Shape and Space is a huge area of the maths curriculum, encompassing some important skills that also carry over to many other areas, such as D&T, Art, Geography and ICT. Luckily our amazing community of teachers have shared lots of resources to save you time and help get those vital concepts across.
Game cards and definitions for shape bingo, to revise the properties of common 2D and 3D shapes for lower KS2.
Pupil workbooks with cloze and labelling activities to teach shape vocabulary.
Symmetry Along a Mirror Line
For lower KS2, pupils complete the shape outlines, using knowledge of reflective symmetry.
Two worksheets for pupils to draw lines of symmetry on shapes and letters of the alphabet.
Worksheet for children to shade in blocks to complete the symmetrical patterns.
Islamic Art and Shape
A fascinating booklet showing the cultural importance of shape and drawing links between maths, art and RE. Activities include making nets and constructing Islamic-style repeating patterns.
The Collaborative Learning Project develops resources to support talk for learning. Here are two on Shape:
Shape - Team Game
An interactive multiple-choice quiz on shape properties. Originally developed for EAL pupils.
More Shape Monsters
A connect four game for pupils to decide which shapes could make up the outlines of monsters.
Co-ordinates and Shapes
Shapes plotted on a first quadrant grid with related questions.
Strictly Translation Dance Steps
A fun way for pupils to apply and record translations, by moving foot shapes to make up dance moves.
Lesson plans, activities and worksheets on tessellation and tiling for upper KS2.
Names of Polygons
Ever been asked what the name of a 32-sided polygon is? Well, you can now have the answer ready as this resource lists the names and angles of polygons up to 100 sides!
This useful site shows paper models of polyhedra, together with clear diagrams of their nets.
A brilliant, versatile tool to explore reflection of shapes on a grid, with optional on-screen protractor.
The Shape Show
A look at the properties of shapes, with engaging ideas and animations. Includes a sequence on how the world would be without 4-sided shapes!
Shape and Space Investigation
An open-ended investigation focussing on the formula for the perimeter of a shape.
TES iboard have developed lots of interactive shape and space activities, to help you explain important concepts and for pupils to have fun whilst learning. Here is a selection:
Pizza Symmetry Tool
Choose a line of symmetry and drag toppings onto the pizza.
Pizza Symmetry Game
Once you’ve demonstrated the concept with Pizza Symmetry Tool, pupils can play this companion game independently.
Symmetry and Area Invaders
Design symmetrical ‘space invader’ characters then play a game with them!
A great interactive tool to rotate shapes and discuss line symmetry.
Pupils program in instructions to help the chameleon catch all the flies by choosing the right direction and judging the correct ‘lick’ distance.
Controlling Round a Route
Ask pupils to guide the rocket, snail or shark to various places on the grid. Introduce simple gird references.
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