Platonic Solids and Tessellations Reviews

Following our recent workshop with visiting pupils from Fylingdales and Stakesby schools, Jazmin Gildroy and Mollie Sutherland review two of the activities they took part in. Thank you to Jazmin and Mollie and all of 7B2 who ran the workshop.

Platonic solids

The Platonic Solid task is getting creative with four shapes: triangles, squares, pentagons and hexagons. The Year 4 and 5’s found that you could only use a certain amount of the shapes because you can’t go over 360 in order to make a platonic solid as it will be flat. We didn’t mention how to make the shapes because we wanted them to figure it out for themselves. There were six tasks altogether, three triangle, one square, pentagon and hexagon. After our group had finished the challenges for that shape, we filled in the sheet so that they could find out for themselves why you can’t make a platonic solid with an angle of 360 or more. We maybe didn’t finish all of the shapes but all of the year four and five children seemed to enjoy the task as much as we enjoyed teaching it to them.


The tessellation activity is a game where you have a sheet of paper and you have four different shapes (square, triangle, pentagon and a hexagon) with different values that change every round out of the three total rounds and your group has to fit as many shapes as possible on their piece of paper to get the most money and win. After this activity we then talked with the primary schools about how tessellating works and about the angles needed so that shapes can tessellate (fit together) perfectly. The students then went on to create a pattern with tessellating shapes that they could take home. I think that the event went really well as all the primary students really enjoyed it and understood about the angles for the tessellations and some of the pieces looked really nice so in my perspective the event ran really successfully and everyone enjoyed it.

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