Spatial reasoning is thinking about the relationship between shapes and space – how shapes can move and turn, symmetry, how shapes can go together to make new shapes and the relationship between 2D and 3D shapes. In our BC mathematics curriculum, there is a big idea at each grade level that focuses on shapes and how their attributes can be described, measured and compared. Within our ADST (Applied Design, Skills and Technologies) curriculum, spatial reasoning in a significant part of being able to code or use computational thinking.
Researchers have determined that spatial reasoning in young children is something that can be developed and is a key indicator of future success in school as well as links to success in both literacy and numeracy (Duncan et al, 2007).
There are many materials that develop spatial reasoning at home with your children: jigsaw puzzles, magna-tiles, and games such as checkers, chess, backgammon and Blokus.
The BC mathematics curriculum is available to view here where you can select the grade level/s you are interested in:
For more information about BC’s mathematics curriculum, talk to your child’s teacher, school administration or contact Janice Novakowski, K-12 District Teacher Consultant for Mathematics & Numeracy at firstname.lastname@example.org