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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 1
  2. Mathematics
  3. Activities
  4. Making Number Patterns
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Making Number Patterns

Grade Work Samples
Midway through Stage 1 (end of Year 1) End of Stage 1 (end of Year 2)
Grade B Darcy   Jamie   Alex   Mackenzie   Frances   Jordan   Shannon   Jo   Lindsay  
Grade C Jules   Haley   Nicky   Drew   Dale   Eden  
Grade D Xiang  
Grade E Chris  
New Work Samples

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Working Mathematically, Patterns and Algebra

Description of activity

  1. Students make a number pattern that increases or decreases.
  2. They explain their number pattern in words and record this explanation in writing.
  3. Students continue their number pattern.
  4. They then create another number pattern that has a particular number in it eg create a number pattern with the number 10 in it.

Suggested materials

Paper, pencils, patterning materials

Prior learning

Students have been involved in creating, representing and continuing a variety of number patterns.

Board of Studies NSW, K–6 Mathematics Syllabus, p 74
Board of Studies NSW, K–6 Mathematics Sample Units of Work, p 62


Patterns and Algebra (PAS1.1)
Creates, represents and continues a variety of number patterns, supplies missing elements in a pattern and builds number relationships.
Questioning (WMS 1.1)
Asks questions that could be explored using mathematics in relation to Stage 1 content.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • create and continue a number pattern
  • explain their number pattern
  • make generalisations about number relationships
  • use mathematical terminology
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