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KS3 Maths, Geography & Languages - Bird Park Project: Maths in Nature and in Art

A guide to information sources for your Year 7 maths, geography and languages Bird Park project - compiled by your librarians

Maths in Nature and in Art

Books in the Senior Library

Interesting articles about maths and birds


Maths in Art

NMAfA_Butterfly Mask (Nuna people, Burkina Faso)

When you visit the African Waterfall Aviary you will see lots of examples of African art.

Think about the mathematical aspects of the art you see, such as shapes and symmetry.

Tessellation is an interesting way to use mathematics in art, here is an example of tessellation using birds:


Find books on African art in the Senior Library, here are a few examples:

Pi in nature

BBC KS3 Bitesize : Pi

Find out basic information about pi on the BBC KS3 Bitesize website.

Listen to this podcast from the BBC all about Pi. 

Fibonnaci and the golden ratio in nature

Fibonacci numbers are all around us in nature.  Find out about Fibonacci and the golden ratio below and think about where you may see examples in the Bird Park.

(source of picture: Phi-The Golden Number)


Explore these websites to find out about the golden ratio and Fibonacci numbers in nature:

How stuff works: Fibonacci numbers in nature


The 'How stuff works' website includes information on Fibonacci numbers and how they are expressed in nature.


Maths is Fun: Nature, The Golden Ratio and Fibonacci too

Explore the Maths is Fun website and have a go at creating your own Fibonacci patterns. 

BBC podcast : The Golden Ratio

Listen to this 14 minute podcast to find out more about the Fibonacci sequence

This short video was inspired by numbers and geometry in nature.

(Source of video: you tube)

Exploring symmetry in nature

Another fantastic 'Painting with numbers' video, this one looks at symmetry in nature. 

Swallows in Symmetry


Explore these websites to find information on symmetry, think about where you can see symmetry in nature:


BBC KS3 Bitesize - Symmetry

Brush up your symmetry skills using the BBC KS3 Bitesize website's interactive activities.


Student's page - Symmetry

This website includes information on symmetry and links to pages on reflectional symmetry, rotational symmetry and translational symmetry. The website has been created by the University of Minnesota.

Click on the image above to investigate reflectional symmetry using the interactive shape.

After you are done, close the shape without saving your changes!

(Source of interactive shape: University of Minnesota)


Try drawing a symmetrical cartoon turkey!


Have a go at drawing this cartoon turkey - make sure it's symmetrical!