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Outdoor maths: Symmetry alfresco

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By John Dabellmaths coordinator at Lawn Primary School in Derby

Help children to discover maths in the real world by exploring symmetry in the great outdoors


Nature is full of examples of symmetry so encourage the children to be maths detectives outdoors and seek it out

Don’t forget to download Activity sheet, ‘Symmetry beyond the school gates’ and help children discover symmetry outdoors.

Everywhere we turn, we encounter examples of symmetry – whether in nature or the manmade world. Symmetry provides plenty of opportunities for teaching mathematics, spatial exploration and making links with the outdoor environment. For visual learners, this part of the maths curriculum is like walking into an Aladdin’s cave. Connecting maths, symmetry and the everyday world can also be a child’s first steps in relation to mathematical aesthetics and an appreciation of art, architecture, and technology. When it comes to taking advantage of maths moments beyond the classroom, then symmetry offers you a chance to combine shape, colour and creativity to really excite and challenge children’s maths senses and skills.

What is symmetry?

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  1. K-Leigh
    on 16 October 2014

    uni assignment

    Thank you very much for these ‘Out of the box’ ideas for activities that explore symmetry with students, outside of the classroom. I find them very useful :)

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