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Monday 1st June 2020


This week your child will be learning about capacity and how to describe how full containers are. You will need to collect a selection of cups/bottles of different sizes and a large deep pot/tray to keep water in. Explain to them that capacity is the amount of liquid that a container holds. Fill up coloured water in bottles up to full, half full, nearly full, nearly empty and empty. Talk to your child about the various amounts in each bottle using the correct vocabulary. You can then mark the bottles up to the point where the water is filled up. Later empty all the bottles in a large tray and let your child explore filling the bottles and encourage them to use the correct vocabulary by showing you how full each bottle is. Let them pour from one container to the other and they can also count how many times they need to pour from a small container into a large container to fill it up completely.


Challenges: Get your child thinking by asking some of these questions:

•    What  can you tell me about this bottle? 
•    Can you pour some water into this bottle so that it is half full?
•    Can you  make this  bottle nearly empty? How? 
•    Which bottle is full/empty/nearly full? 
•    How do you know  this bottle is nearly full? 
•    I think this bottle is  nearly empty.Am I correct? Why? Why not? 
•    How can we change this bottles so that it is nearly  full?



Tuesday 2nd June 2020


Play the Making Potions Capacity Game below

Wednesday 3rd June 2020


Can you sort the pictures into full, half-full and empty? 

Thursday 4th June 2020

Read Finley’s letter with your child.

• Provide your child with a variety of objects that Finley could use to travel in, for example: cups, bottles and boxes. Provide containers of different shapes and sizes (e.g. tall/narrow containers, short/fat containers, cuboids, cylinders).

• Explain that they are going to help Finley to find out which container he should use. To do this they need to work out the capacity of each of the containers. Explain that the capacity is the amount it can hold. Finley needs to know which container can hold the most water.

• Give your child the chance to explore all of the containers.
Ask them to describe the containers, encouraging them to use the correct mathematical vocabulary for their size and shape such as Small, smaller, smallest, big, bigger, biggest, tall, taller, tallest, narrow, narrower, narrowest, thin, thinner, thinnest, round, square, cylinder, cube, cuboid etc.

• Ask them which of the containers they think would be the best one for Finley to use and why.

•    Show your child the coloured water (to make it easier to see) and ask them how they could use the water to find out the capacity of the containers. If your child finds it challenging to generate a method, suggest using one of the smallest containers to fill the larger containers. By counting the amount of times they have to empty the small container into the larger containers, they will find out which holds the most water. Ensure you include a small container that would be suitable for this, when initially selecting your containers.



Provide additional challenge by using tall, narrow containers or large, shallow containers that look large but do not hold much water. Encourage your child to discuss their predictions



Friday 5th June 2020


Encourage you child to complete the activity below by identifying which containers are able to hold more than others.