If learning mathematics is going to be an exciting adventure for our young learners, then we need to ensure that they experience sufficient opportunities to enjoy working flexibly across the mathematics curriculum. Being flexible enables them to appreciate that problems may have more than one possible answer and become more willing to consider alternative strategies when they get stuck.

These activities will encourage thinking flexibly about shape, position and movement (geometry).



The tangram is based on the dissection of a square into seven pieces.

1.  Can you make other squares using some, not all, of the pieces?

2.  Can you make five different squares?

3.  What is the smallest square you can make?

4.  What is the largest square you can make?




If you have some triangles like these can you make the repeating patterns below?

Try continuing the patterns. How did you know where to place the triangles?

What other repeating patterns can you make with these triangles?

Triangles 1 pdf

Triangles 2 pdf