen. Ask your child what pretend food they would like to make. You could write down the recipe together stating how many spoons or cups of each ingredient is needed. They could design their own recipe cards for different dishes. Use cereal, sand, rice, mud etc as the ingredients.

Extend the learning: Use measuring scales and talk about how many grams is needed for each ingredient, or how many teaspoons/ tablespoons- discussing the difference in size between a teaspoon and tablespoon.

Activity 2- Home/ School

Provide children with a variety of sized and shaped containers. Ask your child to investigate which container holds the most. What do they predict and does their answer match their prediction? Did they choose the widest or tallest because it looked biggest?

Use any loose resource easier to pour such as sand, rice, cereal. Use a small cup to fill all the other containers and then talk about how many times that cup needed to be filled for each container.


Extend the learning: Fill each container with cubes or beads. Then count out how many cubes were needed to fill each container. The children can lay the cubes/ beads out in tens for counting.

Activity 3- Home/School

Weight. Use balance scales if you have them, or kitchen scales if not. Provide your child with up to 10 different packages/ objects of different weights. Ask your child to choose two and hold one in each hand. Which feels heaviest? They can tip that arm down. They can do that with all the objects. Then arrange the objects from lightest to heaviest in a row. Now put them in the scales and see which ones are heavier or lighter. With kitchen scales point out where the needle in the middle goes and read out the number if appropriate for your child. Otherwise just talk about where the needle moves if it goes further than the last time. With balance scales see which side tips down to show it is heavier.