Patterns Patterns Everywhere

Patterns are amazing creations that Room 9 have been discovering and creating.

Patterns have been an interesting and exciting phenomenon for us all. We have been on pattern hunts finding patterns in places we didn’t expect.

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Amelia: Tree bark makes good patterns, they don’t always repeat their pattern though.

Haylen: Plants leaves have a noticeable pattern. They may vary in length but they grow in the same pattern.

Ryleigh: Ferns circle thing makes a pattern as they have lots of little circles that come out of it.

Next it was our turn to create our own patterns using things in our class, we are becoming experts at creating repeating patterns that could go on and on if we had more time and resources.

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Izak: Using our chairs I can make lots of different patterns: chairs up chairs down, children on chairs and not on chairs. Patterns are fun.

Emily: Using the dinosaurs I made a pattern that went elephant, elephant,  stegosaurus, stegosaurus, t-rex, t-rex, the pattern would have been better if we had more of the same colour dinosaurs.  I have a longer colour pattern which is blue, red, red, green, purple, red, purple. My next dinosaur would need to be blue, then red.

Katelyn: I made a block pattern green, red, green, red the next block would be green.

Dallas: I created a pattern using ipads, black, grey, black, grey. I made sure they were the same way around so the pattern looked right. The next ipad would be a black one.

Tane: My pattern is Blue block, Green Block, Red Block, Yellow block then strange Black block, The pattern would keep going in that order if we had more strange Black blocks.

Taking our new understanding of how patterns work we transferred our thinking into art. We explored the japanese art of Shibori, this is an art form where the use of patterns are used to create a variety of different styles. We discussed that if we folded the material into equal pieces and did something to all the pieces in the same place it should transfer a nice pattern through all pieces. 

Haylen: This is how paper people and snow flakes are created.

We used cardboard squares to make the pattern shape on the top of our folded material and made additional patterns with our rubber bands that would transfer to all the pieces under it, creating a pattern.

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We then attempted to create spiral patterns using Shibori; this wasn’t as successful, we had fun but our results did not turn out like the examples.  This technique required us to twist and turn small portions of the material in a pattern, this proved to be difficult as the material wouldn’t do as it was told and kept undoing itself.

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Our next step is to use our new found knowledge of patterns and how they work into numbers and further exploring our world around us. 

Attributed : Room 9, Whaea Angel

Curriculum Links: Numeracy, Visual Art

Key Competencies:  Relating to Others, Using Language Texts and Symbols, 

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