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Describe the Movement of a Complex Shape

In this worksheet, students will find shapes that are rotations of the original. It will develop their understanding of 2D rotation.

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'Describe the Movement of a Complex Shape' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Spatial and Non-Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   2D Rotation

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Hi there, 2D shape detective!


Rotation is a term that describes the action of turning a shape.

The shape can turn either clockwise or anti-clockwise.


Clockwise is the same direction as the hands on a clock move.

Anti-clockwise is the opposite way.


Clockwise      Anti-clockwise



Take a look at this picture of a flower:

Which of the following options shows a correct rotation of this flower, after it has been rotated clockwise or anti-clockwise?


a)         b)         c)        d) 


The correct answer is b!


It can't be a as this is too small, and d is too big.

Don't be fooled by option c which is a flipped version of the flower (a reflection) - did you spot that the leaf was on the other side? 


It’s now your turn to find the rotations. 


EdPlace 11+ detective


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

Make sure the option you choose is an exact replica of the original. It must have the same, colour, shape, outline and size. Only the rotation changes!


Good luck rotating the shapes detective!

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