Drawing 3D Shapes

Scheme of work: GCSE Higher: Year 9: Term 2: Drawing 3D Shapes

Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Draw 2-D shapes and make 3-D shapes using modelling materials; recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations and describe them
  • compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes

Success Criteria

  • Identify properties of the faces, surfaces, edges and vertices of cubes, cuboids, prisms, cylinders, pyramids, cones and spheres
  • construct and interpret plans and elevations of 3D shapes.

Key Concepts

  • Students need to understand the geometrical difference between a prism and a pyramid.
  • Horizontal lines are not drawn on isometric paper.
  • Students need to sketch a solid from elevation drawings and vice-a-versa

Common Misconceptions

  • Students often get confused which elevation to draw and how to include hidden detail.
  • Some students find it difficult to draw 3D shapes on isometric paper.  Encourage the use of multilink cubes to aid drawings.

Drawing 3D Shapes Resources

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Planes of Symmetry in 3D Shapes

Planes of Symmetry in 3D Shapes for Key Stage 3/GCSE students.

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GCSE Trigonometry Skills & SOH CAH TOA Techniques

Master GCSE Math: Get key SOH-CAH-TOA tips, solve triangles accurately, and tackle area tasks. Ideal for students targeting grades 4-5.

Regions in the Complex Plane

Explore Regions in the Complex Plane with A-Level Further Maths: inequalities, Argand diagrams, and geometric interpretations.