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Matchstick Patterns (2)

In this worksheet, students link matchstick problems to number sequences.

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'Matchstick Patterns (2)' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Maths and Numerical Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Sequences

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Worksheet Overview

Matchstick problems are easy ways to create number sequences.

Look at this sequence of three matchstick patterns.


Matchstick pattern


Count the number of matchsticks in each pattern to get the following results:


Pattern 1          4 matchsticks

Pattern 2          7 matchsticks

Pattern 3         10 matchsticks


Notice that the number of matchsticks increases by 3 each time.

This is because we are adding this shape each time:




We can therefore predict the following:



Pattern 4         13 matchsticks

Pattern 5         16 matchsticks

Pattern 6         19 matchsticks



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