There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Symmetry. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

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### Symmetry Starters:

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.

#### Transformations

Draw transformations online and have them instantly checked. Includes reflections, translations, rotations and enlargements.

Transum.org/go/?to=transform

### Curriculum for Symmetry:

#### Year 5

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...

#### Year 6

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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### Notes:

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.

Understanding the mathematics of symmetry is the focus of this topic. Accurately drawing the reflection of an object requires an understanding of the relative positions of reflected points. Defining the position of the mirror line is important to find the position and orientation of the reflection.

The Wrapping Paper lesson starter makes it clear that for rotational symmetry, the position of the centre of rotation is very important.

Work on this topic can produce some excellent display work!

### 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.

### Symmetry Activities:

Pattern Clues: An interactive activity challenging you to reproduce a pattern of coloured squares according to given clues.

Polygons: Name the polygons and show the number of lines and order of rotational symmetry.

Rotational Symmetry Pairs: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of rotational symmetry.

Transformations: Draw transformations online and have them instantly checked. Includes reflections, translations, rotations and enlargements.

### Symmetry Videos:

Symmetry, reality's riddle: Marcus du Sautoy' TED talk illustrating some aspects of symmetry.

The science of symmetry: An illustrated talk about the notion of symmetry and how it applies to nature.

### Symmetry Worksheets/Printables:

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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