Students explore the concepts of angles; buildings (structures); cubes; projection (mathematics); side elevation; technical drawing; transformations and visual perception.

Teacher notes

  • Students are presented with a plan of a geometrical landscape consisting of coloured cubes, some obscured from view, constructed on a 4 x 4 grid.
  • Students translate an aerial view or angled view to a profile view, producing the required front, back or side views as seen from ground level.
  • Presents an aspect of spatial development and thinking that teachers value but have difficulty in managing and assessing in the classroom.
  • Emphasis is on developing students' skills in translating from bird's eye views (plan representations) to orthogonal (face-on) views.
  • The objects progressively increase in difficulty.

Learning objects

 building site picture.

Building site: level 1
Students look down (bird's eye view) on single-storey building plans and analyse how the can be seen by a person standing on the ground level. They then use cubes to build a ground-level view of the building plan (from the front, side or back).

 building site picture.

Building site: level 2
Students look down on some multi-storey buildings. They build a ground-level view of the building plans from a given perspective: front, side or back.

 building site picture.

Building site: level 3
Students view multi-storey buildings from a corner angle. They create a 2D side views from each 3D plan. Students can rotate the 3D plan to assist with creating their views.

 building site picture.

Building site: level 4
Students are shown two side views and a bird's eye view. They build a 3D multi-storey plan from the 2D plans. Students are able to rotate their 3D plan to gain different perspectives.