Patterns Everywhere!

When we were reading the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar it got us talking about patterns, such as the pattern of the fruit in the story. Can you remember what the pattern was on Monday through to Friday? 

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We thought about other patterns and tried making lots of our own. As well as making lots of patterns in the classroom with various objects and media (See Mathematician of the Week post for one example), we tried making patterns with our bodies outside on the park.

This one was explained as, “up, down, up, down…..”

This one was, “jump, jump, swing, jump, jump, swing…..”

The children used the grassy area as well. This pattern was described as, “roll, STOP, roll, STOP…..”

And this one was, “jump, roll, jump, roll…..” all the way to the bottom of the bank.

We all loved making our patterns and learning that it had to keep on going to be called a repeating pattern. It didn’t feel like we were doing Maths at all!

What have we been learning? 

  • to recognise patterns in stories and the environment around us. 
  • to make our own repeating patterns. 
  • to know that repeating patterns have to keep on going and be repeated. Some children were able to make up a simple sequence but then forgot to repeat it. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Look for patterns in your home and when you go out. 
  • Have a go at making a repeating pattern with objects you find in your house. You could use knives and forks, different coins, or use colours to draw a pattern. 
  • Challenge your child to make a pattern with more than just two objects, e.g. red, blue green, red, blue, green ……
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