Real world knots and Celtic knots at the Curious Minds Club (St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, 29 November 2019)

This week at the Curious Minds Club we started by trying some more real world knots. I used the NetKnots website to learn these knots which I showed to the children: Clove Hitch, Transom Knot, Constrictor Knot, Highwayman’s Hitch, Barrel Hitch and Cat’s Paw.

Some children played a game called Knotted. The person who created this game put it online to download for free. I did this and printed it on thick card. I tried the rules but decided to adapt them to my version, in which the winner is the first player to lay a continuous path from their side of the board to the opposite side.

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All the children had a go at making a Celtic Knot pattern. I had created some patterns of my own which I asked the children to copy to get them familiar with the different pieces and how they fit together. I then challenged them to come up with their own design. Here are three examples:

Two strands interlinked (Year 2 girl):

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Two separate strands (Year 6 boy):

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One continuous strand (Year 6 girl):

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