This activity is aimed at young primary school children at KS1; it encourages them to develop their understanding of shape and gives opportunities to develop their mathematical language as they discuss what they see.

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Detailed teachers' notes for this activity, including Powerpoint slides of the images, are available on our NRICH website.


Opening Patterns

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Here are some photographs taken at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing. Have a look at all the images and see what shapes and patterns you can find.
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Some of the pictures show lots and lots of people in lines, or squares, or circles.
Can you (and lots of your friends!) make shapes like these?
Can you plan your own opening ceremony?


 


Further information

Detailed teachers' notes for this activity, including Powerpoint slides of the images, are available on our NRICH website.