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Maths in pictures: Symmetry and pattern Use the following images and questions to explore symmetry and pattern in real-life examples. Can you think of any objects in nature, other than flowers, that show symmetry? What about manmade objects? Take your own photographs for a class display on symmetry and pattern.

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Can you name any of the shapes on this patchwork quilt? Can you describe any of the patterns in the quilt? © photosoul/www.stockxpert.com

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Here is a small mosaic. What are the shapes of the tiles that have been used? How would you describe this pattern? How many lines of symmetry can you see? © pascal79/www.sxc.hu

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What type of symmetry is used in a crossword puzzle? © Nic Taylor/www.istockphoto.com

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Here is an example of symmetry in nature. Where is the line of symmetry? Can you think of any other animals with symmetrical markings? © thadz/www.sxc.hu

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How many of these road signs do not have symmetry? Can you describe the symmetry on the remaining signs? Do you know of any other signs that show a symmetrical pattern? © designad/www.stockxpert.com

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Acknowledgements Words © Laura Ward Editorial team: Michelle Guy, Victoria Paley and Kirstin McCreadie

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