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Mathematics / Foundation / Number and Algebra / Patterns and algebra

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Sort and classify familiar objects and explain the basis for these classifications. Copy, continue and create patterns with objects and drawings (ACMNA005)

Elaborations
  • observing natural patterns in the world around us
  • creating and describing patterns using materials, sounds, movements or drawings
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
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