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Convert Metric Measures


Children will use their skills of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000 when converting between units of length, mass and capacity. Children will convert in both directions e.g. m to cm and cm to m. Using metre sticks and other scales will support this step. They will need to understand the role of zero as a place holder when performing some calculations, as questions will involve varied numbers of decimal places.


Maths Talk

How could you work out what each mark is worth on the scales?

What do you think would be the most efficient method for converting the units of time?

What’s the same and what’s different between 1.5 km and 1.500 km?

Are the zeroes needed?

Why or why not?

What do you notice about the amounts in the table?

Can you spot a pattern?

What’s the same and what’s different about km and kg?

T5 W1 D5 maths year 5/6

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