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Year 1

Explore, discuss and identify shapes that are and are not circles

I can say if a shape is a circle or not and explain why.

New
New
Year 1

Explore, discuss and identify shapes that are and are not circles

I can say if a shape is a circle or not and explain why.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. Describe what the outside of a circle feels like.
  2. Identify shapes that are circles because they are round and the outside is always an equal distance from the centre.
  3. Identify shapes that are not circles and explain why.

Common misconception

Children may think that ovals are also circles.

Emphasise that the outside of a circle is always an equal distance from the centre by exploring and drawing around different cut-outs.

Keywords

  • Circle - A 2D shape that has one curved line which is always an equal distance from the centre.

  • Curved - A line or surface that is not straight or flat.

  • Centre - The middle of something.

  • Equal - The same.

A circle does not have any sides - we use 'curved line' rather than side. Try recreating the circle-drawing exercise on a large scale. Ask a child to stand in the 'middle', holding a piece of rope tightly. Walk round to draw a curved line with chalk.
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6 Questions

Q1.
Which line is curved?
A
B
Correct answer: C
Q2.
Which shape looks like a box?
A
Correct answer: B
C
Q3.
Which robot has pointy hands?
A
Correct answer: B
C
Q4.
Which arrow is pointing to the middle of the circle?
Correct answer: A
B
C
Q5.
Which lines are in the wrong set?
An image in a quiz
Correct answer: line A
line B
Correct answer: line C
Q6.
A rectangle __________ has a curved line.
always
sometimes
Correct answer: never

6 Questions

Q1.
Which shape has one straight side?
A
B
Correct answer: C
Q2.
Which shapes have only one curved line?
Correct answer: A
Correct answer: B
C
Q3.
True or false? This shape has a curved line that is always an equal distance from the centre.
An image in a quiz
Correct answer: True
False
Q4.
This shape is not a circle because __________.
An image in a quiz
it has one curved line.
the line is always an equal distance from the centre.
Correct answer: it has straight sides.
Q5.
Which of these shapes could go in the “circles” group?
An image in a quiz
Correct answer: A
B
C
Q6.
A circle __________ has only one curved line.
Correct answer: always
sometimes
never

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