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Language and Communication Name 2d shapes e.g. square  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils are able to name a square, circle or triangle.

Early years skill:Shape, space and measure
Early years typical range:40-60+m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Maths Shape Space and Measures
P-scales/Curriculum level:P8
TAP skill:Language (old categories)
TAP level:TAP48
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
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Shape pairs

A set of cards with shapes you are working on - say four with squares on, four with triangles on, four with rectangles on and four with circles on.

  1. Place the cards face down;
  2. Take it in turns to turn over two cards. Say the name of the shape on the card as you turn it over.
  3. If the two cards have the same shape on it you get to keep them, otherwise you turn them back over.

Make sure you have a go as well as the children. Take your go in the same way as they do, saying the name of the shape as you turn it over.

If the child struggles to say the name of the shape, say it for them. Having lots of goes rather than labouring over one go is likely to be more satisfying for the children.


Shapes and object pictures

Half the cards have the shape picture on, the other half have pictures of objects that are that shape (viewed from an angle that looks like that shape) - for example: book, iPad, ball, clock, door, coin, cheese triangle, end of Toblerone box, road warning sign. To make pairs, you now have to match a shape to an object picture. Call out the shapes for the objects and shape pictures as before.

Object pictures
All the cards are pictures of objects of different shapes - this time the children need to match two cards by their shape - coin - circle, clock - circle.

Models with 2D shapes

Printed cards with pictures of the shapes and their names.

Selection of 2D shapes.

1. Use simple 2D shapes like square, circle etc.

2. Make a model, and label the different shapes you can see.

3. Match the shapes shown in the cards with the 2D shapes.

4. See if the child can name some of the shapes they can see.

5. Ask the children to use their shapes to make the same model. See if they can name the shapes as they go, and tell you where they are.

Start with a small number of shapes - e.g. squares and triangles.

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