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Early Stage One


MES1.2: Describes area using everyday language and compares areas using direct comparison.

Key ideas:* Identify and describe the attributes of area.
  • Estimate the larger of two areas and compare using direct comparison.
  • Record comparisons informally.

Stage One


MS1.2: Estimates, measures, compares and records areas using informal units.

Key ideas:
  • Use appropriate informal units to estimate and measure area.
  • Compare and order two or more areas.
  • Record measurements by referring to the number and type of informal units used.

Stage Two


MS2.2: Estimates, measures, compares and records the areas of surfaces in square centimetres and square metres.

Key ideas:
  • Recognise the need for square centimetres and square metres to measure area.
  • Estimate, measure, compare and record areas in square centimetres and square metres.

Stage Three


MS3.2: Selects and uses the appropriate unit to calculate area, including the area of squares, rectangles and triangles.

Key ideas:
  • Select and use the appropriate unit to calculate area.
  • Recognise the need for square kilometres and hectares.
  • Develop formulae in words for finding area of squares, rectangles and triangles.