Dice Reflections: A dice is reflected in two mirrors. What numbers can be seen?
Freemason's Cipher: Find symmetric words in this ancient cipher.
Match Fish: A classic matchstick puzzle designed to challenge your spacial awareness.
Mirror Maths: The bottom half of some symmetrical calculations are shown above. Can you work out the answers?
Reflective Cat: On squared paper copy the drawing of the face then reflect it in three different lines.
Rotational Symmetry: Draw a pattern with rotational symmetry of order 6 but no line symmetry.
Wrapping Paper: Find the order of rotational symmetry of the repeating pattern.
Curriculum for Symmetry:
Pupils should be taught to identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a reflection or translation, using the appropriate language, and know that the shape has not changed. more...
Pupils should be taught to draw and translate simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes more...
Years 7 to 9
Pupils should be taught to describe, sketch and draw using conventional terms and notations: points, lines, parallel lines, perpendicular lines, right angles, regular polygons, and other polygons that are reflectively and rotationally symmetric more...
Pupils should be taught to identify properties of, and describe the results of, translations, rotations and reflections applied to given figures more...
Years 10 and 11
Pupils should be taught to sketch translations and reflections of the graph of a given function more...
Years 12 and 13
Pupils should be taught to understand and use the sine, cosine and tangent functions; their graphs, symmetries and periodicity. Know and use exact values of sin, cos and tan for the following angles (in degrees and radians) 0°, 30°, 45°, 60°, 90°, 180° and multiples thereof more...
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This topic covers line symmetry and rotational symmetry. The innate appeal of symmetry can be found in our reactions to finding symmetry in natural objects, such as precisely formed crystals or seashells. Symmetry in art is another source of delight.
Symmetry Teacher Resources:
Kite Maths: Can you make a kite shape from a single A4 size sheet of paper using only three folds?
Polygons: Name the polygons and show the number of lines and order of rotational symmetry.
Snowflake Generator: See how the hexagon can be transformed into a snowflake with some basic translations.
Xmas Symmetry Pairs: Match the pictures with the description of their symmetry.
Polygons: Name the polygons and show the number of lines and order of rotational symmetry.
Transformations: Draw transformations online and have them instantly checked. Includes reflections, translations, rotations and enlargements.
Pattern Clues: An interactive activity challenging you to reproduce a pattern of coloured squares according to given clues.
Rotational Symmetry Pairs: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of rotational symmetry.
Symmetry Table Challenge: In how many cells can you draw symmetrical shapes with the given row and column headings?
The science of symmetry: An illustrated talk about the notion of symmetry and how it applies to nature.
Symmetry, reality's riddle: Marcus du Sautoy' TED talk illustrating some aspects of symmetry.
Cat Face Reflections: A worksheet containing pictures and shapes to be reflected in given lines.
Polybragging Cards: Printable cards for the Polybragging game. Use the properties of polygons to win.
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