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Visualisation exercises

What is it?

Teaching notes and examples for introducing geometrical visualisations as a tool for developing spatial awareness and geometrical language. There are seven examples of visualisations you can explore and use with pupils.

The visualisations are available in two different formats:

  • as written scripts to read out to your pupils which are in PDF format
  • as audio files to play to your pupils which are in MP3 format.

What does it do?

These resources provide reconstruction exercises that you can include in your lessons, especially as short starter activities. In a reconstruction exercise:

  • pupils imagine a simple picture of lines or shapes, building up or altering the picture in various ways and noticing features, for example, what changes and what stays the same
  • this is followed by a whole-class discussion to reconstruct what pupils saw. This reconstruction phase may take longer than the visualisation itself.

Why use it?

This approach will help pupils to:

  • form and manipulate mental images of lines and shapes
  • develop a feel for spatial relationships and generality
  • develop and formalise the language needed to describe what they see.

What do I do now?

Download the resources you need: