This article describes investigations that offer opportunities for children to think differently, and pose their own questions, about shapes.
This is the first article in a series which aim to provide some insight into the way spatial thinking develops in children, and draw on a range of reported research. The focus of this article is the. . . .
This task requires learners to explain and help others, asking and answering questions.
A task which depends on members of the group working
collaboratively to reach a single goal.
A task which depends on members of the group working collaboratively to reach a single goal.
This task develops spatial reasoning skills. By framing and asking questions a member of the team has to find out what mathematical object they have chosen.
Shapes are added to other shapes. Can you see what is happening? What is the rule?
Look at some of the patterns in the Olympic Opening ceremonies and see what shapes you can spot.
A simple visual exploration into halving and doubling.
This problem is intended to get children to look really hard at something they will see many times in the next few months.
What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?
This problem explores the shapes and symmetries in some national flags.
How many necklaces can you make that fit the rule? How do you know you've got them all?
Making a scale model of the solar system
This second article in the series refers to research about levels
of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of
activities required to develop this thinking.
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?
We're excited about this new program for drawing beautiful mathematical designs. Can you work out how we made our first few pictures and, even better, share your most elegant solutions with us?
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make
one of your own.