Repeating patterns in school activities
The regular school routine shows many repeating patterns.
For example, students may go to the library on the same day at the same time each week, or go to sport every Friday.
Many school years follow the sequence term-break-term-break-term-break-term-long holiday, which is almost a repeating pattern.
And events such as Anzac Day and students' birthdays always fall on the same date each year.
Exploration of such patterns can develop students' understanding of basic time units.
Timelines are great examples of number lines.
Patterning concepts can be reinforced through integration with other curriculum areas.
Art and music often exhibit repeating patterns or symmetry as do many physical education exercises.
Many patterns can be found in events such as school sports days.
Young children’s picture books provide many opportunities for reinforcing patterning ideas.