You do the Maths for Child Safety Week: KS2 Topical Maths Activities [6]

By David Leighton 

Use this Child Safety Week Maths Key Stage 2 Maths investigation in your primary school to bring purpose and context to KS2 investigations for primary mathematics; number six in the summer series of blogs linking classroom KS2 Maths lessons and resources to topical, calendar-based events.

As the half term holidays come to an end, teachers have the chance to start the second half of summer term afresh. For pupils and teachers, the last half term was likely the most stressful of the year. As such, the start of this half term is important for getting pupils back into the swing of learning without SATs, and to re-engage them with Maths.

Challenging & engaging KS2 Maths content post-SATs

Crucially, this half-term's Maths work should show pupils that learning isn't just for SATs (challenging content, anyone?) while boosting the confidence and engagement of pupils who may have struggled with the assessments.

In other words, while this half term is a chance to teach Maths content in more flexible and enjoyable ways, it should be done within the context of providing challenging Maths activities for Key Stage 2 pupils.

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20 topical maths problems for June - July 2017, including Child Safety Week

In our 1-to-1 Maths intervention for primary schools, our Maths specialists tutors engage pupils with challenging questions by linking learning back to their personal interests and hobbies. As such, pupils never feel as though they are being asked the "same old" Maths questions they see every week.

Using topical Maths to boost engagement at Key Stage 2

Another way to make content relevant to pupils is to link it back to real-world events, such as calendar dates. It is a small change, but the more purpose pupils feel their classroom work has the more they engage with it. Put simply, topical Maths activities such as the 20 FREE KS2 topical reasoning investigations found here are a great way to get pupils excited about getting back to the classroom.

Key Stage 2 Child Safety Week Maths activities

As such, at the start of the new half term try using this 'Child Safety Week', Maths activities.

The theme of this year’s Child Safety Week, which takes place from the 5th of June to the 11th, is “Safe children: sharing is caring. Adults across the UK (families, friends and communities) are being asked to show they care by playing their part in keeping children safe. The idea is to share our experience and knowledge about accidents and the really practical, simple things pupils can do to prevent them."

After all, we all have our part to play in sharing the responsibility to prevent accidents among children. Particularly as, for better or worse, teachers are on the frontline of pupils' physical and mental wellbeing. Which is why the opportunity to help prevent accidents - all while teaching Maths - is doubly important.

So with that in mind, here is a topical Maths investigation just like the 20 you can find in this NEW free KS2 Topical Maths resource, full of ideas you can pluck 'straight from the shelf' and teach to your class today.

Accident Arithmetic

 Get your pupils to answer these Child Safety Week KS2 Maths questions to kick-start learning in your lesson this week:Safety 2

  1. 30,000 children go to A&E every year with signs of poisoning. How many children is this each month?
  2. 130,000 children are injured in the garden every year. How many children is this each week?
  3. One million children aged 14 and under go to Accident and Emergency every year following an injury in the home. How many children is this each month? Round your answer to the nearest whole number.
  4. 39% of all children’s accidents in the home are from falling. How many children are injured in a fall each year?

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This post is number 6 in our new topical Maths investigation series for summer-term 2017 which links classroom KS2 Maths lessons and resources to calendar-based events. Follow the links below to each post:

  1. Share-a-Story Month activities
  2. Walk to School Week activities
  3. Election Maths
  4. FA Cup Maths activities
  5. Ramadan Maths activities
  6. Child Safety Week activities

And for more topical problem solving tasks linked to calendar-based events for Summer Term don't forget to download your free topical problem solving resource

Or follow the links here for our hugely popular spring-term topical Maths series:

  1. Heart Month Months activities
  2. Shrove Tuesday Maths activities
  3. World Book Day Maths activities
  4. International Women's Day Maths activities
  5. British Science Week Maths activities
  6. Holi Maths activities
  7. Red Nose Day Maths activities
  8. Easter/Lent Maths activities

To find out more about our 1-to-1 Maths specialist intervention for your KS2 pupils, visit out Year 6 SATs foundation page, and for more information on earlier years, see our Year 3, 4, & 5 catch up programme

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