Use the rule

Use the rule

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This task is about using rules to finish number patterns.
You are given rules to complete a series of number patterns.

Use each rule below to finish off the number patterns. The first one has been done for you.
a)  Use the rule: + 1
     5,  6, 7, 8, 9

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b)  Use the rule: + 3
     1, ,  

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c) Use the rule: - 2

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d) Use the rule: × 2
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Description of task: 
Students use given rules to complete a series of number patterns.
Curriculum Links: 
Links to National Standards (Patterns and relationships Level 2)
This resource can provide one source of evidence of students' ability to continue number patterns using given addition rules .

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Y4 (11/00)


4, 7, 10, 13

very easy


18, 16, 14, 12



2, 4, 8, 16



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Common error

Likely reason


2 ,4, 6, 8

Uses the rule +2 and does not recognise that it fails for the first two terms (i.e., 1 +2 ¹ 2 )