Shape, Space & Desperate Measures
Luke Spacewalker leaves his home planet Isosceles to measure the length and breadth of the galaxy. Aided by his trusty robot companion, 2D3D, he aims to calculate the shape and size of everything.
Little does he know though, that his every move is being tracked by the evil Daft Apeth and that this seemingly harmless mathematical exercise will turn into a battle that could ‘shape’ the course of the Universe itself!
Based on the new Maths Curriculum Shape, Space and Desperate Measures can be booked at 3 different levels:
Key Stage 1: units of measurement: (cm & m, grams & kilogrammes, millilitres and litres), measuring length, height, mass and volume, 2D shapes, 3D shapes,sorting shapes, position, direction and turns.
Lower Key Stage 2: measuring length, mass, volume and perimeter, finding area by counting squares, 2D & 3D shapes, comparing angles, finding lines of symmetry, translations and drawing shapes on grids.
Upper Key Stage 2: measurement: (metric & imperial units), perimeter, area of squares, rectangles, triangles and parallelagrams, volume & capacity, 3D shapes, circles, estimating and naming angles, angle rules, angles and sides of rectangles, regular & irregular polygons, reflection & translation.
“A fantastic play that kept the children 100% engaged….it was pitched perfectly for each age group performed to.” St Mary’s Primary School, Omagh BT79
“Great Value as the whole school watched the performance from EY – Y6” St John’s RC Primary School, Banbury OX16
“The children really enjoyed the performance and were entertained throughout” Oaklands School, Loughton IG10
“Drama was brilliant, all children were engaged..” Brewster Avenue Infants School, Peterborough PE2
“The children were engaged, especially with the songs.” Skegness Infants Academy, PE25
“Very positive experience – thanks.” Toddington St George CE School, Beds LU5
“Children really engaged + very enthusiastic about the performance.” Sunnyside Academy, Kingsthorpe, Northants NN2
OUR REQUIREMENTS: A space approximately 15ft x 15ft at one end of a school hall (raised or on the flat is fine) and access to a plug socket. Actors will introduce themselves to office staff on arrival and need their small van as close as possible to the performance area for loading and unloading.
SET-UP TIME: 45 minutes
DURATION: 60 – 65 minutes
PACK-UP TIME: 30 minutes
AUDIENCE LIMIT: 300
The play is a comedy Star Wars spoof, but is packed full of curriculum based problems and information. The same basic story works for all three levels but we have sections of maths that swap in and out.
For Key Stage 1 we start off by looking at measuring things and using the right unit of measurement – cms and metres, grams and kilograms, litres and millilitres – and ask the audience to decide on the appropriate unit of measurement for various objects. We do a little section on time, which has proved quite tricky for them so far, we get the audience to come and help us work out when one number is bigger than another and use the ‘greater than’ and ‘lesser than’ symbols. We introduce 2D shapes and we name them – square, rectangle, circle, pentagon and octagon and we look at how many sides they have and introduce the term ‘polygon’, we then move on to 3D shapes and get the audience to help pick out each one as we name them and look at the number of vertices, edges and faces and we use the appropriate names for each.
For Lower Key Stage 2 we do a more complex section on measurement – we re-cap how many centimetres in a metre, grams in a kilogram and millilitres in a litre and then set 3 different problems where the audience have to convert from one to the other to get the answer. And then do another short section on time reading time from a clock face, we then move on to measuring the perimeter of various shapes with an irregular outline when we have some of the measurements given and then move on to area, which we approach by counting square centimetres. We find the area of the irregular shape and also of a triangle. The next section looks at angles – we start with a quarter turn 90⁰, a half turn 180⁰and a three quarters turn 270⁰ and that a full turn is 360 degrees and we move on to the different types of triangle, name them all and look at how we can work out what the size of the angles are from wheat we are given. The next section is on shapes and we look at different quadrilaterals and name them, we look at regular polygons and name them and look at their lines of symmetry, then look at symmetry in various other shapes. We introduce finding a point on a grid using coordinates and later in the play we translate shapes on a grid and work out the new coordinates of certain points. The final section is on 3D shapes and their names and we count faces and vertices.
For Upper Key Stage 2 we do the same section on converting units to solve problems, we solve a simple time problem, we introduce a quadrant and look at coordinates that are positive and negative numbers and when we translate shapes for this age group we use positive and negative translations. We work out the area of several different rectangle shapes using area=width x height and we learn that to find the area of a triangle it’s ½ base x height. We do the same section as for Lower KS2 on triangle and look at how to work out the size of angles in various different types of triangle given that all angles add up to 180⁰. We do a similar section on quadrilaterals to the previous level, but find angles using the knowledge that all the angles add up to 360⁰ and we look again at symmetry in various shapes. We have another quick time problem where we have to count on 2 hours 5 mins to see what the time would be then move on to volume and we do a section on finding the volume of a cuboid by looking at how many cubic centimetres will fit into a shape and then use the formula V=L x W x H to find the volume of a shape.