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KS2 Maths Lessons: Year 3 Maths

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 identify reflective and rotational symmetry.

Context: symmetry in nature


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Credit: BBC Two - Wonders of Nature

Clip Description

Symmetry is present everywhere in nature, creating harmony and balance. You can see beautiful reflective symmetry in the bodies and wings of butterflies, and in the faces of owls.

You can see incredible rotational symmetry in the bodies of starfish and in many flowers.

In this fascinating clip, we are taken on a journey through the four seasons – summer, autumn, winter and spring. As you watch the clip, make a mental note of where you think examples of symmetry might be present.

Whiteboard Number Challenge

The number 4, has many connections to the natural world such as the four seasons, the four points of the compass and the four elements of earth, air, fire and water.

Use this opportunity to rehearse your four times table.