Christmas Maths lessons for KS2 can be fun to run but difficult to plan, so let us help you enjoy Christmas with your class with these 5 Yuletastic lesson ideas!
Judging by the glitter and tinsel at school, nativities, pantomimes and school trips seem to be our main focus at this time of year but that doesn’t mean that maths should stop. The trick is that as teachers we just need to make it as fun and engaging as the other distractions that take place at this time of year!
So, the teachers here at Third Space Learning have put their heads together and made things a little easier for you by listing our five favourite KS2 Christmas Maths lessons that we turn to in this hectic period.
They’re all quick to implement and can be incorporated within whatever else you’re teaching that day just for a bit of Christmas Maths fun, so all that’s left to do is sit back, relax and pick your favourite lesson from the list!
KS2 Christmas Maths Lesson Idea 1: Christmas Maths Recipes
What would Christmas be like without all the food we enjoy altogether around this time? Mince pies, Christmas pudding, Yorkshire puddings (and of course, the humble Brussels Sprout…).
So why not use the abundance of food on offer at this time of year and get your kids researching and creating recipes for their favourite Christmas foods. This can be linked to ratio and proportion, fractions and converting between different units, or whatever else you’d like to use it for! This is a simple Christmas maths lesson, but it is one that always goes down extremely well with pupils.
Give your pupils this recipe and ask them to re-write this recipe for 8 people, then for 4 people, then 2 people… See if they can then find a link between the numbers.
Mince pie recipe
This recipe makes 16 mince pies
- 1 jar of mincemeat
- 2 satsumas
- 400g plain flour
- 260g butter
- 120g caster sugar
- 1 egg
KS2 Christmas Maths Lesson Idea 2: Christmas Calculations Shopping List
Get your pupils to write a letter to Father Christmas explaining what presents they would like to receive for Christmas (maybe a less more benevolent task could involve writing a list for a family member, a friend or family pet).
Once they’ve written a list, they can decide prices for their items, either by taking a look at Amazon or similar website or by making them up, and calculate the total cost of their list.
To extend this activity:
Find the modal, median and mean price of their presents or discuss the appropriateness of their prices with a partner.
KS2 Christmas Maths Lesson Idea 3: Christmas Classroom Fayre
Use role play as a tool for getting your pupils to understand the maths of money better and apply it to a real life situation, which in this case is deciding that you are going to run a Christmas classroom fayre!
Some pupils can take on the role of stall managers and some can be customers. The stall managers can create posters with prices of their products on and the customers can set themselves a budget for their Christmas shopping list before the Christmas fayre begins.
To adapt this lesson:
Take your pupils back in history and instead of money, replace their currency with goats, sheep or cows to add an extra layer of difficulty to the maths problems.
For a challenge, give the stall managers a different currency to work with and provide the pupils with a conversion rate (to make it easy, you could use $2= £1) to buy/sell goods with.
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KS2 Christmas Maths Lesson Idea 4: Wrapping Paper Christmas Maths Nets
Ask your pupils to carry out a range of investigations using nets and wrapping paper. They could wrap up different objects and compare their nets, they could design different nets for the same object or they could be given an A3 sheet of paper and could have a competition to be as efficient as possible in order to wrap particular objects.
The nrich website, a great source of inspiration for Maths teachers everywhere, has some great suggestions for the approaches you can take with this Maths wrapping activity.
Link this activity to religious education by investigating the reason behind giving and receiving presents at Christmas or to geography by discussing the environment and recycling.
KS2 Christmas Maths Lesson Idea 5: Symmetry With Snowflakes And Christmas Baubles
All kids love making snowflakes. Folding the paper, cutting the paper, seeing their designs hung up on the window… This is one Christmas maths lesson that will be popular no matter the year group!
How about making this activity more challenging by ensuring maths is involved? Your pupils could be challenged to ensure there are four lines of symmetry or have to find the symmetry in their designs once they have created their snowflakes.
A similar idea can be to provide your pupils with outlines of different shaped baubles and to then get them to create symmetrical Christmas designs for their baubles. You could also ensure they use rotational symmetry for an additional challenge.
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