Mathematics

Biscuit Patterns

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15/04/2020

Biscuit the Pug is visiting Prime’s home for dinner. Biscuit likes his dog biscuits served in a particular pattern.  Can Prime serve the biscuits in the pattern that Biscuit prefers?

Watch the episode all the way through first. 

If you would like to pause at different times to talk with your child about what they notice about the patterns presented, watch the longer play version of the video at the link at More Information.  

This episode supports children to recognise and understand mathematical patterns are regular and can be described in words, using terms such as: 'made of'; 'identical'; 'repeat'; and 'always'. Encourage your child to use terms such as: 'made of'; 'identical'; and 'repeat'.

Ideas for using this resource

After watching the episode, you may like to ask your child to think about other possible opportunities to create and/or identify patterns. For example:

  • Start a pattern using household items (e.g. teaspoon, soup spoon, dessert spoon, fork, etc.) and ask your child to extend the pattern (asking them, 'What comes next?')
  • Collect other household items that you have many of (e.g. pegs, spoons, plastic utensils, etc.) and ask your child to create a pattern for you to repeat
  • Make patterns with your child, using sounds (e.g. clapping, noises, and singing).

Key words: Pentagon, square, circle, patterns, repeat, copy, extend. 
Key ideas: Repeating patterns are made by repeating a 'chunk' of the pattern. This chunk is called a unit of repeat (core). A pattern is only a pattern if it is repeated twice.

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