Holi - the festival of colours (and numbers!): Topical Maths [6]

By David Leighton 

Bring purpose and context to Key Stage 2 Maths in your primary school with our Holi investigation; sixth in a series of blogs linking classroom KS2 Maths lessons and resources to topical, calendar-based events.

Next up on our topical blog posts is every messy child’s dream - Holi! The Hindu festival of love, or festival of colour represents a range of ideas: from the arrival of spring, the end of winter, forgiveness, friendship, to a thanksgiving for a good harvest.

For us here at Third Space Learning - and you the teacher - it also provides a chance to encourage diversity in your classroom, discuss the importance of Maths in religions and offers another opportunity to bring topical-calendar based Maths into the classroom in order to bridge the gap between Maths in school and Maths in the real world. 

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20 topical maths problems and investigations for June - July 2017

Holi-based topical Maths investigation - Creating Colour

Colour is all around us, but have you ever noticed how many shades of paint there are in a DIY store? Isn’t it cool to think that all the colours in the world are just a mix of the three primary colours?

Have a look at the colour chart below and answering the following questions:

Holi pic 2


  1. What do you notice about the colours on this chart?
  2. How do you think they were made?
  3. Create your own paint colour chart for your favourite colour. You can even name each shade if you are feeling creative. For each new colour you create, record the ratio and proportion of the colours you used to make it.

For example:

Holi pic 3

Tweet us at @thirdspacetweet and tell us how you incorporate Holi and Islamic Art into your Maths lessons?

Follow the links below for our topical Maths investigation series for summer-term 2017:

  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

This post is number 6 in the topical maths series. Follow the links below for the rest:

  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

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


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