Patterns Mania! - A Journey of Discovery

Patterns are all around us!Finding and understanding patterns gives us great power! With patterns we can learn to predict the future, discover new things and better understand the world around us. Understanding patterns is a basic skill needed in maths to understand why things work together. Patterns help solve problems and can be found everywhere in designs, shapes and groups of numbers. Helping a child to notice patterns in his or her world is an important skill to learn and fun to work on together. The children will look for patterns in nature and all around us. A fun activity to start our project would be to go on a Pattern Hunt outside or around the school. Children will enjoy discovering different patterns. It is important for us to give children as many opportunities to create, extend and copy patterns.This will be a short term (6 weeks) project aimed at children aged 3-5 years old. The content of the project are integrated with the educational program of both pre-schools and have a universal and intercultural dimension. (The project tasks are correlated with educational program in our pre-schools.) The provision of learning through play which is paramount in the Early Years Foundation Stage will allow for the opportunities to organise creative activities in mathematics, language and literacy, art, music, technology etc.The tasks will also contribute to the three prime areas of development in the Early Years such as Personal, social and emotional development, communication and language and physical development. Creative thinking will be applied in collaborative problem solvingProject background: Children have the right to independently explore and experience the world around them.