Properties of Shape

This collection of resources supports the teaching of Properties of Shape in primary mathematics. These activities are linked to the year groups containing the corresponding content in the National Curriculum. 




Here are some favourite activities selected by the NRICH team.

  • Jig Shapes (Y1) Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card?
  • Poly Plug Rectangles (Y2) The computer has made a rectangle and will tell you the number of spots it uses in total. Can you find out where the rectangle is?
  • Cubes (Y2) This feature brings together activities which all use cubes to support your thinking.
  • Building Blocks (Y3) Here are some pictures of 3D shapes made from cubes. Can you make these shapes yourself?
  • Stringy Quads (Y4) This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
  • Olympic Turns (Y5) This task looks at the different turns involved in different Olympic sports as a way of exploring the mathematics of turns and angles.
  • Baravelle (Y6) What can you see? What do you notice? What questions can you ask?

These are just a few of the activities on Properties of Shape that you can find on the NRICH curriculum pages.




The activities below, taken from the STEM Learning website, complement the NRICH activities above.