1. Teaching Ideas

Colour Zoo – Shape and Space

Online Leaning

Focus: Communication Skills (Mathematics – Shape and Space) 

Listen to the video story ‘Colour Zoo‘ by Lois Ehlert.

This wonderful story explores shapes and colours, with illustrations of shapes on die-cut pages that form animal faces when placed on top of one another.

Colour Zoo

  • How might you explore your creativity through shape and colour?
  • What animals or objects could you create using shape and colour?

Share your shape pictures with your friends.

Note: Encourage the children to describe the shape by number of sides and corners. Compare shapes by asking what similarities and differences they see. Describing shapes helps children learn about the properties of shapes which eventually leads to a deeper understanding about shape and space.

Approaches to Learning (ATL’s) 

  • observe carefully
  • notice relationships
  • record observations using drawing or emergent writing
  • draw expressively, experimenting with various ways to move and produce marks
  • draw recognizable shapes, person and simple pictures
  • add personal elements to shapes of pictures
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