Measure

Key Stage 1

Meaning

To measure is to find out the size of something.

Verb: Measure
Singular Noun: Measuring Instrument
Plural Noun: Measuring Instruments

Measuring is when we find out how big or small something is.
You can measure lots of different things about an object like how big it is, how hot it is or how quickly it moves.

Examples

A scientist wants to find the height of a tower.
A scientist uses a ruler to find out how wide the door is.
A scientist used a stopwatch out how long they take to eat a sandwich.

Used in a Sentence

A scientist will measure the height of the tower.
A scientist measures the width of the door using a ruler.
A scientist measured the time it took to eat a sandwich using a stopwatch.

Key Stage 2

Meaning

To measure is to use a scientific instrument to find the size or amount of something.

When you measure something you have to be careful to use your scientific instrument carefully to get the right measurement.
You must use the right tool for the job. You must use a ruler to measure height, a stopwatch to measure time and a thermometer to measure temperature.

Key Stage 3

Meaning

To measure is to use a scientific instrument to find the size or amount of something.

When you measure something you have to be careful to use your scientific instrument carefully to get the right measurement.
You must use the right tool for the job. You must use a ruler to measure height, a stopwatch to measure time and a thermometer to measure temperature.

Key Stage 4

Meaning

To measure is to take two readings from a scientific instrument and find the difference between them.

To measure something the value and the start and the value at the end must be read and then subtracted from one another.
A measurement is the difference between two readings.

Examples

The length of an object can be measured by using a ruler to take a reading at both ends of the object (eg 5.3cm and 7.6cm readings gives a measurement of 2.3cm long).

References

AQA

Measurement, pages 266-267, GCSE Chemistry; Third Edition, Oxford University Press, AQA
Measurement, pages 80, 92, 280, GCSE Physics; Third Edition, Oxford University Press, AQA
Measurement; accuracy and precision, pages 266-267, GCSE Chemistry; Third Edition, Oxford University Press, AQA
Measurement; gases evolved, page 129, GCSE Chemistry; Third Edition, Oxford University Press, AQA
Measurement; mass changes, page 128, GCSE Chemistry; Third Edition, Oxford University Press, AQA
Measurement; precipitation, page 129, GCSE Chemistry; Third Edition, Oxford University Press, AQA
Measurement; reaction times, page 149, GCSE Biology; Third Edition, Oxford University Press, AQA
Measurement; resolution, page 267, GCSE Chemistry; Third Edition, Oxford University Press, AQA
Measurement; transpiration rates, page 69, GCSE Biology; Third Edition, Oxford University Press, AQA
Measurements, pages 228-9, GCSE Combined Science Trilogy 1, Hodder, AQA

Edexcel

Measuring; length, page 316, GCSE Biology, CGP, Edexcel
Measuring; mass of solids, page 321, GCSE Chemistry, CGP, Edexcel
Measuring; mass, page 316, GCSE Biology, CGP, Edexcel
Measuring; pH, page 317, GCSE Biology, CGP, Edexcel
Measuring; pH, page 323, GCSE Chemistry, CGP, Edexcel
Measuring; temperature, page 316, GCSE Biology, CGP, Edexcel
Measuring; temperature, page 323, GCSE Chemistry, CGP, Edexcel
Measuring; time, page 317, GCSE Biology, CGP, Edexcel
Measuring; time, page 323, GCSE Chemistry, CGP, Edexcel
Measuring; volume, pages 316, 317, GCSE Biology, CGP, Edexcel
Measuring; volumes of gases, page 322, GCSE Chemistry, CGP, Edexcel
Measuring; volumes of liquids, page 321, GCSE Chemistry, CGP, Edexcel

OCR

Measurement, units, pages 300-302, Gateway GCSE Chemistry, Oxford, OCR
Measuring, pages 158, 218-222, Gateway GCSE Combined Science; The Revision Guide, CGP, OCR
Measuring; distance, pages 158, 219, Gateway GCSE Combined Science; The Revision Guide, CGP, OCR
Measuring; in experiments, pages 218-222, Gateway GCSE Combined Science; The Revision Guide, CGP, OCR
Measuring; in time, pages 158, 218, Gateway GCSE Combined Science; The Revision Guide, CGP, OCR