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# Number (patterns): Fascinating Fractals

## Challenge level ⭐⭐

(designed for children with prior knowledge of the Year 3 and Year 4 programme of study)

Learning Objective

We are learning how to solve a natural world problem by using and applying our skills and knowledge of number and identifying patterns.

Useful prior knowledge:

• To recognise patterns and sequences

Credit: BBC Two - The Code

## Clip Description

Nature is full of many different and beautiful patterns. The shell of a turtle, the scales of a fish, the spots that cover a giraffe’s body and the wings of a dragonfly are just some examples of where tessellating patterns can be found.

In this fascinating clip, we learn about a special type of pattern found in nature called a fractal. Fractals give rise to complex structures that at first glance can seem disordered and random. We learn that a tree is an example of a fractal. This is because it follows a simple rule that repeats over and over again as it grows. What do you think this rule is? Watch the clip to find out.

## Quick Whiteboard Challenge

Continue and discuss with a partner the rules behind the number sequences below.

1) 4, 2, 0, -2, -4, -6, ____ , _____

2) 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, _____ , _____

3)  0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, ____ , ____