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This video will help your students explore patterns and make creative connections between maths, biology, art, design, and history.

It’s one of 7 questions to explore before you leave primary school, a series of short films designed to provide inspiration for cross-curricular learning. Find out more below.

Patterns are all around us. How many patterns can you find? Have you thought about how or why those patterns form? Famous artists like Maurits Escher have been fascinated by patterns too.

Filmed at Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery at the Science Museum, London.

7 questions to explore before you leave primary school

This project—a collaboration between the Science Museum, TES and the Arts Council—is designed to provide inspiration for cross-curricular learning and offer greater access to STEM for all types of learners. We see that wonder and imagination are the foundation of both arts and sciences, and these videos invite young people to help answer big questions about the world using their curiosity, creative thinking and problem-solving skills through STEM, arts and humanities subjects.

Watch the other videos in the series

1: What would life be like without electricity?
2: What does sound look like?
3: Do you see what I see?
4: What’s in the clouds?
5: Where does the sun go at night?
7: Can you lift something heavier than yourself?

Each question, which can be used either as part of a lesson or as the start of a full topic of work, can be approached from a multitude of angles, opening up opportunities for learning across science, history, art and design and beyond.

See all seven films on our YouTube channel