E P Collier

Primary School and Nursery

Nurture. Discover. Achieve.

Green and Orange Team

3D Shapes

Learning Intentions

  • To look at the features of cones
  • To explore the properties of 3D shapes for building and stacking
  • To begin to use the correct vocabulary to talk about 3D shapes (flat faces, curved, shape names, edges, corners or vertices)

Introducing cones

Photos: Name the shapes!

Look at these pictures below:

What do you notice about the way the shapes are stacked?

Are they stacked on their flat faces or curved faces?

Which balance best do you think?

Can you see any shapes that are stacked on their curved faces?

Are these on the top or the bottom of the model?

Why do you think this is?


If you have some building bricks like this have a go at building some towers and explore what happens if you stack with curved faces! 

If you do not have building bricks, you could use some junk and boxes, like mine!
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