With the introduction of the
new National Curriculum in 2014 geometry has been pushed to the
side lines in the Primary Maths Scheme of Work, with an emphasis
instead on number, calculation and fractions.
In Year 1, at the age of 5 or 6,
children are expected to recognise and name common 2d shapes and
common 3d shapes. By Year 4, at the age of 8 or 9, children are
expected to have remembered all those names, whilst also understand
what horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular lines are,
and then use these terms to help them recognise and name the different
kinds of triangles and quadrilaterals. By Year 6, at the age of
10 or 11, children are expected to remember all those names and
terms, whilst also understand how to identify if a shape if irregular
or regular, how to find missing angles and lengths in different
triangles, quadrilaterals and polygons, and how to find the radius,
diameter and circumference of circles.
In my experience as a Key Stage
2 teacher, when teaching geometry (once squeezed into our already
busy Maths times tables,) the majority of children struggle to simply
remember the names of all 2d and 3d shapes, let alone how to recognise
whether shapes are irregular or regular, or if a four sided shape
is a trapezium or rhombus and then explain how they know that.
Shape Land books have been written
and designed to help children learn ways to recognise and remember
the names of different 2d shapes. Little tricks, catchy names and
the required mathematical terminology work together to help children
visualise and memorize what can otherwise be a very dry and boring
topic. These books can be used across the Key Stages as a teaching
aid, or at home. Visiting these books regularly with your children
will help cement the stories in their memories and help them as
they progress through Primary school.
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