Dice Reflections: A dice is reflected in two mirrors. What numbers can be seen?
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.
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A transformation in mathematics is an operation performed on a shape (or points) which changes the view of that shape (or points). This topic includes four transformations namely reflection, translation, rotations and enlargement.
Rotational Symmetry Pairs: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of rotational symmetry.
Transformations: Draw the transformations of shapes involving reflection, translation, rotation and enlargements.
Alternatively, for the more advanced student, there is an ever-growing collection of Exam-Style Questions with worked solutions on the topic of Transformations.
Tessellations: Which polygons tessellate? Which pentominoes tessellate? Drag the shapes onto the canvas to create tessellating patterns and investigate the laws of tessellations.
Enlargement by a scale factor: A Maths teacher goes through the idea of enlarging a shape from a centre of enlargement.
Transformations Song: The four basic transformations have been put to music!
Cat Face Reflections: A worksheet containing pictures and shapes to be reflected in given lines.
Mixed Transformations: A worksheet containing mixed transformations questions and a grid for drawing the solutions on.
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