Area is a twodimensional concept related to the geometric concept of an enclosed region. It is defined in the maths curriculum as the size of a surface expressed as a number of square units. Investigations of the size of an area should begin with comparisons between different surfaces and progress to the use of nonstandard, and then standard, units. The use of formulae to calculate the areas of common polygons is the final stage of the learning sequence.
Level 1 Area
Achievement Objectives 
Learning Outcomes 
Unit title 
GM11

 compare lengths from the same starting point
 use materials to make a long or short construction
 use materials to compare large and small areas

Worms and more 
 directly compare the area of 2 objects by superimposing
 cover a shape with smaller shapes

Prints and Outlines 
 cover a shape with nonstandard area units and count the number used
 compare and order areas of shapes using nonstandard area units

Great cover up 
Level 2 Area
Achievement Objectives 
Learning Outcomes 
Unit title 
GM21

 recognise the need for a standard unit of area
 measure surfaces using square centimetres
 estimate the measure of surfaces using square centimetres

Outlining area 
Level 3 Area
Achievement Objectives 
Learning Outcomes 
Unit title 
GM31

 construct a square metre and use it to measure areas
 estimate and measure to the nearest square metre

How much room? 
GM32

 use multiplication to calculate the area of a rectangle
 measure the length of a side using a ruler
 use proportional reasoning to find the area of a rectangle

Areas of Rectangles 
GM32

 understand attributes of a measurement unit for area
 understand the relationship between area and perimeter
 use patterns to find the area of shapes

Fill it up  flat space 
Level 4 Area
Achievement Objectives 
Learning Outcomes 
Unit title 
GM41 GM43 
 use a formula to calculate the area of rectangles and squares
 investigate the relationship between the perimeter and area of rectangles

What goes around... 
GM43
NA49 
 explore the relationship between rows and columns in finding the area of rectangles
 calculate the area of rectangles, parallelograms, and triangles

You can count on squares! 
GM43

 recognise that two identical right angled triangles can be joined to make a rectangle
 recognise that a triangle has half the area of a rectangle with the same base and height lengths
 apply the rule 'area of triangle equals half base times height'

Triangles 
GM43

 understand and apply the rule ‘area of triangle equals half base times height’
 connect the area of a parallelogram to the area of the rectangle from which it can be created
 find the volumes of cuboids with whole number dimensions

Areas and volumes 
Level 5 Area
Achievement Objectives 
Learning Outcomes 
Unit title 
GM54

 find areas of shapes
 find simple twovariable linear patterns relating to areas

Fences and Posts 
GM53
GM55
GM510 
 apply Pythagoras' theorem
 use their knowledge of the sum of interior angles of a polygon
 construct angles based on halving and combining 90° and other straightforward angles
 apply knowledge of length and area

How High?

GM54
GM59
NA54 
 use scale factors to investigate areas being enlarged
 use scale factors to investigate volumes being enlarged
 solve real life context probelms involving scale factors

Scale Factors for Areas and Volumes 