Rope roll

23rd May 2008 at 01:00
Numeracy Ages 7 to 11.To help pupils understand shape and space, stand them in a circle, holding a long loop of rope

Ages 7 to 11

To help pupils understand shape and space, stand them in a circle, holding a long loop of rope. Call out the names of three to 10 pupils to hold the rope while the rest drop it.

Then get them to pull tightly to form a 2-D shape. Pupils can identify the shape and discuss its properties.

Problem-solving skills can be developed by asking pupils to organise the rope into a particular shape, such as an irregular nonagon.

As an extension, ask more able pupils to make a 3-D shape (a cuboid perhaps) with the rope. Talk about the properties of 3-D shapes including the difficulties they encounter when using materials such as rope to model them.

Benjamin Westley teaches Years 3 and 4 at Meldreth Primary in Cambridgeshire.

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