Visualising at KS1

Young children are often good at imagining - in these tasks we ask them to use their imaginations in a mathematical way.

Cubes Cut Into Four Pieces

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Eight children each had a cube made from modelling clay. They cut them into four pieces which were all exactly the same shape and size. Whose pieces are the same? Can you decide who made each set?

Shadow Play

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made them?

Happy Halving

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?

Skeleton Shapes

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

How many balls of modelling clay and how many straws does it take to make these skeleton shapes?

Hundred Square

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A hundred square has been printed on both sides of a piece of paper. What is on the back of 100? 58? 23? 19?

Overlaps

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

What does the overlap of these two shapes look like? Try picturing it in your head and then use the interactivity to test your prediction.

Cover the Camel

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you cover the camel with these pieces?

Holes

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

I've made some cubes and some cubes with holes in. This challenge invites you to explore the difference in the number of small cubes I've used. Can you see any patterns?

Arranging Cubes

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A task which depends on members of the group working collaboratively to reach a single goal.

How Would We Count?

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.

Square It

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.