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Engaging Maths: Higher Order Thinking with Thinkers Keys

Engaging maths: Higher

All students should be encouraged to engage with higher order thinking tasks. This book uses a critical and creative thinking tool called Thinkers Keys, adapted to be specifically mathematical.

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A hundred square

A wide variety of number sequences can be found on a hundred square or chart. Exploring them helps students strengthen their knowledge of place value and their addition skills.

Bee-Bots

Students can use programmable toys called Bee-Bots to experiment with shape patterns.

Drawing an analogue clock face

By drawing analogue clock faces, students can learn a great deal about number lines as well as time measurement.

Folding patterns

Number sequences can also be linked to fractions through this folding activity.

Growing fractions

How can you make fractions by folding?

Growing patterns can tessellate

The video Let's Make a Pattern! can inspire students to create their own two-dimensional growing patterns.

Growing polygons

A fun way of learning the names of some polygons is to use a patterning approach.

Let's have a party!

Here is an example of how an understanding of growing patterns can help students solve problems.

Making an AAB pattern

By making the same pattern in different media, students abstract the idea of an AAB pattern.

Making border patterns

Making a repeating pattern around a border is another way of teaching students the unit of repeat concept.

Monster choir patterns

Students can construct and continue patterns using the Monster choir digital learning object. Successful attempts result in the choir converting the pattern into a monster tune.

Odds and evens

In this digital learning object, odd and even numbers are represented by different chimes. Create growing patterns that produce a particular pattern of even and odd numbers. Play them together and make music.

Picture books

Young children’s picture books provide many opportunities for reinforcing patterning ideas.

Rectangular arrays

By studying rectangular arrays, students can also learn the structure of the rectangular grid pattern.

Repeating patterns in the environment

Here are some things that students can learn from exploring repeating patterns in the environment.

Sports day

Many patterns can be found in events such as school sports days.

Symmetrical patterns in the environment

Students can learn much from exploring symmetrical patterns in the environment.

When are two patterns the same?

Students explore the different repeating patterns they can make from 12 cubes of various colours.

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