Age 10/11 Make and Describe 3D Shapes Lesson

The lesson’s focus is to make 3D shapes from nets and then describe them. Children work in mixed ability groups to support each other. This lesson can be extended to two or more lessons if suitable.

The lesson includes a starter with questions aligned to formal assessments. We then consolidate naming 3D shapes before revising vertices, edges and faces. Pictures and suggested actions are provided for different types of learner. We move on to looking at constructing nets and groups make a variety of shapes from nets (nets will need to be photocopied on to A4/A3 card). They can then describe the 3D shapes and investigate Euler’s formula.

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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). Four further animations set the context of being marooned on Mars, trying to find a battery to power up a satellite and then finding strange 3D objects (see the animations here).

PowerPoints provide structure, modelling, examples and explanation. Optional IT links are provided for ability groups.

There is a lesson plan 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.

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  • PP65M.10.1Make.pptx
  • PC65M.10.1Nets.pdf
  • PC65M.9.7Vocab03.pdf
  • PC65M.10.2VEF.pdf
  • TC65M.9.1Shape.pdf
  • TC65M.10.1Mark.pdf
  • PP65M.10.2Prep.pptx
  • TC65M.10.2Y6PlanMake.pdf

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Created: Jan 13, 2020

Updated: Feb 10, 2020

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