What is a pentomino?

For Skiddaw’s latest maths investigation, Mr Ward-Banks introduced us to pentominoes. A pentomino was defined a shape made from 5 multilink cubes, fitted together where all 5 cubes touched the table when we placed it down.

We worked in teams to find as many different combinations. We found that some were reflections of others and some were the same when twisted them round. We recorded our findings and made a display of the different combinations. The next challenge was fitting pieces into a cross shaped jigsaw! Great persevering skills and team work was shown.