Trying Some Tiling
On a recent trip to Barcelona, I thought these lovely hexagonal Antoni Gaudi tiles in La Perdrera would generate some tiling investigations.Reproductions are also used on the pavements of the city centre.
On returning to school I showed this photo to my students and we discussed the tiles, their shape and design and wondered if we could make some of our own that fitted together in the same way. We noticed that 3 different ideas centred on alternate vertices which when they were put together made 3 different yet complete designs. The bottom left tile bothered us somewhat though, as it didn't seem to fit the pattern. Would ours do the same?
So we investigated, first for a homework and then with the help of the photocopier and some good old cutting and sticking. More of an art activity than maths, it could be argued, but the end results were very satisfying and made a stunning display.
Then, others that did!
The bottom left tile on the original didn't bother us any longer! Well done Year 6!