Shape and space in the primary curriculum

2-D shapes - infants

Content for junior infant class

The child should be enabled to

• Sort and name 2-D shapes such as square, circle, triangle, rectangle?
Perform directed sorting of 2-D shapes with different criteria, e.g. round/not round, thick/thin?
• Use suitable structured materials to create pictures
• Solve problems involving shape e.g. which two shapes go together to cover a square?

Content for senior infant class

The child should be enabled to

• Sort, describe and name 2-D shapes such as square, circle, triangle and rectangle?
Collect and sort different shapes e.g. straight, curved, flat, side, corner etc?
Make shapes with art straws, on geoboards and draw shapes found in the environment?
• Combine and divide 2-D shapes to make larger or smaller shapes?
Cut paper shapes into 2 or 4 pieces and discuss the results.
• Solve problems involving shape and space e.g. make a shape with 7 blocks or discover how many different shapes can you make with 5 blocks?
• Give simple moving and turning directions?