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Find a Plan View with a Three Step Method

In this worksheet, students will find the bird’s eye view of a complex 3D shape whose position has been altered (rotated). It will develop their knowledge of the properties of 3D shapes.

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'Find a Plan View with a Three Step Method' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 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.


Have a look at the 3D shape below.

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


Can you match the shape below to its bird’s eye view?

The bird’s eye view may have been rotated.

a)         b)         c)         d) 


The answer is d!

The image has been rotated slightly from the original, but it is still what you would see from above.


Options a and b look very similar but you will see the branch of the 'T' is not in the middle.

We're looking for the bird’s eye view of the original image only. Take care not to be fooled by options like this!


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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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