Shape and space in the primary curriculum

3-D shapes - third and fourth class

Content for third class

The child should be enabled to

• Identify, describe and classify 3-D shapes, including, cube, cuboid, cylinder, cone, sphere, triangular prism and pyramid?
• Explore, describe and compare the properties of 3-D shapes e.g. such things as number and shape of faces, number of edges and corners, ability to roll, slide or stack?
• Explore and describe the relationship of 3-D shapes with constituent 2-D shapes?
Identify constituent 2-D shapes by observation and deconstruction and compile a table of results.
• Construct 3-D shapes.
Trace around nets and cut out. Use straws or pipe cleaners to create constructions.
• Solve and complete practical tasks and problems involving 2-D and 3-D shapes.

Content for fourth class

The child should be enabled to

• Identify, describe and classify 3-D shapes, including cube, cuboid, cylinder, cone, sphere, triangular prism and pyramid?
• Establish and appreciate that when prisms are sliced through (in the same direction) each face is equal in shape and size.
Keep work exploratory and simple e.g. use Plasticine, triangular prisms or suitable foods.
• Explore and describe the relationship of 3-D shapes with constituent 2-D shapes
• Construct 3-D shapes e.g. construct from 2-D shapes
• Solve and complete practical tasks and problems involving 2-D and 3-D shapes?
Identify the use of 3-D shapes in the environment.