Shapes Matter?

Have you ever wondered why shapes are important to us? 

The students of Room 4 are discovering the importance of shapes and how they make up everyday objects, and how important they could be in the future in these students career paths. 

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Pupils of Room 4 have been sharing their dream jobs when they grow up. We discovered that we have lots of students interested in being builders and engineers. Shapes are significant to these jobs, and they are keen to learn more to help build a foundation for their dream job. 

We discovered that shapes have:

  • Sides/ edges 

  • Vertices / corners

  • Equal sides 

  • Horizontal and vertical lines

  • Parallel sides 

  • Faces 

  • Can be different sizes 

  • Can be different colours 

It was interesting to see how the groups participated and contributed to sorting the shapes into different groups.

We have sorted our shapes into colours and biggest to smallest.

Ours is sorted in smallest to biggest in a line and colour coordinated.

We sorted our shapes into regular and irregular shapes.

An equilateral triangle is the same that means that all the sides are equal.

Discussing different attributes of shapes and recording our thoughts

Carter is working hard to workout the difference between a hexagon and octagon.

An octagon has 8 sides and is bigger than a hexagon because that has 6 sides, Carter

We are taking the engineering jobs seriously and creating our own buildings, and objects by tracing the shapes to create our designs. 

In our reading groups, we are looking at how to construct bridges and what shapes are best to use to make it strong. So far we have discovered the importance of triangles and how they can hold and support a lot of weight. 

Keywords: Shapes, Attributes,  Bridges, Triangles

2024 Nicholson

Tayla Nicholson

My mission here at Wairakei Primary School is to assist children in developing their passion and skills to become lifelong learners. I believe it is vital that we allow the children to have an impact on the world one step at a time.

On a personal note, I am a fun and energetic person who loves all things sport. You will find me on the sideline of almost any sports game. I am involved in touch rugby, social football and hockey. I am also a little bit of a gym-junkie, who is always up for a challenge.

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