The M in STEM


The M in STEM: Applying Maths to Everyday Life


To develop pupils’ skills in counting
To develop pupils’ skills in measuring non-standard and standard units
To develop pupils’ skills in measuring liquids and solids
To make pupils aware of the real life application of maths to everyday life

Intended Learning Outcomes

The child will be able to:

  • count ingredients
  • count quantities of ingredients when measuring
  • measure using different kitchen tools eg teaspoon, tablespoon, measuring cup, jug
  • measure a range of liquids and solids
  • identify suitable tools for measuring different types of ingredients

The structure of the learning pathway

Stage I

Counting for Cooking (Counting out Jelly Cubes)

Stage II

Measuring with a tablespoon

Stage III

Measuring Liquids and Solids in the Kitchen



Ask questions to elicit pupils’ prior knowledge and experience in counting and measuring in the kitchen, noting language with which they are already familiar, as well as tools they have already experience using.


Ask pupils to complete a learning log, noting for each experiment/investigation:

  • one thing they enjoyed
  • one thing they learned

Final assessment

Ask pupils to complete a reflection activity sheet when they’ve completed all the experiments, noting the following:

  • their favourite measuring tool; why?
  • other ingredients they think they could use this measuring tool for


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