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This week we are focusing on 3D shapes. 

We have always enjoyed this song, so have fun reminding yourself of the 3D shape names and everyday items that take the form of a 3D shape.


A new one for you :



For all to support with 3D shape recognition and properties

Please note that the children need to explain the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. 

A 2D shape is a flat shape that cannot be picked up. It is normally drawn and the common 2D shapes are a square, circle, triangle and rectangle. 

When we have discussed 3D shapes we talk about the fact that we can pick them up, they are mostly chunky. They have 3 dimensions - we can see 3 parts, we can see their height, width and length. The children may also think we can see their top, bottom and middle! 3D faces mostly have a 2D face/s

Monday Year 1 - watch the power point and discuss the 3D shapes then match the name to the shape

Tuesday - Year 1 

Go round your house and find as many real life objects that take a 3D shape that you know. Then record the item and its' shape and use the 3D shape vocabulary mat to explain what you can about the properties and features of the shape. 

Wednesday - Year 1 to explore the shape of the faces of 3D shapes

Thursday - Year 1 Use the position and direction knowledge to complete the powerpoint

Friday Year 1 - complete the position and direction sheet. Use the knowledge mat to help you.

Year 2 - Monday and Tuesday complete the Activity sheet with the properties of 3D shapes. Watch the powerpoint in order to complete it. Use the 3D shape mats to help you with the language related to 3D shapes.

Wednesday - Year 2 revise what you have learnt so far...


Year 2 

Follow the link and draw 3D shapes. Turn the shapes into a dice using the nets provided. 


If you get confident in drawing the 3D shapes from the clip then try some other ones for yourself. 




Year 2 


Role your 3D shape dice twice and then compare the 2 shapes that you get. Use the properties of the shapes to explain. 

For example: 

A cylinder has 2 circular surfaces/faces and a cone only has 1. Both shapes have curved edges but a cone has 1 and a cuboid has 2. 

Problem solving extension questions relating to this week