A really fun category with lots to do during the year on shape and movement, including making patterns and pictures with 2D shapes. Children should be able to recognise and name common 2D shapes, such as circle, triangle, rectangle and square as well as 3D shapes such as cube, cuboid, sphere, cone and cylinder. Most of this should be done orally with practical equipment.
An area of maths which is often forgotten about is describing position and movement. In our Year 1 Shape category we have a great set of worksheets which look at half, quarter and three-quarter turns. Whilst worksheets are really useful for this it can also be a lot of fun to get outside and give instructions such, ‘as turn a quarter turn to the right, walk forward ten steps, turn a half turn to the left… etc…’ to reach a certain target (blindfolded makes it even more fun!)
Recognise and name common 3D shapes such as cuboids, pyramids and spheres.
Recognising cubes, cuboids, cylinders and cones.
Finding the odd one out in a group of 3D shapes.
Finding the odd one out from a variety of 3D shapes.
Identify and record all the 3D shapes in the models.
Sort simple 3D shapes and colour.
Sorting cubes, cuboids, spheres and pyramids.
Explanations about sorting 3D shapes.
Recognise and name common 2D shapes such as circles, squares, triangles and rectangles.
Sorting 2D shapes by colouring.
More sorting of 2D shapes.
Finding the odd one out of the shapes shown.
Finding the odd one out and colouring.
Here we have some great pages which will help your child to recognise the four basic 2D shapes: circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. You can also have great fun with making pictures of your own just using these shapes. Find plastic shapes or even sticky materials from craft stores which can be used in scrapbooks.
A great set of four worksheets helping with recognising rectangles, triangles and circles.
Children soon become familiar with squares, triangles and circles. As well as looking at these 2D shapes, this set of worksheets also introduces other 4 sided shapes and ovals.
More work with squares, triangles and circles and a great train drawing page.
More great pages on recognising 2D shapes and drawing quadrilaterals, circles and triangles to complete a picture.
Make two triangles by drawing one straight line. A ruler would be useful.
2D shape patterns
Shape patterns using circles, squares, triangles and rectangles.
A look at shape patterns using circles, squares, triangles and rectangles.
Continue the pattern of colours shown on the shapes.
Draw and colour the next two shapes in the series.
Draw the other half of these patterns to make them symmetrical. A mirror could be really useful.
Introducing lines of symmetry and colouring spots to show reflective symmetry.
Drawing lines of symmetry on simple shapes.
Position and direction
Describe position, directions and movement, including half and quarter turns.
Using terms such as next to, above and below.
Using top, bottom, left and right to describe position.
Using above, below, top, middle and bottom to describe position.
Using terms such as to the left and to the right.
Describe position using left and right with a simple route.
More describing position using left and right.
More fun activities describing position using left and right on a route.
A map to work with creating and describing simple routes.
Follow directions on a map.