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Area by counting shapes

  • Year group: Year 4
  • Term: Spring
  • Topic: Length, weight and volume
  • Duration: 1 weeks
  • Keystage: KS2
  • Age Range: 8 to 9 yrs
  • Unit can be taught out of sequence: Y
  • Week Range: 4

In this chapter, pupils find the area of simple shapes by counting squares.

Using concrete examples, pupils meet the concept of area for the first time. They understand that area is the amount of space bounded by a flat 2D object. Pupils find and compare the areas of simple rectilinear shapes by counting squares.

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Resources for this topic

White Rose Maths

Area by counting squares

Direct link to our Y4 scheme.
By WRMaths

Problem solving

A problem solving resource involving square tiles.
By WRMaths

Mathematics Mastery

Area by counting squares

Mathematical discussion is a key element of the Mathematics Mastery programme.

Talk Tasks are a brilliant way of enabling pupils to develop their mathematical language, thinking, understanding and confidence.

This activity explores the concept of area by counting squares.

• Talk tasks are best completed in mixed attainment pairs, with pupils taking turns to listen and construct arguments
• Emphasis is on discussion rather than the solution, encouraging pupils to use key language and talk in full sentences
• Ask pupils to prove their answers in a variety of ways, using the CPA approach to support mathematical understanding and number sense

Like what you see? Mathematics Mastery is a professional development programme for teachers with a mission to transform mathematics education in the UK.

This task is just a taster of the complete classroom resources we offer. We also provide in-depth development training, online CPD, specialist support and assessment tools.

We believe all elements of our programme are vital in creating lasting change – enabling every child to enjoy and succeed in mathematics.

Want to find out more? Check out our free resources and blogs or join an information session.
By Mathematics Mastery

Area by counting squares

Mathematical discussion is a key element of the Mathematics Mastery programme.

Talk Tasks are a brilliant way of enabling pupils to develop their mathematical language, thinking, understanding and confidence.

This activity explores the concept of area by counting squares

• Talk tasks are best completed in mixed attainment pairs, with pupils taking turns to listen and construct arguments
• Emphasis is on discussion rather than the solution, encouraging pupils to use key language and talk in full sentences
• Ask pupils to prove their answers in a variety of ways, using the CPA approach to support mathematical understanding and number sense

Like what you see?

Mathematics Mastery is a professional development programme for teachers with a mission to transform mathematics education in the UK.

This task is just a taster of the complete classroom resources we offer. We also provide in-depth development training, online CPD, specialist support and assessment tools.

We believe all elements of our programme are vital in creating lasting change – enabling every child to enjoy and succeed in mathematics.

Want to find out more? Check out our free resources and blogs or join an information session.
By Mathematics Mastery

Resources shared by teachers

Year 4 - Measurement: Area - Spring week 4- What is area? Counting square and making shapes

Year 4 – Measurement: Area – spring week 4 – What is area? Counting squares, making shapes and comparing area.

This pack of resources covers Year 4 measurement: area for week 4 of the spring term. The resources support a mastery approach to teaching mathematics. CPA (Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract) is promoted throughout therefore ensuring you have appropriate concrete resources in your classroom is recommended to make full use of the packs.

Week 4 includes worksheets and activities on:
- What is area?
- Counting Squares
- Making Shapes
- Counting half squares
- Comparing area


I hope you find the resources useful. Feedback is very welcome.
By Stephanie Kirk

Maths Area & Perimeter of rectangles starter

Work out the Area and perimeter of a number of rectangles and then put them in order. Students should notice that large areas do not necessarily mean larger perimeters
By Tristanjones

Area of rectangles

Worksheet finding area of rectangles. Q1 squares given to count, Q2 dimensions given to use formula.
By fionajones88

Area and Perimeter - Basic KS3 Introduction

For lower ability classes, this lesson serves as an introduction to area and perimeter. It is mostly using the basic counting squares method. Includes a card matching activity and a multiple choice quiz.
By TeachByNumbers