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### Practising Mathematics: Developing the mathematician as well as the mathematics

How can your students work like mathematicians?

An engaging selection of tasks contain activities from many areas of mathematics including: Number work, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry, Probably and Statistics.

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# Activities

## 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 childrenâ€™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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