Preps start investigating patterns in nature


In all Education for Sustainability it is important to nurture biophilia and present opportunities for children to develop a sense of curiosity about the natural world. Patterns that are visible and easily recognisable are a good starting point for this. For example in grades P-1, we teach students to identify dendritic patterns in trees, rivers and veins, a simple pattern that explains how liquids are distributed in natural processes. Success and confidence from identifying and understanding these patterns in the real world sets up habits and vocabulary to introduce abstract patterns such as food chains, energy flow and matter cycles later on.


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