In this article for primary teachers, Fran describes her passion for paper folding as a springboard for mathematics.

Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?

Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?

Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?

Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?

Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.

Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?

Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?

These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.

What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?