Bricks and Tiles

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This topic begins with the humble brick, a staple building materials for walls, homes and factories in the region's industrial centres. It explores lines of weakness in brick wall patterns and then moves on to translation, reflection and rotation using square tile patterns.

Mathematical Connections

These activities help to develop the process skills involved in solving problems: recording, systematic experimentation, justifying and proving.

Both What makes a wall strong? and Tiling patterns give opportunities for proof by systematic exhaustion.

Square tiles requires thinking about and manipulating transformations – translation, reflection and rotation. Tiling patterns will involve the use of the mathematical vocabulary of polygons and provides an opportunity for work on the interior angles of polygons.

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