Learning By Topic KS1: Lego And Mathematics

Explore the different 3D shapes you are creating with your Lego, can you name some basic 3D shapes and list their proprieties (for example number of faces and vertices) Remember a single Lego brick is a cuboid with cylinders (the studs) on top!

How many lines of symmetry do your various Lego creations have?

Measure your different sized Lego bricks and record these in centimetres (and millimetres if need be), arrange them according to their measurements in ascending order lengths. Trace them onto a piece of paper or use paint and print them to represent your measurements and ordering.

Measure your height in Lego bricks! Top Tip: This can be done for family members and friends too.

Use Lego bricks to assist you with your number bonds!

Follow a set of instructions to put a Lego kit/set together. When you do this you enhance your problem solving skills which is a vital skill to have as a mathematician! 

Sort your Lego bricks by colour, shape and size – are there any other ways you can think to sort them?

Lego is a great tool to use when you are learning about fractions. Create a tower of 4 Lego bricks and break it in half (2 bricks) then break the half into half again and you have a quarter (1 brick). Ask an adult how to represent a half and a quarter in written numbers (½  , ¼) Repeat this with towers of 8 Lego bricks, 12 Lego bricks,16 Lego bricks and 20 Lego bricks.

Explore how many smaller sized Lego bricks can fit into larger bricks. See the following link for an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILUJdSsT32c