Working with shapes can be a really fun part of mathematics and it all starts with children in year 1 getting a huge amount of practical experience with 2D shapes.
As they handle and talk about shapes in practical situations they should also begin to understand and use words such as circle, triangle, rectangle and square and recognise them in the real world.
To build on this we have some great worksheets on using 2D shapes, pattern making and sorting.
Reception 2D Shape Worksheets Year 1 2D Shape Worksheets
In year 2 children will also come across pentagons, hexagons and octagons and we have lots of suggestions on how to explore these many sided shapes.
We all remember making ‘butterfly patterns’ with ink and folding paper but this is a great way to introduce the concept of symmetry. Children should begin to use and read terms such as: line of symmetry, mirror line and reflection.
Year 2 2D Shape Worksheets
Children really begin to explore the properties of quadrilaterals in year 3, including squares, rectangles, rhombuses and parallelograms (although they may not yet know the names of the more difficult ones) and to help with this we have some excellent pages on the properties of shapes and making patterns with quadrilaterals.
Year 3 2D Shape Worksheets
The shape work in year 4 starts to get quite tricky, but we have plenty of help with learning about lines of symmetry, reflections, translations and co-ordinates. One of the most important concepts for children to learn in year 4 is that angle is a measure of turn.
Year 4 2D Shape Worksheets
Equilateral, isosceles and scalene are new terms introduced in year 5 as children become more accurate in their drawing and measuring of shapes. Estimating and drawing angles are also an important part of this year’s work.
Year 5 2D Shape Worksheets
By year 6 children should be able to classify different types of quadrilateral by criteria such as equal angles, equal sides, parallel sides and lines of symmetry and know the properties of shapes such as parallelograms, kites and the rhombus. They will then be really well set up for moving on to High School!
Year 6 2D Shape Worksheets