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Year 2 homework: "nets"?

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AtheneNoctua Sun 27-Sep-09 11:22:43

Does anyone know what "nets" are?

Our homework says the following:

We will be looking at various nets of 3D shapes in 2 weeks' time and would like you to provide your child with a variety of small boxes so that your children can study individual nets in detail.

What the heck are nets? I have asked several parents and no one knows. The kids don't know either.

TheCheeseAlarm Sun 27-Sep-09 11:24:26


primarymum Sun 27-Sep-09 11:27:08

If you can send in Toblerone boxes these are especially welcome as they make a nice change from the cube and cuboid nets you normally see ( Smarties and Lindt boxes are good too) This is an excellent opportunity to indulge in chocolate!

LIZS Sun 27-Sep-09 11:29:10

It is the shape of the box when unfolded. ie like this

Goblinchild Sun 27-Sep-09 11:30:10

You need to look for small boxes that are an interesting shape so that you can 'unzip' them along their seams to make them into a flat shape.
Then the children can see how a flat net can be folded to make a 3D shape.
Most boxes are a rather boring cuboid. Toblerone is a triangular prism. A Smartie tube is a hexagonal prism...notice the chocolate theme I have going here?

southeastastra Sun 27-Sep-09 11:31:21

when did the start calling them nets then?

AtheneNoctua Sun 27-Sep-09 11:31:39

I love MN. Thank you so much!

Goblinchild Sun 27-Sep-09 11:31:55

Ohh Primarymum, a teacher after my own heart.
I have mobiles in class to support their understanding and recognition of solid shapes. I selflessly contributed many of the boxes myself.

Goblinchild Sun 27-Sep-09 11:32:50

They were called nets when I was in Primary...

IdrisTheDragon Sun 27-Sep-09 11:32:57

They've been nets for years (since I was at primary school and I am 34).

Feel a bit sorry I have no need to eat lots of chocolate to produce nets for DS smile

primarymum Sun 27-Sep-09 11:39:11

Goblinchild; the sacrifices we teachers need to make

pointydoug Sun 27-Sep-09 11:54:35

Be really clever - take in a smarties tube because they are now hexagonal prisms. Ta daa!

pointydoug Sun 27-Sep-09 11:55:17

bugger - goblin got there first

pointydoug Sun 27-Sep-09 11:56:02

mentos tubes are cylinders

pointydoug Sun 27-Sep-09 11:56:34

hwoever, those big ones are far too strong to break open

Goblinchild Sun 27-Sep-09 12:02:58

'bugger - goblin got there first'

If it concerns the foodstuff of the Gods, always!

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