**A mathematics investigation involving patterns, embedded in a real-world context.**

This open-ended mathematics investigation has been designed to deepen students’ understanding of patterns.

In this investigation, the students have been asked to design a friendship band for a special friend. They must create a repeating pattern with coloured beads for the friendship band, using at least three colours. The students must create three different friendship band designs before deciding which one they like the best.

This teaching resource includes:

- teacher notes, detailing a range of important information about the investigation
- a detailed description of the investigation for students, including step-by-step instructions
- a design template
- reflection questions.

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