This mathematical investigation from the National Strategies Study Plus collection starts with the idea of someone being locked up in a tower.
The context could to be adapted so that it will appeal to the students, for example built around spies, knights of old, or TV characters. The tower shape and number of windows is varied and patterns are explored.
The unit provides the opportunity to generate a range of sequences that can be described in words and symbols by the students. The unit enables students to develop an understanding of investigative mathematics and related algebraic skills. There is a strong emphasis on collaborative group work. This unit is an exploration within mathematics itself but could be extendable to other curricular areas.
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