Shape and Space

Teachers can use the table below to access the best activities for their class:

  1. Choose the key stage, title, topic and focus best suited to children’s learning needs;
  2. Download the compact Activity Notes to help plan and prepare quickly;
  3. Check what other equipment, if any, needs to be ready; and
  4. Enjoy trying a different approach to teaching a familiar topic.

Key Stage 1

Title

Topic

Focus

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The Wizard’s Cauldron

Slimy dip

Blind folded slimy dip 

Sort 2-D and 3-D shapes

Describe 2-D and 3-D shapes

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Invisible Journeys

Direction

Left and right without having to move forward

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Sheepdogs

Direction and movement

Left, right and moving forward

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These activities are taken from the resource booklets below.

Key Stage 2

Title

Topic

Focus

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The Grand Old Duke of York

Direction and the analogue clock face

Quarter, half and full turns. Clockwise and anti-clockwise

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Revolutions

Turning

Full turns

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Build a Square

Right angles

Angle as a measurement of turn, using a Beebot

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Rectangles

Square and rectangles

Properties of squares and rectangles, using Logo software

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Build a Staircase

Sequences and patterns

Right angles, using Logo software

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Amazing Mazes

Different perspectives

Left and right from different perspectives, using Logo software

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Build a House

Drawing shapes

Equilateral triangles, using Logo software

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Tessellations

Patterns

Tessellation, using Logo software

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Hansel and Gretel

Directions

Left and right, using Logo software

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Red Riding Hood

Parallel lines

Parallel lines, using Logo software

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The Three Little Pigs

Problem solving

Building a wall using Logo software

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Rapunzel

Problem solving

Building a staircase, using Logo software

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Rumpelstiltskin

Problem solving

Solve a ‘squares’ puzzle

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Building Shapes

Irregular 2D shapes

Sides, angles, symmetry and tessellation, using Logo software

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Remembering Shapes

Creating 2D shapes

Language of line, angle and location, using Logo software

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Enlarging Shapes

Enlarging and reducing the size of shapes

Writing simple programme code with Logo software to change the size of shapes

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Reflections, Rotations and Spirals

Manipulating shapes

How change of direction changes a shape, using Logo software

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Newgrange

Solving puzzles

Vertical, horizontal and perpendicular, using Logo software

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Finn McCool and the Giant’s Causeway

Solving puzzles

Hexagons and diagonals, using Logo software

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Giza

Investigation

Triangular numbers and pyramids, using Logo software

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Grianan of Aileach

Investigation

Concentric circles, using Logo software

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The Mermaid’s Cave at Dunluce

Investigation

Circumference, diameter and hemisphere, using Logo software

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The Streets of Derry/Londonderry

Investigation

Geometric design and eight points of the compass, using Logo software

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The Great Famine: Facts and Figures

Famine map of Ireland

Eight points of the compass

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Map Challenge

Grid map challenge

Coordinates

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Water Use at Home

Water sources

Bird’s eye view maps

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The Romans

Roman archaeology

Roman tiles

Roman navigation

Grid references

Symmetry and tessellation

Four points of the compass

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Pitches to Posts

Rugby

Shapes and dimensions on the pitch

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These activities are taken from the resource booklets below.