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Pattern seeking

Pattern seeking involves observing, measuring, and recording natural phenomena, or carrying out surveys. These can often be biological investigations where it is not possible to control the variables. The children then look for patterns and relationships in the collected data.

Set the children the task of seeing which flowers in the garden seem to attract the most pollinators. They will need to create their own recording sheet and decide what they are looking for. Will it be colour or shape of flowers? Smell and not? Then when they have collected their information they can look at the results. Are yellow flowers the best at attracting pollinators? Can they complete a bird survey in their garden? There are some wonderful resources linked to the Great Big Bird Garden Bird Survey

Complete an investigation within the family to see whether larger feet mean you can jump further? (Of course this is challenging as there will be other factors such as age at play here, but if there are a few family members the children could engage with over video call.) Measure feet and then perform a standing jump and measure again. Children then look at the data and see if there is a pattern. You could ask them how they will display their data to work out if there is a pattern? Other investigations on a similar topic might be if you have bigger hands can you pick up more sweets?


Collaborate with colleagues on this course to build a bank of ideas, and suggest ONE pattern seeking enquiry that would be suitable for home learning.

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