teaching maths shape namesHere's a straightforward Shape Matching Game for two players.

The board consists of a track around the perimeter with a 'shopping list' of shapes for each player. The idea is that children take it in turns to roll a dice and move a counter around the perimeter track. Each time they land on a shape they need to check their 'shopping list' to match the shape to its correct name. They may tag the shape name with a counter as they go. Read more »

protractors and angle  measurementIf you have every spent time trying to help children to use a protractor you will know how tricky a skill it is to teach. Here's a fantastic maths resource from one of our members that takes much of the pain out of that.

Jason came up with this when he was teaching his Y4 children to measure angles. Here's how he describes it: Read more »

mental and oral mathsThis starter idea focusses on 2D Shape. In particular the properties of shape and the correct use of shape related vocabulary. Like most of our mental and oral starter ideas it can be used as a group or individual activity too.

It is related to the "Target Board" activity we explored in Mental Mondays #13

Here's how this one works. You show a grid of 30 numbered shapes: Read more »

mental and oral mathsThis Mental and Oral activity is based on the properties of shape.

It is quite a simple idea, but the focus is on the correct use of vocabulary and on the children's thinking skills. Therefore, as well as being a 'thoughtful' starter, it will also generate some good assessment opportunites.

Here's how we play it: Read more »

Cloak for the Dreamer - shape and geometryA Cloak for the Dreamer by Aileen Friedman (Author) and Kim Howard (Illustrator)

This is a wonderful family story of a tailor and his sons as they design and create three cloaks. The mathematical focus is on how geometric shapes fit together to create beautiful designs, however, the book also offers a wonderful message about following your own dreams. Read more »

egg tangram puzzlesThis is an egg tangram puzzle, often called the Magic Egg. The nine pieces can be reassembled to create numerous shapes - most popular ones are birds! The resource can be printed out and children challenged to create the images. The process of piecing together the individual shapes supports the children's logical thinking, reasoning, and visual problem-solving skills. Read more »

Sorting Shapes Maths GamesThis is a series of activities and games closely related to the popular Number Properties Clue Game. In this version, however, the focus is on the properties of quadrilaterals.

The downloadable file (see the attachment link below) includes a set of the 16 quadrilaterals that can be created on a 9-pin pegboard and a set of 22 'property cards'.

Print the set onto card and cut the 16 quadrilaterals and all of the property cards into separate items. Read more »