KS2 Maths

Welcome to the KS2 Maths area.

Here you will find one lesson that contains maths teaching and learning which connect to real life challenges that the Thames Tideway Tunnel team need to work with as we plan, design and build the tunnel.

This lesson is about measuring volume. The class work towards measuring the capacity the barge holds and that will be used to transfer spoil from tunnel construction sites downriver to be recycled. They start by working with a single cube shape, then explore how cubes can make bigger shapes, becoming familiar with the length x width x height formula.

They use this formula to measure and work out the volume of their classroom and then consider that the holds of barges are a similar rectangular shape, so they can use the same technique to measure the amount that a barge can carry by volume.

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Maths KS2 Lesson 1: Measuring volume

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Maths KS2 Lesson 1: Measuring volume

Screen 1: Michael Brown video 1

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Screen 2: Measuring our classroom

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Screen 3: Measuring the volume of shapes. How can we measure the volume of this box?

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Screen 4: Finding volume. To work out the volume of the shape, it is useful to know the size of each cube.

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Screen 5.1: Calculating volume. How many cubes are there in this box?

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Screen 5.2: Calculating volume. How many cubes are there in this box?

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Screen 5.3: Calculating volume. If each cube is one 1m³ what is the volume in cubic metres?

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Screen 5.4: Calculating volume. If each cube is one 1m³ what is the volume in cubic metres?

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Screen 5.5: Calculating volume. If each cube is one 1m³ what is the volume in cubic metres?

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Screen 5.6: Calculating volume. What is the volume of this shape? Remember to multiply the length by the width. Then multiply your answer by the height.

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Screen 6: Measuring our classroom.

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Screen 7.1: Measuring a barge hold.

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Screen 7.2: Measuring a barge hold.

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Screen 7.3: Measuring a barge hold.

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Screen 8: Michael Brown video 2

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Screen 9: Measuring other shapes.