odd one out and what's in common
Pattern and Design
Expressing ourselves simply

In primary school and beyond we have a natural love for patterns and design. I have chosen to place this in with the group of factors, because with factors we have a repetition, usually of number - however we are grouping items together.

In pattern and design we see this similarity and grouping going on in a visual way - excellent for visual learners. Working with this develops our abilities in recognising patterns, which ultimately helps us working with recognition of mathematical patterns.

When we get to grips with patterns in maths and how to communicate them, either through graphs, shape, number or algebra, we are well on the way to working with factors. This is a highly abstract skill and many children find this difficult to come to terms with. Hopefully by practising our design skills with patterns we improve our ability for recognising pattern in maths.