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10 of the Best Perimeter Problems for Primary Maths – Teaching Resources for KS1 and KS2

Help your pupils explore the measurements of the sides of shapes with these mathematical worksheets, lesson plans, activities ideas and games...

  • 10 of the Best Perimeter Problems for Primary Maths – Teaching Resources for KS1 and KS2

1 | Perimeter for Years 3-5

The White Rose Maths Hub is funded by the government and works with hundreds of primary schools. Download the scheme of learning for perimeter for Y3, Y4 and Y5 here.

  • The Y3 resource covers calculating the perimeters of 2-D shapes in centimetres or millimetres.
  • The Y4 resource covers measuring and calculating the perimeter of a rectilinear figure.
  • The Y5 resource covers calculating the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes.

Get all of these resources here.


2 | Perimeters – Y3 measurement maths challenge

These perimeter review worksheets provide extra challenge for Year 3 children.

They feature a variety of perimeter problems are spread across three sections, enabling you to use the whole sheet during a lesson or to select specific problems for different teaching sessions.

A separate answer sheet for all sections is included.

Get this resource here.


3 | Perimeter PowerPoint

This handy PowerPoint Presentation takes you and your students through the basic ideas. Plus, it’s narrated by a clip art Santa Claus, which is a baffling bonus (guessing it was created around Christmas time).

Click here to download.


4 | Length, area and perimeter

This lesson plan from Mike Askew is differentiated for Key Stage 1, and lower and upper Key Stage 2, and offers a number of activities to approach length, area and perimeter with your students.

Check it out over on our sister site teachprimary.com.


5 | Perimeter of 2D shapes worksheet

Aimed at upper KS2 learners, this worksheet challenges them to work out the perimeter of various shapes, even when the measurements for all sides aren’t given.

Download or print this PDF here.


6 | KS1/2 perimeter and area lesson

Most arithmetical relationships that primary children encounter obey simple direct rules: for example, the larger the number you add, the larger the total. The relationship between perimeter and area is probably the first connection that children meet where the ‘rules’ are not simple and direct.

In this lesson plan Mike Askew is here to guide children through those rules.

Get this free resource here.


7 | Perimeter explorer

This handy interactive tool creates random shapes and asks students to work out the perimeter. Just type in your answer and hit the ‘Check’ button to see if you’ve got it right.

You can choose the number of squares in the shapes, from 1 to 46, and there’s an option to only create rectangular shapes too.

Give it a try here.


8 | Mister Maths worksheet

Worksheets. They’re always handy. Here’s an 11-question PDF from Mister Maths that’s suitable for KS2 children.

You can find it here.


9 | Perim-bots

Here’s a great little game that challenges you to answer six perimeter questions, and collect a robot part for each correct one.

You get to choose from a selection of heads, bodies, arms and legs to build your robot, and the variety of questions keeps things interesting too.

Give it a play here.


10 | NRICH area and perimeter

This NRICH article (which comes with printable resources too) has a range of fun challenges that’ll get KS2 students exploring the relationship between area and perimeter for themselves.

It tasks them with things like:

  • Drawing a shape where the area and perimeter are the same
  • Drawing one where the perimeter is numerically twice the area (and vice versa)
  • Making the area of a shape go up while the perimeter goes down
  • And drawing shapes that have the same area but different perimeters

Check it out here.

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