Teachers should use every relevant subject to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency. Confidence in numeracy and other mathematical skills is a precondition of success across the national curriculum.
(National Curriculum in England Framework Document, September 2013, p9)
Connections within Mathematics
Making connections to this topic in adjacent year groups
Early Years Foundation Stage
They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.
Pupils should be taught to:
identify and describe the properties of 2-D shapes, including the number of sides and symmetry in a vertical line
identify and describe the properties of 3-D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces
identify 2-D shapes on the surface of 3-D shapes, for example a circle on a cylinder and a triangle on a pyramid
compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects.
Cross-curricular and real life connections
There are many opportunities to continue to explore properties of shape, and apply mathematical understanding of this area, in other curriculum subjects.
P.E. - Making shapes with your own body in gymnastics and dance
Geography – looking at shapes within the natural environment, on maps and plans
Small world play – different shaped pieces and containers used in sand and water play and shapes cut out in modelling dough.
Design Technology – when using construction kits children can be encouraged to describe their work using vocabulary associated with the properties of shapes
Shapes in the environment, shape packaging and those in artwork and pictures.