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 Post subject: Area of shapes made from rectanglesPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:47 am

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Can anyone tell me what year / level you would expect average children to calculate the area of compound shapes made from more than 1 rectangle?
DS 's work seems inappropriately difficult.

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 Post subject: Re: Area of shapes made from rectanglesPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:51 am

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I would expect year 5 & 6 to be doing this. What is the problem?

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 Post subject: Re: Area of shapes made from rectanglesPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:30 am

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My DD was doing this in years 5/6.

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 Post subject: Re: Area of shapes made from rectanglesPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 11:47 am

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He is year 4 (last reported level 3c). Not sure of problem exactly, just a comment in his planner saying that he struggled with this, this week!
I will make up a few problems and try with him, but compared to his current targets ( green wall) it seemed hard.

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 Post subject: Re: Area of shapes made from rectanglesPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:05 pm

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I found this quite useful with children who are struggling

http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resourc ... index.html

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 Post subject: Re: Area of shapes made from rectanglesPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 2:13 pm

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Minesatea wrote:
He is year 4 (last reported level 3c). Not sure of problem exactly, just a comment in his planner saying that he struggled with this, this week!
I will make up a few problems and try with him, but compared to his current targets ( green wall) it seemed hard.

Can I just say that I am v v v impressed that his journal had an update such as this...well done that teacher! I would expect yr4 to be able to work out very simple L shapes, if the dotted lines, and all dimensions were added for them, but not assume they could suss out the dimensions by themselves for a while.

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 Post subject: Re: Area of shapes made from rectanglesPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:17 pm

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Yes, I am impressed with the feedback too. Maybe you could start to get him to break down complex shapes into rectangles and fill in missing measurements. Or do you find that school goes on in the following week to do work to surmount the difficulties?

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