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Combined Shapes Practice 1

In this worksheet, students will identify combined shapes made from two given shapes or they will identify the missing shape from a combined shape. The focus will be on identifying shape, size, shading and line type.

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'Combined Shapes Practice 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: Spatial & Non-Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Combined Shapes

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Worksheet Overview

The following activity is a practice exercise to help you measure your success under timed conditions.

If you are unsure of an answer, move on to the next question.

You should come back to questions you found difficult at the end if you have time.


The questions we will answer are laid out like an addition sum in maths.

Look at the two shapes below:

One, or both of them could rotate, and they are allowed to overlap each other too. 

How many different ways can you think of them combining together?


Look at the options below:


Which of these options can be made by combining our two original shapes together?

We need to focus on one of our original shapes at a time and investigate whether it has maintained the same shape, shade and size in our answer options.

It also must have the same line type - this includes the line thickness and line style.

Remember that one or both of the original shapes could also rotate when they combine.


Let’s start with the first shape in our sum.

This shape is made up of a tall, vertical line with two shorter, horizontal lines going through its middle.

Which of our five options show exactly the same shape?

Only options b and d do.

In option a, this shape has an extra line.

In option c, this shape has lost a line.

And, in option e, the line thickness has changed.


Now, we only need to focus on options b and d to see if they contain a match for our second shape.

Option b has different shading to the original second shape.

This makes option d our correct answer.


Now it's time to begin this practice exercise.

Good luck!

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