# Introducing Shapes to Year 5

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by aneekag, Dec 18, 2011.

1. ### aneekag

Its my first time teaching year 5 and I have been given the topic Shape, Space and Measure, I am having difficulity figuring out how I could introduce the topic to the class I want my first lesson to be on 2D shapes. Has anyone got any ideas?

2. ### germanspeakerNew commenter

If you are going to be teaching them a fair bit of maths you may want to have a lesson which helps you assess how much shape prior learning they have - eg you could have a class quiz covering things like naming shapes (including looking at the triangle http://www.mathsisfun.com/triangle.html and quadrilateral families http://www.mathsisfun.com/quadrilaterals.html), number of faces, edges and vertices, lines of symmetry and make it into a fun game.
Alternatively, if you want more of a one-off or engaging start of term lesson, maybe try a tessellation investigation or something to do with nets - eg collect packaging over the holidays and get them to draw the nets, leading them to design their own net.
Hope this helps give you some ideas. I'm a teacher with 2 years expeience in year 5 and would always go back to the scheme of work to check roughly what level to pitch it at. But I think having the physical shapes to hand always makes the lesson more accessible to children.

3. ### minnieminxNew commenter

http://nsonline.org.uk/strands/34759/34270/110214
gives you the year 5 LOs for SSM . There isn't a lot on 2-d shapes as such. Types of triangles is the main thing to be 'taught' in year 5.

Shape, space and Measure is a whole attainment target, your school ought to have been a little more specific about what aspects are to be covered next term. At the moment it is a bit like saying 'I'm teaching reading next term, any ideas?'.

4. ### slippeddiscNew commenter

A year 5 class should already have a good knowledge of shapes so you need to find out what exactly the class teacher would like you to cover. It is likely to be things like different types of triangles, area, perimeter of complex shapes etc.

5. ### MizUnderstoodNew commenter

If you're only just introducing Year 5 to 2D shapes then they've missed some major teaching over the years!! I've just done shape with the Year 2 class I was with and they were learning 2D shapes including irregular polygons up to octagons!!
I echo what the others have advised, find out which 'area' of shape you are supposed to be covering as it's unlikely to be as simple as 2D shapes, although it never hurts to have an elicitation task in the first lesson as a starter activity to get to grips with what they already know, e.g. using a pin board or similar, have quick 1 minute challenges of "How many different triangles can you make?" etc, that way you can see if they only make triangles with the 'bottom' on the floor or only make regular polygons.
I love this website, and although it's american for the year groups the stuff on there is brilliant;
http://nlvm.usu.edu/
You can do all sorts of interesting shapes work on here, there are interactive geoboards, tesselations etc etc.