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This sequence of lessons explores student understanding of reflections, rotations and translations. Students can work collaboratively to determine the combination of shapes which can undergo transformation. Students then carry out their own reflections, translations and rotations. Downloadable templates, worksheets and a PowerPoint presentation are provided for teachers to use.

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Year level(s) Year 6, Year 7
Audience Teacher, Student
Purpose Assessment task, Content knowledge, Student task, Teaching resource, Teaching strategies
Format Downloadable resources
Teaching strategies and pedagogical approaches Collaborative learning, Differentiated teaching, Explicit teaching, Feedback, Growth mindset, Structuring lessons, Worked examples
Keywords Cartesian plane, coordinates, reflection, rotation, translation, symmetry, combined transformation, positve scale factor, negative scale factor, mapping object

Curriculum alignment

Curriculum connections English, ICT general capability, Critical and creative thinking, Numeracy
Strand and focus Space, Apply understanding, Build understanding
Topics Angles and geometric reasoning, Position and location, Shapes and objects, Transformation
AC: Mathematics (V9.0) content descriptions
Recognise and use combinations of transformations to create tessellations and other geometric patterns, using dynamic geometric software where appropriate

Describe transformations of a set of points using coordinates in the Cartesian plane, translations and reflections on an axis, and rotations about a given point

Numeracy progression Understanding geometric properties (P4, P5)
Positioning and locating (P5)

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