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Year 2

Home Learning – Class 2

Maths – Height and Length (1 week)

Please note non-standard units refers to measuring using objects of the same size that do not require reading a scale e.g. paperclips, lego bricks, hands etc.  Standard units are what we as adults are familiar with eg cm and m.  If your child is not ready to use standard units please feel free to adapt activities to continue to measure in non-standard units.


Draw some snakes of different lengths and the same length.  Describe them verbally or label them using vocabulary such as; longer, longest, equal, same, shorter, shortest, double, half. *Important vocabulary to repeat throughout the unit.

Solve it

Collect some household objects/cuddly toys/cut strips of paper/use playdoh or make lego towers and order them.  Which is longer/shorter/shortest, etc?  Can you make a lego tower longer/shorter than a pencil? Can you order the people in your houshold by height, feet or hand size?  Who is the shortest/tallest?   

Non -Standard measuring

Measure some items/rooms around the house using books, paperclips, hands, feet, cubes, counters, lego bricks, etc.  How can you make sure you measure accurately?  Remember to start your measurement at the end of the object, lay objects down flat and straight, line up non-standard units so that they are straight and touching but not overlapping. Ask your child some true or false questions.  The pencil is longer than the rubber. The pencil is 4 paperclips long.

Standard measuring

What do we use to measure?  Rulers, metre sticks, tape measures.  Look at the scales on a measuring tool.  What does m and cm stand for?  There are 100cm in a metre.  Make some lego towers and measure them or draw some lines of different lengths using a ruler.  Remember to start at the 0 not the end of the ruler.  Children only need to measure to the nearest cm.  How long would it be if I halved/doubled the length?

Less than and greater than

Measure some toy figures/pencils/objects and record some greater than and less than sentences using the crocodile symbols.  For example a toy lion measuring 8 cm and toy hippo measuring 10cm would like this;

8cm < 10cm.


A garden has 20 stepping stones laying from one end to the other.  Each stepping stone is 80cm long with a 20cm gap.  How long is the garden?  You could make up some similar style questions adapted to the lever your child is working at.


Using some pieces of string or similar estimate how long you think they might be and record your answer before measuring to find out.


Make a ramp and try rolling some cars.  Measure how far they travel from the end of the ramp.


Does spaghetti change length?  Measure it before and after it has been cooked to find out.

How tall are you?  Get someone to help you measure yourself.

Estimate a metre.  Cut off a piece of string you think could be a metre long.  Get a partner to do the same.  Who was the closest?

If you have a printer and prefer to use activity sheets I will add some to the maths folder alongside some useful Powerpoints.  I have labelled everything with intended year group however most of the material is suitable for both year groups.

Another useful site with videos and activity sheets: