Identifying the properties of 2D shapes in the woodland area

Year 6 have been identifying the properties of 2D shapes and using a range of mathematical vocabulary.

The children were required to get into groups of 4 and find in our woodland area 12 large and 12 small sticks.

The challenge was to make a shape or picture that contained the greatest number of 2D  shapes possible.

Children then identified all the internal shapes, angles and accurately measured them using a protractor.

  • Acute angles
  • Obtuse angles
  • Reflex angles
  • Right angles and perpendicular lines
  • Parallel lines.

Properties of 2D shape


Leafy Tower of Hanoi

Year 6 have been trying to solve a problem by working logically and systematically.

The Tower of Hanoi is a maths puzzle that is traditionally completed on rods with wooden discs. However, we created our own ‘bases’ and used differing sized objects from nature.
We found out:

  1. Three leaves, it takes seven moves to complete the puzzle.
  2. With four leaves, it takes fifteen moves.
  3. With five leaves it takes thirty-one moves.

Is there a pattern? If so, what is it? What would you predict for 6 leaves?

This animation shows the solution of the game ...

This animation shows the solution of the game “Tower of Hanoi” with three discs. There is also a version with four discs.

Maths 20.5.13

A Leafy Tower of Hanoi: