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National Curriculum: Geometry - Properties of Shapes - Year 2 - Articles

Created on 23 October 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 11 February 2014 by ncetm_administrator


  • Haylock, D. (2008). Understanding Mathematics for Young Children, Chapter 8, Understanding Shape and Space. Available: 978-1-4129-4726-8

    Haylock and Cockburn give an accessible and thorough introduction and subject knowledge guidance on Shape and Space in this very readable book.

  • The Development of Spatial and Geometric Thinking: the Importance of Instruction.

    Article by Jenni Way for Nrich highlighting three levels of thinking and their application to 2-dimensional shape

  • Taking shape magazine article | Published in TES Newspaper on 11 May, 2008 | By: Marjorie Gorman
  • Mason.J. (2010). Thinking Mathematically, Chapter 7 page 105, Developing an Internal Monitor. Available: 978-0-273-72891-7.

    In this chapter Mason explores thinking. What do we do, how do we do it, how can we support it, use, develop it? I suggest that by considering how we think mathematically and applying these principles to our own subject knowledge and mathematical experiences, we can begin to unravel the complexities of what we ask children to do every day. In this chapter Mason et al have moved from advice on ‘how to think’, towards ‘reflecting’ and the power of using those experiences as ‘critical moments of an investigation’.

  • What’s Inside/outside/under the Box?

    Back, J and Pumfrey L.. (c. 2005). What's Inside/outside/under the black box.

    Extract: “Shape and space offers wonderful opportunities for enriching children's experiences in mathematics in practical ways, as well as making links with other areas of the curriculum, such as art, religious education and history. If it is simply reduced to making tables about the properties of different kinds of triangles and quadrilaterals then we are missing plenty of mathematical treats”.

    In this useful article Back and Pumfrey discuss ways to extend and enrich this important area of mathematics.


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