As you've no doubt realised, shapes come in many shapes and sizes. There are 2D and 3D shapes, regular and irregular shapes, 3sided, 4sided and many more besides. For KS3 Maths, you will be expected to be able to recognise and know the names of some shapes. This quiz will help you do just that.
Squares and pentagons, kites and parallelograms, cubes and pyramids are all names of shapes. Shapes with equal angles at teach of their corners, like squares or pentagons, are called regular shapes. But what do we call a shape with different angles, like a kite, a rhombus or a parallelogram? We call it an irregular shape. Cubes and pyramids are 3D shapes. There are many different shapes, all named for the properties they have.
This quiz will help you understand the names and definitions of some of the various two and three dimensional shapes that you will come across. Take your time and read each question carefully before choosing your answers. Good luck!














A straight line only has length

To work out the area you limes length x width. A onedimensional straight line has no width and so no area


The word comes from the Greek words for 'many' and 'angles' (but today we think more in terms of 'many' and 'sides')

A 3sided shape is of course a triangle


A quadrilateral is a polygon with four corners or vertices and four sides or edges. A quadrilateral is sometimes known as a tetragon for consistency with pentagon (5sided), hexagon (6sided) and so on

It is found in cubes, spheres, cylinders and pyramids for example


A cube has six faces

A pyramid has 4 triangular faces and 1 square face


They meet at 90 degrees

Rotational symmetry means a 2D shape can be rotated and still look the same, like a square
