Lesson 4: Pattern 2: Reflection and symmetry

Children draw an image and then select a small section to trace into one square of a quadrant, they continue flipping and tracing into the next square of the quadrant until the 'flip pattern' is complete

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create patterns using reflection and symmetry

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • To create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • To improve their mastery of Art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need the 10cm grid drawn out prior to the lesson. Also, when selecting an area to trace, it is a good idea to create diagonal lines or curved lines that go out of the area of the box. Try not to trace complete images, just sections.


Pupils working at greater depth: May go on to produce further flip patterns using 5cm squares. This creates much more complex patterns.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Paul Carney,  
Art & Design specialist
Paul has 22 years experience of teaching art as a specialist subject in both Primary and Secondary schools. He is a council member with the National Society for Education and his expertise has led him to deliver CPD for leading…
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