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Matchstick Patterns (1)

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

'Matchstick Patterns (1)' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Number: Number and Place Value

Curriculum subtopic:   Solve Number Problems to 1 000 000

Popular topics:   Ordering Numbers worksheets

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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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