Patterns everywhere

6 - 8 years
Ideas to help your child practise their numeracy skills - with you, and online
Mother and daughter making coloured paper chains

Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia

The Australian Curriculum sets the goal for what all students should learn as they progress through their school life. Skills in the Year 1-2 curriculum include:

  • identifying, describing and creating everyday patterns
  • creating, representing and continuing a variety of patterns with numbers and objects
  • describing number patterns formed by skip counting, starting from any number
  • describing repeating patterns and number patterns made with objects.

It’s easy to help your child practise these skills as part of everyday life – just use these simple ideas.

Spot, listen for and create patterns

Understanding patterns is an important step in maths, and an easy one to practise – patterns are everywhere! For example, you and your child could:

  • look for shape patterns – eg in fences, wrapping paper, clothing, mats, wallpaper, floor tiles. What is the repeating pattern?
  • notice patterns in the ways things are arranged – eg packets in the supermarket, books in a catalogue, lounge cushions in a housing magazine
  • listen for patterns in rhymes, songs and music. What is being repeated? Can you make your own variation?
  • create your own repeating patterns

    Let's make a paper chain with a repeating pattern in your football team's colours. 
  • use stamps or stickers to make pattern borders – eg on artworks, table decorations, birthday cards
  • create patterns with food – eg sliced fruit on a platter, icing on a cake, toppings on a pizza
  • notice patterns in numbers – eg when you count by 5s, the last digit alternates 5/0/5/0/5/0.

Go online

For online reinforcement, What comes next in line? will give your child practice at:

  • recognising repeated patterns.



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Last modified
7 April 2020