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Patterns are everywhere

There are many patterns in both natural and constructed environments. For some beautiful examples that you can use as an introduction to this theme, look at this YouTube video showing that patterns are everywhere.

Patterns also occur frequently in many school activities. Some examples are:

  • skip counting (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20…)
  • block building
  • decorative patterns (e.g. potato stamping, butterfly patterns)
  • musical rhythm and melodic repetition
  • rhyming in poetry
  • playground games.

There many more.

Tartans and nursery rhymes

Here are two more examples of patterns to explore.

Curriculum links

Year 1: Investigate and describe number patterns formed by skip counting and patterns with objects