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.
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.
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