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National Curriculum - Selecting and Using Resources for Learning : Key Stage 3 : Mathematics-specific Pedagogy

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National Curriculum - Selecting and Using Resources for Learning
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1. 1. How confident are you that you are familiar with a range of equipment and practical resources to support mathematics teaching and learning, such as:

b. b. measuring equipment?


Pupils in KS3 need measuring devices, such as rulers, metre sticks and tape measures, balances and scales of various kinds, measuring jugs and cylinders, and timing devices.

Typical activities that involve measuring include:

  • Using protractors to measure angles
  • Using tape measures and metre sticks to measure the distances required to work out the area of carpet needed in the classroom, volume of air in the classroom or number of tins of paint required to paint the mathematics department
  • Using rulers to measure distances on a cuboid and therefore calculate the surface area and volume
  • Using tape measures and rulers to measure the circumference and diameter of various circles with the aim of discovering 𝜋
  • Using rulers, tape measures and scales to collect data on height, mass, handspan, armspan etc. to use in a statistical project
  • Using measuring scales to work out rough equivalents between metric and Imperial units of mass
  • Using measuring jugs and scales to work out the connection between metric units of mass and capacity (and length)
  • Using stopwatches and measuring tapes to measure times and distances at sports day
  • Using a clinometer to measure angles of elevation and depression
  • Using calipers to measure the diameter of circles (and cylinders)

Numeracy Challenge: focus on measure

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