# I need your help pleeease!!! Reception - Teaching Shapes

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by Dixie1234, Feb 21, 2011.

1. ### Dixie1234

Hi all

I'm completely new to this but wonder if you could give me some help....

I've been invited to interview for a Reception post and need to do a lesson ob. I'm thinking of doing something on teaching 2D shapes - does anyone have any good lesson ideas or teaching activities (low input/high input)? Any tips and ideas are much appreciated.

Thanks
Dixie

2. ### jatti

hi dixie,
if you're going for a job in reception class, then i wouldn't be doing a lesson on 2d shapes as, i would expect most children to have secure knowledge of this by now. you could however, try 3d shapes. i read a wonderful idea a year ago (which i have posted below). i did this activity with my class and they absolutely LOVED it!!! good luck. x

Blutak 4 flat shapes to board (circle, square, triangle, oblong) & draw around them. Name/discuss. Write word &lsquo;flat&rsquo;. Show children a deflated balloon. Put it between palms & squeeze &ndash; it&rsquo;s &lsquo;flat&rsquo;. How can we make it &lsquo;fat&rsquo;? Obvious response &ndash; blow it up! Show children the inflated balloon &ndash; put between palms &ndash; it&rsquo;s &lsquo;fat&rsquo;! (Rub out the &lsquo;l&rsquo; in flat to change to &lsquo;fat&rsquo. We&rsquo;re going to try to &lsquo;blow up&rsquo; the circle. Try&hellip;no good. We need something to help us. Now for the &lsquo;magic&rsquo;. Have a sparkly box/bag. Put the circle inside & have a corresponding sphere the same size & colour already hidden inside box. (I used a yellow circle & sponge PE ball.) What shape do you think it might be when it&rsquo;s blown up? You need the &lsquo;magic words&rsquo;. Can the children think of any? Draw the top of the bag together & pretend to blow up the 2D shape inside &ndash; children say the magic words & out comes ..&hellip;.a flat circle!! Oh no &ndash; wrong words etc. We&rsquo;ve had great fun. The anticipation is wonderful. At last you pull out the 3D shape &ndash; it&rsquo;s a &lsquo;fat&rsquo; shape. Put it between palms to demonstrate &ndash; name it. Repeat with square. I&rsquo;ve found this is enough in one session. I try to &lsquo;coax&rsquo; the triangle to go in the box/bag but he&rsquo;s nervous &ndash; perhaps another day! The children won&rsquo;t let you forget! We make collections of different 3D shapes; shape walk; roll/slide/both; make models; reassemble boxes that have been opened so they are flat etc

4. ### Dixie1234

Hi Jatti

I love that idea! Thanks - I could see the children really loving it too... what different high input and low input activities would you do?

About 2D shapes - I was thinking about getting them to describe the shapes e.g how many corners/sides etc. Do you think they would already be able to do that??

Dixie