Savile Park Primary School

Headteacher: Mrs J Boylan

Geometry and Shapes

Understanding geometry is essential to understanding and describing the world around us. The skills your child learns at primary school will therefore go on to help them solve problems in everyday life.

At the end of primary school, children sit mandatory tests in arithmetic and reasoning. Although these may seem a bit daunting, children build their maths skills gradually through the primary years. So your child will progress from recognising rectangles, circles, and triangles in Year 1 to finding unknown angles in regular polygons and reflecting shapes on coordinate grids in Year 6.

There are lots of simple things you can do at home to help your child with geometry.

How to help at home

You don’t need to be an expert to support your child with maths! Here are three simple but effective ways to help your child develop their understanding of geometry.

1. Speak ‘shape language’

Look for shapes in the world around you and help your child to use accurate mathematical language to describe them in terms of their properties. For example:

It has six faces.

It has twelve edges.

It has eight corners (or vertices).

It has right angles.

It has two lines of symmetry.

2. Make a treasure map

Help your child to draw a map of your house or garden on a coordinate grid. Take turns to hide ‘treasure’ around the house and give each other coordinates from the map as clues for the position of hidden objects.

3. Play guessing games

Imagine a 2D or 3D shape. Can your child guess your shape by asking questions about its properties? Can they draw or make it from modelling dough just from your description? Can they identify shapes by touch alone?