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Sorry if this is a really silly question but is there a finite list of "official shape language" to teach in reception?
just got to planning for "Beginning to use mathematical names for 2D
and 3D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes. - 40 - 60
I hope I'm not coming across as thick but I was just
wondering if there were ones that should definitely be taught as well as
those that are unnecessary to be taught at 4 years old. I'm talking
about list of shapes as well as 'mathematical terms'.
Sorry again for sounding stupid X
I could be wrong but I teach simple 2D shapes so circle, triangle, square, rectangle (oblong) and pentagon and on a lot of my resources these shapes appear. For those more able I introduce more shapes just names though and sides.
3D shapes again I go through them all but focus on a simple selction, sphere, cube etc.
Then I teach faces, sides, vertices (and say oooo this is a posh word for corners)
But this was later in the year with children higher points what would not be expected/exceeding.
Hope this helps in sme way,
If you download the document on this webpage, page 10 might help: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110202093118/http:/nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/node/84996
EXPLORING PATTERNS, SHAPE AND SPACE
face, side, edge, end
make, build, draw
PATTERNS AND SYMMETRY
bigger, larger, smaller
Having said that if they are ready for more complex shapes then I do have them and talk about them.
I remember on bright spark a couple of years ago who brought me her snack pot to put the lid back on and commented that it was hexagonal!!!
Hi there is a mathematics vocab book for reception up to year 6. Im not sure where you will find it now, but I imagine there will be one in your school.
Im in nursery and we learn the name of the 2d and common 3d shapes and we name their properties.. sides, corners (vertices), faces. Our children have no problem learning this new vocab at a young age, just as lots of what they learn is new. So I would go for teaching it all to them :) .
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