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.
For online reinforcement, What comes next in line? will give your child practice at:
- recognising repeated patterns.