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Choose the Symbol that Follows the Rule

In this worksheet, students will match pairs of shape-based symbols in the same way as a pair of examples. It will develop their ability to categorise and use skills such as rotation and mirror imaging.

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'Choose the Symbol that Follows the Rule' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Spatial and Non-Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Apply the Relationship

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Hi there symbol superstar!

Are you ready for another challenge?  


When we compare things, we look at what is the same and what is different about them.


In this question type, we are given two images and we need to work out how the first has been turned into the second.


These are some changes to look out for:


Change Image Example
 The second image in each pair has been turned. 
 The second image is shaded in a different way. 
 Part of the second image has got bigger or smaller. 



Take a look at this example:

Work out how the first pair changes.

Then use the same rule to work out which image best completes the second pair.


Which of these options would the square turn into?

a)         b)         c) 


Did you notice that the shading is darker between the first and second images in the first pair?

Therefore, we must also make the shading darker in the second pair, so the answer which best fits the sequence is b.



In this activity, you will need to be a symbol superstar and match images based on a pattern that you will find.

Remember to work out how the first image changes into the second image to find the rule.


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