Age 10/11 Area of Shapes Lesson

The lesson’s focus is to understand and find the area of simple and compound shapes. We look at strategies to find the area, starting from counting squared centimetres, to multiplying length by width, to finding missing sides and using formula. The lesson can be changed depending on the abilities within a class. It includes a starter with questions aligned to formal assessments.

Other lessons in the unit are available here. To take part in trialling any resources for free please e-mail enquiries@

The lesson is aimed at children at an age 10/11 level (Year 6 in England and Wales).

The lesson’s context revolves around a mission to Mars where we are marooned and have to struggle for survival. Pre-lesson preparation is provided with three animations from an astronaut’s first-person point of view as he or she travels and lands on Mars, making the lesson come alive for the children (see the animations here). Two further animations set the context of being marooned on Mars, finding a satellite to communicate with home and then trying to repair it by finding the area of the holes in its solar panels (see the animations here).

PowerPoints provide structure, modelling, examples and explanation. Optional IT links are provided as well as an optional investigation activity for two ability groups.

There are lesson plans which include:

• suggested links to the Welsh, English, Northern Irish, Republic of Ireland and Australian curriculums;
• notes to provide lesson information and context;
• optional pre-lesson preparation;
• starter, main, groups and plenary sections with suggested timings (please change depending on your class);
• sections of the lesson linked to Blooms taxonomy (see for more info.);
• talk time suggestions;
• PowerPoint presentations to support teaching;
• differentiated group activities with extra ideas for early finishers;
• consideration of, and reference to, different learning styles; and
• independent activities that are planned to aim to allow the teacher to support or extend an assessment group within the lesson

We aim to provide detailed and thorough planning, so there will be more information, examples and differentiation in the planning than are needed, and changes may need to be made depending on your class.

For more information on the teaching alive project please visit or e-mail enquiries@ Any positive or constructive feedback appreciated.


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  • PP65M.7.1Area.pptx
  • PC65M.7.1AreaCount.pdf
  • PC65M.7.2AreaLxW.pdf
  • PC65M.7.3AreaLxW0.pdf
  • PC65M.7.4AreaA-B.pdf
  • PC65M.7.5AreaA-BMiss.pdf
  • PC65M.7.6AreaA-BMiss.pdf
  • PC65M.7.7AreaA-BMiss.pdf
  • PC65M.7.8MissSide.pdf
  • PC65M.7.9ArPerim.pdf
  • PC65M.4.1TTGrid.pdf
  • PP65M.7.2Prep.pptx
  • TC65M.7.1Mark.pdf
  • TC65M.7.2Y6PlanArea.pdf

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Created: Dec 15, 2019

Updated: Feb 10, 2020

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