3.7 Component 7: geometry

This content aims to develop the student’s understanding of shapes, coordinates and directions.

The student will learn about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties and they will develop an understanding of the size of angles, including right angles. They will also investigate reflective symmetry, nets of solids and use of coordinates.

Procedures for making and recording assessments

Class work assessed by the teacher in response to the outcomes in the table, or assessed by an externally set assignment.

Outcomes to be accredited

In successfully completing this component, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

Entry 1



GCSE reference

1.1 Recognise and name squares, rectangles, triangles, circles, and cubes

Drawings may not be accurate, but intention must be clear

G4, G12

1.2 Compare and order a group of shapes or pictures or similar shapes of different size and recognise congruent shapes

Key words are smaller, smallest, bigger, biggest, larger, largest, thinner, thinnest, narrower, narrowest, wider, widest, longer, longest, shorter, shortest

Tick the two shapes that are the same


1.3 Use and understand positional vocabulary

Key words are left, right, between, inside, outside, (in the) middle, below, under, above, on top (of)

Draw a cross inside the circle


Entry 2



GCSE reference

2.1 Recognise and name shapes including pentagons, hexagons and octagons and identify a right-angled triangle from a set of triangles

A right angle will be identified by a small

G1, G4

2.2 Recognise and name cuboids, pyramids and spheres



2.3 Describe the properties of 2D shapes, including straight and curved edges

Number of edges and vertices


2.4 Describe the properties of solids

Number of edges, vertices and faces


2.5 Understand angle as a measure of turn

Quarter, half, three quarter and whole turn, clockwise and anti-clockwise


Entry 3



GCSE reference

3.1 Recognise and name prisms, cylinders and cones



3.2 Draw lines of symmetry on shapes or pictures

Including real life items such as road signs


3.3 Recognise and draw nets of cubes and cuboids



3.4 Identify whether an angle is less or more than a right angle


3.5 Identify horizontal, vertical and parallel lines



3.6 Denote the position of a point on a grid by its coordinates or identify a point or item given its coordinates


3.7 Use North (N), East (E), South (S) and West (W) to give directions or position from a map