More complex 2D and 3D shapes are introduced and classified according to their properties. Drawing and completing shapes with reflective symmetry is developed further. An important aspect of this year is to develop the vocabulary of position, direction and movement, using compass points and identifying right angles turns.
Two terms which used to be associated with older primary/secondary age groups are perpendicular and parallel.These are now introduced in Year 3 under the latest curriculum changes.
Lines: horizontal and vertical
Drawing and measuring straight lines and recognising horizontal and vertical. Symmetry.
Recognising horizontal and vertical lines.
An introduction to perpendicular and parallel lines
measuring accurately using centimetres and millimetres.
More measuring to the nearest millimetre.
Draw straight lines to the nearest millimetre.
Follow instructions to draw shapes using vertical and horizontal lines.
How many letters of the alphabet have a line of symmetry? Make fantastic patterns using rotational symmetry as well as other symmetry activities.
Recognise and describe 3D shapes.
Children have to recognise, know and describe the properties of some pretty tricky 3D shapes, including, spheres, cuboids and pyramids.
It's all about prisms. They are solid shapes that are the same shape and size all the way down. Well, that?s the easy way to describe them!
Cutting out nets to make 3D shapes.
More templates for 3D shapes.
It would be a great idea to have a set of cubes which link together to help with these pages.
Recognise and describe 2D shapes.
More about 2D shapes in this set of worksheets, especially quadrilaterals.
Identifying irregular 2D shapes: pentagons, hexagons and octagons.
It can be great fun moving shapes around and joining them to make other shapes, so why not try one of the investigations on these 2D shape worksheets.
More shape work. This time making patterns with rectangles and triangles and investigating patterns using hexagons.
Recognise and compare angles and angle as a measurement of turn.
Finding shapes with right angles.
Angle is a measure of turn. Compass points, clockwise and anticlockwise turns and right angles all come into this set of worksheets.
Try to find the right angles used in various letters of the alphabet.
Reinforcing the idea that a right angle is a measure of turn. Clockwise and anticlockwise movements.
Count the number of right angles in shapes.
Work out the angles between the hands on a clock face, saying whether they are acute or obtuse.
Position and direction
Describe position and direction including clockwise and anti-clockwise turns.
Tricky clockwise and anticlockwise turns on a clock face.
Colour the dolphins according to the instructions.
Understanding and learning the vocabulary of position.
An introduction to co-ordinates as a way of describing the position of objects on grids and maps.
A summary of the most important steps covered in Year 3.