Shape and space in the primary curriculum
 

2-D shapes - first and second class

Content for first class

The child should be enabled to

  • Sort, describe, compare and name 2-D shapes: square, rectangle, triangle, circle, semicircle e.g. describe shapes, referring to size, corners, number and length of sides or sort shapes into 4-sided/not 4-sided, curved/not curved?
  • Construct and draw 2-D shapes us templates, stencils, geostrips, geoboards?
  • Combine and partition 2-D shapes e.g. combine shapes to make new shapes and patterns?
    Make pictures and mosaic patterns by combining shapes.
    Fit many examples of identical shapes together to cover a surface.
  • Identify halves of 2-D shapes e.g. fold paper shapes in half and cut to make new shapes?
  • Identify and discuss the use of 2-D shapes in the environment in such things as furniture, classroom objects or own possessions?

Content for second class

The child should be enabled to

  • Sort, describe, compare and name 2-D shapes: square, rectangle, triangle, circle, semicircle, oval.
    Note similarities and differences between shapes.
  • Construct and draw 2-D shapes
  • Combine and partition 2-D shapes
  • Identify half and quarter of shapes e.g. discuss the relationship between halves and quarters
  • Identify and discuss the use of 2-D shapes in the environment e.g. look for examples of tiling in the environment