Shape and symmetry in key stage 2 (KS2) should build on the skills learnt in your child’s early years and in key stage 1 (KS1). As it is important for your child to be practicing at home, there is a free shape and symmetry worksheet provided at the bottom of this page.

At school your children should be taught to:

  • Compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles.
  • Identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to two right angles by size.
  • Identify lines of symmetry in 2D shapes.
  • Describe positions on a 2D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant.
  • Describe movements between positions as translations given unit to the left/right and up/down.

 

Terms Explained 

An acute angle is smaller than at right angle at 90°.

An obtuse angle is bigger than a right angle.

Line of symmetry: A 2D shape is symmetrical if a line can be drawn through it so that either side of the line looks exactly the same. The line is called a line of symmetry.

 

Symmetry Worksheets and Activities 

Here are some fun ways in which you can help your children learn shapes are listed below. Including a symmetry worksheet for your children to do.

Polygon Shapes

Here are some regular polygon shapes. They fit together exactly. You can help your children identify regular polygons and tessellations by doing a tessellation search in your home.

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The tessellation search involves finding examples of regular polygons in tessellation in nature, magazine pictures, fabric designs or wallpaper. From this your children can create their own tessellations e.g.

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Torch Light Fun

Use a torch to make shadows of various 3-D objects on the wall, and have your children describe and draw what 2-D shadows.

Lines of Symmetry Activities

You can help your child understand the concept of symmetry by doing these activities. The first one involves drawing and then cutting out the following shapes. As well as a symmetry worksheet.

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How many lines of symmetry can you find by folding the shape to see whether both parts match?

The second activity involving symmetry is symmetrical letters. Which of the following capital letters have lines of symmetry? Either print these symmetry worksheet or draw them out for yourself.

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Online Games 

As well as the symmetry worksheet above, online games are helpful for your children to practice what they have learnt in school in a fun and engaging way. Here are two suggestions.

Match Under The Seasymmetry worksheet

This game helps your children match 2D and 3D shapes to their names. Once they match the tiles are removed and a picture is revealed. This is a good game for your children as it helps them match the names to the shape.

 

 

Symmetrysymmetry worksheet

This game let’s your children work out weather the shape is symmetrical or not. This is either in pictures, shapes or letters. This is a good game as it helps your children identify symmetry in all objects.