Being able to recognise patterns is traditionally thought of as a mathematical skill and practicing patterns definitely helps with our Maths but it is also an important skill when learning to read and write, recognising letter groups and patterns and makes beautiful art.
" By understanding patterns, children are able to make predictions about what should come next." Litchfield and therefore it is an important skill to master.
We started the week creating 'snowflakes' by folding our paper into quarters and cutting small pieces away.
As we opened them we were surprised to find that the same pattern was repeated around the centre. Most of us had 4 repeats of our pattern. We are using these to see just how much the radiant energy from the sun impacts on us in our classroom. Hopefully we will have some lovely patterned paper as an added bonus.
We challenged ourselves to create patterns that were not linear, that were more three dimensional. It was tricky for some of us to keep the pattern repeating. We noticed that when we did this the pattern could change and sometimes it meant we had more that one pattern in our arrangement and that we could describe it in more than one way.
We have been challenged to learn our times tables, this week we practised our 2 x tables and we began to make the connection between what we were seeing and the mathematical language of multiplication.
Next week we'll be using our knowledge of patterns, nature and the sun to create artwork for Art Waikino. We can't wait for you to see what we come up with.