Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia
The Australian Curriculum sets the goal for what all students should learn as they progress through their school life. Skills in the Year 5-6 curriculum include:
- visualising, describing and comparing the features of 3D geometric objects (solids)
- naming and describing prisms and pyramids
- describing a 3D object using terms such as vertex (corner), face and edge
- connecting 3D objects with their nets (flat patterns that fold into the object) and other 2D representations such as photos and drawings
- recognising 3D geometric objects in the environment.
It’s easy to help your child practise these skills as part of everyday life – just use these simple ideas.
Is your child thrown by 3D objects, or nettled by nets (a flat pattern made by folding the surfaces of a 3D object out flat)? Identifying features of objects and visualising the structure of the whole object takes a lot of practice, so help your child with these ideas:
- notice 3D geometric objects in your environment and name them – eg in the supermarket, at the art gallery
- explore 3D shapes and their nets with online videos, articles and interactives by searching for 3D shapes and nets
- practise making nets by cutting up cardboard packaging. Many objects have several different possible nets, so try cutting up the same shaped package to create a different net. Test each net by folding it back into the original object. (It helps to think first about which edges of the package to cut, and even to make a sketch first.)
- take the Trick Shot challenge:
Take close-up photos showing just one feature of an object.
Challenge another person to work out what the object is.
For online reinforcement, Photo hunt: level 4 will give your child practice at:
- practising visualisation skills in 3D and 2D.
Shapes glorious shapes will give your child practice at:
- identifying the 3D objects that describe different iconic buildings.