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African maths

Discussion in 'Primary' started by helskie26, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. helskie26

    helskie26 New commenter

  2. comenius

    comenius New commenter

    What about looking at African masks? If you do a search in google images there are loads to look at.
    The majority are symmetrical and use shapes. Could they children make their own symmetrical African masks using just 2D shapes to create the face and decoration?
    More able could design their own and less able could have half a mask there for them to copy the other side. Or give them a challenge - can you make a mask using 10 circles, 4 triangles etc
  3. helskie26

    helskie26 New commenter

    Thank you comenius- that sounds great!
    I am aslo trying to link in work on rigfht angles and half and quarter turns as this is the unit we are on. Does anyone have any African ideas for these objectives?

  4. Have you seen the traditional designs the Ndebele (South Africa) use
    to decorate the walls of their houses? Mainly symmetrical, lots of right angles - very bright
    and striking.
    If you would like to do some African drumming
    workshops as part of your Africa-themed week, I provide these. Please
    see my thread on the Marketplace forum. They can have as much (or as
    little!) mathematical basis as you wish.


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