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

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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 ‘flat’. Show children a deflated balloon. Put it between palms & squeeze – it’s ‘flat’. How can we make it ‘fat’? Obvious response – blow it up! Show children the inflated balloon – put between palms – it’s ‘fat’! (Rub out the ‘l’ in flat to change to ‘fat’). We’re going to try to ‘blow up’ the circle. Try…no good. We need something to help us. Now for the ‘magic’. 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’s blown up? You need the ‘magic words’. Can the children think of any? Draw the top of the bag together & pretend to blow up the 2D shape inside – children say the magic words & out comes ..….a flat circle!! Oh no – wrong words etc. We’ve had great fun. The anticipation is wonderful. At last you pull out the 3D shape – it’s a ‘fat’ shape. Put it between palms to demonstrate – name it. Repeat with square. I’ve found this is enough in one session. I try to ‘coax’ the triangle to go in the box/bag but he’s nervous – perhaps another day! The children won’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
  3. 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??


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