From published research and drawing on your own experience, discuss a particular teaching sequence that could be carried out for the topic of Shape and Space in primary schools. Essay

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From published research and drawing on your own experience, discuss a particular teaching sequence that could be carried out for the topic of Shape and Space in primary schools. Geometry is the mathematics of shape and space. It is about the properties of objects; their angles and surfaces, and the consequences of how these objects are positioned; where their shadows fall, how people must move around them. This essay will explore children’s understanding of shape and space based on published research, classroom experience and observations of teaching. It will focus on children’s early concepts of shape and space and discuss some of the teaching implications. It will also outline the progression of shape and space throughout the National Curriculum. Shape and space is a broad and highly complex area of study. It is often regarded as one of the most difficult mathematical concepts that children will encounter in their years in primary education (Liebeck, 1984). It is a topic which cannot be taught all at once and is only acquired through a long process of sequential development. Teaching in this area must consider this process, accounting for age and ability level so that progression is steady and new concepts are introduced which build on others which are already secure. Teachers should be aware of common misconceptions which may arise and ensure that planning is used effectively in a bid to overcome or avoid such issues. From the moment babies enter the world they are bombarded with sounds, smells images and sensations. Even very young babies seem to be pre-programmed to recognise the simple pattern made by the features of the human face. As the weeks pass, they begin to understand the three dimensional nature of the world around them. The development of three dimensional vision is a necessity, enabling us to move around in our environment. These same spatial

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