Last week we started learning about shapes. To get ready we looked for shapes as part of our home learning. We searched for shapes around our homes and made shape pictures.
Next we went on a shape hunt outside. We looked for shapes and took photos. We tried to name and describe shapes and looked for shapes that were the same.
Then we looked for objects in the classroom. We took photos and collected objects then matched the shapes. We tried to talk about the shapes we found.
After that we cut out our shapes and stuck them on card. We thought about whether they had straight or round sides and looked for corners. We looked for shapes in magazines.
Finally we were ready to make our ‘That’s not my shape…’ book.
We have been very interested in the ‘That’s not my…’ series of books and we have got some special Easter ones. They are feely books and help us to think about the properties of things and to describe. Have a look at ‘It’s not my Giraffe’
We used all the shapes we had cut out to create our book. We needed a front cover and a title and then we stuck our shapes on. We decided our first book could be called ‘That’s not my triangle’.
On the pages we stuck different shapes. We thought about why it was not a triangle. We had to describe the shapes and think about things that were the same and things that were different. It helped us to learn about the properties of shapes.
On the last page Miss Hulme had stuck lots of different shapes like arrows and hearts. We thought about why they couldn’t be triangles. First we thought it was because they didn’t have any pointy bits (corners) but then we noticed one corner on the heart and two on the moon. Zak corrected us to say that it was because they didn’t have 3 corners.
Miss Hulme made it extra tricky by having shapes of different sizes, some shapes upside down and some shapes that are harder to recognise like very long thin rectangles and different types of triangles.
What have we been learning?
We have learnt lots about shapes! We have been learning to find shapes outdoors, talk about shapes, name shapes, describe shapes, compare shapes, talk about properties of shapes. We have been doing some tricky learning, talking about how we know something is a particular shape.
How can you continue on learning at home?
Look out for shapes around your house or on your way to school
Cut out shapes to make your own shape pictures can you make a car with a rectangle, square and circles?
Look out for shapes in old magazines and cut them out
You could even make your own shape book
Sort toys into shapes, when you tidy up put all of the same shaped toys together
Look out for shapes with blocks and Lego while you build and see if you can talk about them