This is a seasonal maths resource aimed at pupils in junior/middle classes or SEN pupils who are working on repeating patterns and sequences. The patterns use seasonal Christmas cookies in different shapes and colours. The pattern is a basic alternating pattern using two images. Pupils are asked to identify the pattern and then say which image comes next by placing a clothes peg on one of the two options at the bottom of the card.
There are three cards per A4 page. Cut up the sheets into 18 separate cards and laminate the cards individually.
This activity is especially suitable for pupils who may be good at sequences but may not be able to record the pattern in other ways. This resource could be used as an independent task or a task with adult support.
This resource would also be suitable for a group of pupils during Maths Station Teaching, where a pack is made for each pupil in the group.
This resource is also good for fine motor skills in the manipulation of the pegs onto the cards.
We frequently gave activities such as this for homework to our SEN pupils. It gave them the sense that they had homework like everyone else and it also allowed the parents to see what Maths topic we were currently working on. Pupils also considered it as “fun” homework during December.
This activity could also be used as an independent task to be completed by the pupil in their workstation.
This video shows how this resource can be used as an independent task. It shows the “First-Then” concept, the Left-Right orientation of work and the use of a “Finished” box for completed work.
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