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Now, obviously I know what the difference between circles and ovals is, but I'm not sure what language to use explaining this to reception! I know there was a post on here recenty about descrbing circles correctly, so I'm fine with that, but how do I talk about ovals?

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I'm introducing different 2d shapes and talking about their properties - how is an oblong different from a square etc and some Heinemann plans someone on here recommended said to introduce ovals too and to say how they are different from circles - I suppose to deal with any misconception before it comes up?? Do you think mentioning ovals is a bad idea? I haven't tended to mention them in the past, I must admit.

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Hi, I don't know if this will help you but what about drawing out a circle and then an oval around pre-cut shapes and asking the children to describe the differences they see? You could also have some pictures of ovals and circles cut out from magazines and ask them to suggest which shape they most look like and sort them into two groups. Another idea could be to draw both shapes out on the ground - large - and walk around the shape to get a physical feel for it.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Lesley :o

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