In Maths this week, as well as our ongoing number work, we have be looking at repeating patterns and attempting to make our own using all sorts of different media, including sticks, stones, paintbrushes, water cans, shapes and much more. We have looked at repeating patterns in movement and in music, where we created rhythms with the instruments. According to Nrich, recent research has found that young children’s ability to spot mathematical patterns can predict later mathematical achievement, more than other abilities such as counting (Rittle-Johnson et al, 2016). Patterns are also an important element of spatial thinking and geometry, for instance with reflective and rotational symmetry. Once children begin to spot patterns they see them everywhere, not only in the environment, but also in daily routines and all kinds of regular behavior. Most important of all, children find pattern activities engaging and so they can help to develop positive attitudes and access to mathematics for all children
If you are interested in further information regarding the development of pattern awareness in Maths, please visit https://nrich.maths.org/13362?part=index
What patterns exist in the world around you at home?