Short Blocks

Maths Year 5 Spring Shape (A)

Each unit has everything you need to teach a set of related skills and concepts.

Deepen understanding of 3-D shapes (suggested as 2 days)

Planning and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
The cube and the cuboid. What is the same about these two shapes and what is different? Discuss how to sort 3-D shapes into the two sets of a Venn diagram. Show how a Carroll diagram can also allow us to sort shapes.
Group Activities
-- Describe and sort 3-D shapes according to a range of properties.

Day 2 Teaching
Look at pictures of 3-D shapes on suggested websites. Can children describe and name each shape? Do they find it easy to visualise shapes from 2-D drawings? Click on shapes to play animations. Explore the many different types of pyramid and prism.
Group Activities
Use the ‘Pharaoh’s rest’ in-depth problem-solving investigation below as today’s group activity.
Or, use these activities:
-- Explore the properties of prisms and pyramids.

You Will Need

  • Models of 3-D shapes including cuboids, cones, cylinders, pyramids and prisms
  • Feely bag, sorting hoops & small cards for labels
  • Blu-tack & dry-wipe pens
  • ‘Prisms’ & 'pyramids' activity sheets (see resources)
  • Paper, scissors, tape
  • Models of prisms & pyramids

Mental/Oral Maths Starters

Suggested for Day 1
Find lines of symmetry (simmering skills)

Suggested for Day 2
Bonds to 100 (simmering skills)

Mastery: Reasoning and Problem-Solving

  • Always true, sometimes true or false?
    A cube is a type of cuboid
    Pyramids have 5 faces
    Prisms have a cross-section that is always the same, so a cylinder is a prism
    Cubes and cuboids have the same number of vertices
  • How many edges has a…
    -- Cuboid?
    -- Square-based pyramid?
    -- Cylinder?
    -- Triangular prism?


In-depth investigation: Pharaoh’s Rest
By looking at this net for a square-based pyramid, can you visualise and draw other, different nets that fold to give the same pyramid?

Extra Support

What’s Special?
Identifying and describing properties of triangles; using these properties to sort the triangles.