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Secondary Magazine - Issue 29: An idea for the classroom

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Secondary Magazine Issue 29  

An idea for the classroom - tile drawing

I was walking through the village last week and noticed a lovely arrangement of tiles in a shop doorway, so I took the opportunity to take a picture of them. It’s quite unusual to get a nice self-contained motif like this:


This picture is now a resource that can be used in the classroom, which you can download here.

I’ve had a set of 30 printed in colour – a luxury perhaps but pupils really respond to having high quality stimuli – and had them laminated so that pupils can draw on them and wipe them clean. There will be some occasions however, when pupils can create their designs on squared paper to keep.

Questions and activities include:

  • Tell me something you notice about the pattern.
  • Do you like the pattern?
  • Why do you like/not like the pattern?
  • How many lines of symmetry are there?
  • Draw the lines of symmetry on the picture.
  • Does the pattern have rotational symmetry?
  • What order of rotational symmetry does it have?
  • Where is the centre of rotational symmetry? Mark it on the picture.
  • Why does the picture give a feeling of ‘eight’?
  • Draw the picture on the squared paper below.
  • Draw a similar picture which has the same symmetrical properties on the squared paper below the tile.

If you decide to use this in your classroom, why not take some pictures of your pupils’ work and post them here?

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