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Age range: 5-7
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • Maths

Slow race

Teaching the measurement of time by racing to be the slowest

This is one of a set of resources developed to support the teaching of the primary national curriculum. They are designed to support the delivery of key topics within maths and science. This resource focuses on measuring time, by recording the time it takes to complete a walking race where the winner is the last person to cross the line, not the first!

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity learners will measure the time it takes to complete a very slow walking race. In small teams, they will time each other with a stopwatch and record the data. The results will then be sorted and discussed as a class using terms such as, faster, slower, quicker etc.

This activity could be used as a main lesson activity, to teach learners how to collect data through measurement and to use number skills in a practical context. It could also be used as one of several activities within a wider scheme of learning focusing on the use of maths and science to understand the measurement of time.

The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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