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Shape, Angle and Position Progression and Activities

I have uploaded several shape activities already and you can download activities and smartboard files from the tes website by following this link.

I have also produced progression documents for 2D shapes, 3D shapes, angles and position and movement.

  • 2D shape
  • 3D shape
  • Angles
  • Position and Movement

Remember, if you click on the picture, you will access the full document, however the hyperlinks won’t work. To download the zipfile, click here (Mediafire) or here (4share):

If you do download the zipfile, be patient it takes a while. You will need to unzip it, open the folder and locate the word document: LT 2D shape, LT 3D shape, LT angles or LT position and movement. Everything hyperlinks from there.

I have attached a step by step guide for unzipping the folder. click here

  • 2d shape mobiles puzzles (zids and zods)
  • Reflective symmetry in regular polygons

And here is a great pentomino activity…

  • Pentomino

Click on the picture to link to an interactive file from NGFL CYMRU.  When I introduced it to my class, I began with this activity:

Children invetsigated all by finding all 12 pentominoes using square paper provided below, then sorted onto Venn diagram: Net of open cube, at last 1 line of symmetry. Finally, they solved the attached puzzles:

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Finding All Possibilities Progression and Activities

Do you remember the problem solving materials that were produced looking at the progression in finding all possibilies problems?

 

Here is the document I produced to support teachers with developing the skills neededs to solve finding all possibilities problems. If you click on the picture, you will access the full document, however the hyperlinks won’t work.

To download the zipfile, click here (Mediafire) or here (4share):

If you do download the zipfile, be patient it takes a while. You will need to unzip it, open the folder and locate the word document: LT Finding All Possibilities 1. Everything hyperlinks from there.

I have attached a step by step guide for unzipping the folder. click here

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Finding Rules and Describing Patterns Progression and Activities

A while ago, some draft materials were produced that looked at the progression in finding rules and describing patterns.  The birthday candles problem fits in well with the consecutive number activities discussed in the challenging more able children post.

Because I am interested in trying to develop problem solving right across the school, I used the primary framework for mathematics to support teachers at school get a better understanding of progression by pulling out examples for each year group. I then produced a document that linked the progression documents to guidance materials and activities.

The result is a series of word documents that hyperlink to smartboard files, worksheets and interactive teaching materials to help plan and teach maths in a more systematic way throughout school.

Here is the document I produced to support teachers with finding rules and describing patterns.If you click on the picture, you will access the full document, however the hyperlinks won’t work. You need to click here, then download the complete zipped file.

To download the zipfile, click here (Mediafire) or here (4share):

If you do download the zipfile, be patient it takes a while. You will need to unzip it, open the folder and locate the word document: LT patterns, sequences and rules. Everything hyperlinks from there.

I have attached a step by step guide for unzipping the folder. click here

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Shape Puzzle

This is a very flexible puzzle. It can be adapted by making the grid bigger or smaller, the ‘shapes’ can be altered into almost any cross curricular images and the numbers can be given units to make it a converting units puzzle. Below are some examples of how I have adapted the problem over time.

Shape

Vikings

Tudors

Afican animals

  • animals 1 and 2

Robots

  • robots 1 and 2

Measures

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Coordinate grids

These next activities are very popular with my class. I began by using them as ‘information gap’ or ‘mystery’ activities, where children worked in pairs or small groups sharing clues and solving the problems together. I have moved over the year to children solving them individually as they have solved them so many times. Hope you like them. Again, like the nicknames problems, we have revisited these problems in lots of different contexts to fit in with the different cross curriculat themes. They lend themselves to shape, space and measure objectives. I have used all of these with my year 4 class this year.

Instructions.

  1. Children cut up the pictures to be sorted onto grid. My class have found it helpful to put their initials on the back of each picture.
  2. Read through all the clues.
  3. Where a clue tells you exactly where a picture is to be placed, place it there.
  4. Tick off the clues as you solve then.
  5. When puzzle is solved, make sure solution fits all the clues.

Shape

Telling the time

Units of measurement

Angles

Tudors

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Nicknames

One of the things I do with my class is revisit problems in different contexts. This puzzle is from the draft logic problem materials published by Primary Strategy, which gives a full lesson plan for delivering the lesson to year 5. I have used the puzzle successfully several times in year 4. I have uploaded examples of the different contexts I have used it over the last few years. There are a few puzzles in each link. When we do them now, most children are able to produce their own grids to solve the puzzles.

Vikings

Animals

Tudors

Shapes

Rockets

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Egyptian maths

I wrote these a while ago. What do you think?

Balanced equation stuff, linked to weighing of the heart ceremony.

Place Value resources:

Egyptian Collaborative activities.

This first activity is adapted from the Pharoah activity on the Ancient Egypt website.

The Challenge – ‘Ask the experts’

You are a young assistant in the Egyptology department of a museum. Last week
you went around the museum talking to three different experts about four objects
from the museum’s collection. Each expert told you something about each of the
objects.

The conservator told you what the objects were made of and how to take
care of them.

The curator told you the history of the objects.

The archaeologist told you about when and where the objects were
found.

You carefully wrote everything that the experts told you on separate cards.
However, you forgot to write down the names of the objects on these cards. You
have one card from each of the experts about each of the four objects. Read over
the twelve cards and match each card with one of the four objects.

http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/pharaoh/activity/main.html

I have made this into a collaborative activity with children working in three groups. Works best if you print expert clues onto different coloured card and childen take on different roles.

This next activity keeps children in role as museum curators. They work together matching buriel goods to pictures and descriptions to number the artefacts. You need to print off picture cards and clue cards.

Egyptians liked to play a game called Senet. I have adapted the sequence excel file from the Primary framewworks website so that you could play the game and investigate sequences at the same time.

There is a great pyramid excel file on the standards website to investigate addition and sequences.

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