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Find the Plan View of a Simple Shape Made From Cubes

In this worksheet, students will find the bird’s eye view of a basic 3D shape. It will develop their knowledge of the properties of 3D shapes.

'Find the Plan View of a Simple Shape Made From Cubes' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Spatial and Non-Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   3D Plan Views

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Hi there shape spotter!


When you can see something from above, it is called a bird’s eye view.

It is called this because it is what a bird would see if they were flying above it and looked down.


For example, if you are talking to your friend, you see their face.

But a bird flying over the top of your friend would see the top of their head!


What about if you were walking past a house?

You would see windows, a door and the side of the roof.

But a bird would see the top of the roof.


Have a look at this 3D shape.

In this picture, you can see some of the sides and top of the shape:


Can you match it to the view you would get from above (the bird’s eye view)?

a)         b)        c)        d) 


If you imagine that you are a bird flying above, what you would see is d!


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Here's a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

Think about which faces are visible from above and then match the 3D shape to its bird’s eye view.


Let’s get started and engage our bird’s eye!

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