# Area explained

This Year 4 (KS2) maths worksheet on area was created by a primary school teacher and will help your child understand how to calculate the area of shapes.

Area is the name we use for the amount of space a surface or 2D shape takes up. You could measure the area of a small space like a table or a big space like the school field. We measure area in square units. Have a look at these shapes. Can you work out what area in cm2 they have?
Keystage:  KS2, Year 4

## What is area in KS2 maths?

In KS2 maths, the area is the amount of space inside a flat shape, like the floor of a room. It's measured in square units, such as square centimetres or square metres. To find the area of simple shapes, children multiply the length by the width (for rectangles and squares) or use special formulas for other shapes like triangles.

## How do you teach children to calculate the area of a shape?

To teach children to calculate the area of a shape, start by explaining that the area is the space inside a shape, measured in square units.

Show them that for rectangles and squares, they can find the area by multiplying the length by the width.

Introduce the area formula for triangles: base times height divided by 2.

Use visual aids and real-life examples to make the concept clear and engaging.

## How will this activity hep your KS2 child with understanding area?

This teacher-made activity will help your child understand area and how to calculate area by providing simple explanations and examples. They will also have the opportunity to put their learning into practice.

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