# Interpreting Plans and Elevations

In this worksheet, students interpret plans and elevations for 3D shapes.

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   Maths

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Eduqas, Pearson Edexcel, OCR

Curriculum topic:   Geometry and Measures, Basic Geometry

Curriculum subtopic:   Properties and Constructions, Three-Dimensional Shapes

Difficulty level:

### QUESTION 1 of 10

When we are drawing 3D shapes, we sometimes have to refer to plans and elevations.

This happens a lot in the construction industry where it is often impractical to have 3D models.

What views can we take?

There are three views we can look at.

Plan View: This is what we would see if we looked directly down onto the shape.

Side Elevation: This is what we would see if we looked directly onto the side of the shape.

Front Elevation: This is looking directly at the front of the shape.

Example:

The Plan, Side and Front Elevations for a shape are shown, Draw the 3D shape.

When we are drawing these, it's usually easiest to start with the front elevation.

We can see that is is three squares high and 3 squares wide.

Looking at the side elevation, we can see that the shape is one square wide with a single square at the bottom (bot we don't know where.)

The plan view shows that the single cube is at the back of the shape.

Putting all this together gives the following shape.

Which of the following is the correct plan view for this 3D shape?

A

B

C

Which of the following is the correct plan view for this 3D shape?

A

B

C

Which of the following is the correct front elevation for this 3D shape?

A

B

C

Three shapes are shown. Which shape has a plan view that looks like...

A

B

C

Three shapes are shown. Which shape has a plan view that looks like...

A

B

C

Three shapes are shown. Which shape has a side elevation that looks like...

A

B

C

Three shapes are shown. Which shape has a side elevation that looks like...

A

B

C

None of them

For each of the letters, state the views correct name.

A

B

C

None of them

Three shapes are shown. Which shape has a front elevation that looks like...

A

B

C

Three shapes are shown. Which shape has a front elevation that looks like...

A

B

C

• Question 1

Which of the following is the correct plan view for this 3D shape?

A
EDDIE SAYS
If we look down on the shape from above, it is two squares next to each other.
• Question 2

Which of the following is the correct plan view for this 3D shape?

A
EDDIE SAYS
If we look down on the shape from above, it is two squares next to each other.
• Question 3

Which of the following is the correct front elevation for this 3D shape?

B
EDDIE SAYS
The front elevation is looking into the shape from the front, this shows 4 squares arranged in a larger square.
• Question 4

Three shapes are shown. Which shape has a plan view that looks like...

A
EDDIE SAYS
We are looking for a shape that would be three squares long with one square sticking out of the side.
• Question 5

Three shapes are shown. Which shape has a plan view that looks like...

C
EDDIE SAYS
We are looking for a shape that would be two squares long with one square sticking out of the side.
• Question 6

Three shapes are shown. Which shape has a side elevation that looks like...

B
EDDIE SAYS
We are looking for a shape that would be four squares high.
• Question 7

Three shapes are shown. Which shape has a side elevation that looks like...

None of them
EDDIE SAYS
This is a perfectly valid answer, they can (and will) give you one that doesn't fit. None of the shapes that are 2 high also have a at the side.
• Question 8

For each of the letters, state the views correct name.

EDDIE SAYS
This is another example where you just have to know the facts. I recommend trying to write this onto a piece of paper tomorrow and then checking to see if you got it correct.
• Question 9

Three shapes are shown. Which shape has a front elevation that looks like...

B
EDDIE SAYS
We are looking for a shape that would be four squares high.
• Question 10

Three shapes are shown. Which shape has a front elevation that looks like...

C
EDDIE SAYS
We are looking for a shape that would be two high by two wide
---- OR ----

Sign up for a £1 trial so you can track and measure your child's progress on this activity.

### What is EdPlace?

We're your National Curriculum aligned online education content provider helping each child succeed in English, maths and science from year 1 to GCSE. With an EdPlace account you’ll be able to track and measure progress, helping each child achieve their best. We build confidence and attainment by personalising each child’s learning at a level that suits them.

Get started