It seems every primary school teacher in December is in need of Christmas activities, ideas and investigations, so we put our elves to work to find you the 10 best Christmas maths activities suitable for your KS2 pupils at this time of year. You won’t be surprised to hear that because this is a Third Space blog, our initial focus is around Maths. However, given the importance of wellbeing for children receiving our 1-to-1 Maths lessons we’ve also included a couple of brilliant wellbeing activities within this list too, not just for your pupils but for teachers as well!
So, in no particular order, take a look at our favourite KS2 Christmas Activities and Resources for Maths and Wellbeing.
1. Christmas Maths Challenge Activities And Christmas Maths Worksheets
The Mathematics Shed, run by Graham Andre, is a great place to find engaging and effective activities across KS1 and KS2 and the Seasonal Maths Shed has fabulous activities for every holiday.
The activities cover multiple strands of Maths and are easy to edit, depending on the needs of your pupils, with addition, subtraction, percentages and mental Maths being just a few of the topics covered. One of our favourite Christmas maths activities from the Seasonal Maths Shed is the Christmas hits through the decades worksheet. It’s always the right time for a bit of Wham right?
Link: The Mathematics Shed
2. #Teacher5aday Advent And Christmas Calendar
You may have already heard of the #teacher5aday movement which encourages teachers to take care of their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, and some of you may have even been involved with it over the last few years.
If you haven’t though, there is no better time to than 2018 to start and by simply visiting the website you can begin to enjoy the benefits this simple idea can bring.
Based on the same premise, back in 2017 a Well-Being Advent Calendar was created to give you ideas of simple ways you can look after yourself during the hectic festive period, and even though it is a year old we still love it!
The activity includes 24 days of well-being to make your December joyful. Each morning a new window is opened which you can find on the blog. Each activity is designed to offer you encouragement, support and useful advice to help you stay positive right through to Christmas Day.
3. Christmas 12 Joys Of Teaching 2018
Over the past few years Claire Lotriet has been sharing her 12 Joys of Teaching. Each day you’re encouraged to take part on Twitter and on Facebook and participate in the daily activity, focusing on gratitude and appreciation. This is a great lesson for teachers and pupils of any age, and it is an extremely simple Christmas maths activity that will encourage your class to think about all of the things they are grateful for.
Join in on Twitter using the hashtag #12JOT and let us know what you’re grateful for before 2018 comes to a close. You can easily get your class involved by asking them to reflect on what they’re appreciative of while encouraging them to reflect on the term. A massive thumbs up from us here at TSL.
Link: Claire Lotriet
Key Stage 2 Christmas Maths Quiz
20 Year 5 / Year 6 Maths questions for some festive fun, including answer guide to find out their curriculum topic gaps
4. 2018 Christmas Maths Primary Advent Calendar
You will either be preparing to, or will have already, tucked into your advent calendar by now (and maybe eaten a few days ahead), so why not use a Maths advent calendar with your pupils? Every year, Nrich prepares a primary maths advent calendar linked to 24 engaging activities to use in the run-up to Christmas.
Each Christmas maths activity encourages Mathematical habits of mind: being curious, being thoughtful, being collaborative and being determined.
Last year’s example was the colouring in scene you see above, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with this year.
The countdown until Christmas has become even more exciting with these fab activities from Nrich Maths.
Link: Nrich Maths
5. Christmas Maths Colouring Activities
There are so many KS2 Christmas Maths activities available on Emaths, it was difficult to choose just one! Our favourite has to be the 4 x Christmas Maths colouring activities that incorporate addition, subtraction and multiplication. Perfect for lower KS2 and struggling upper KS2 pupils, once completed, your pupils end up with a lovely, coloured image that’s perfect to take home to Mum and Dad.
Emaths feature other great activities in Powerpoint, Excel and SmartBoard to use in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re looking for a bunch of KS2 Maths Christmas activities, this is the place to head to.
6. Take Part In #DetoxDecemberHT
Between the mince pies and mulled wine, you may think December isn’t the ideal time to start a detox. But this isn’t your typical detox. The #DetoxDecemberHT is a Christmas activity all about providing you with strategies you can employ to ease the tension and minimise the stodge during this busy time.
If you’re looking for a bit of a healthy eating kick start, there are also great nutrition tips for all Headteachers too.
The blog post mentions that If we examine our lifestyles as a whole we can identify other means to bring a more positive tone to our lives at a challenging time of the school year. Sign us up!
Link: Healthy Teacher Toolkit
Twitter: @MattGovernor and Maria Alex
7. Christmas Maths Murder Mystery
Mr Barton Maths is probably already on your must read list, but the Maths Christmas Activities and Resources section is a particular lifesaver during this point in the year. The section includes top Maths Christmas resources from the TES Maths website (secondary as well as primary).
Our top pick from Mr Barton’s selection is the Christmas Maths murder mystery, guaranteed to be a crowdpleaser. Pupils are given a set of clue cards which define the task – of finding out who killed Santa – and give them all the necessary information to solve the mystery. This is a tricky but entertaining Christmas maths activity to encourage problem solving skills, and it is best suited to upper KS2.
Link: Mr Barton Maths
8. Putting On A Christmas show?
We couldn’t resist including this one, even if we’ve used it before…
Are you struggling whilst organising your school’s Christmas play? Mr P understands and his video shares all the struggles we’ve all experienced when putting on a show.
Remember that Christmas carol you loved before you agreed to organise your school’s nativity? Not anymore after rehearsing it for the upteenth time.
What about props falling midway through? You can handle a Christmas tree tumbling down as long as you’re prepared for it and have accepted it.
Be prepared for the technology to go wrong, half of your cast to be off sick and your Christmas play production to be one of your proudest moments this year.
If you like classroom laughs and learning about technology and you don’t already follow ICT with Mr P on Facebook you’re missing a trick.
Link: Mr P’s ICT Blog
9. Christmaths Website Of KS2 Christmas Maths Activities
Christmaths Competition website is a great resource to use with your Year 6 class. We love just how many activities there are to choose from, including A Cartoon Christmaths, The Breindeer Christmaths and our personal favourite, Christmaths Crackers.
If you’re on the hunt for exciting Maths tasks, this website is full of them – almost fuller than Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve! Thank you to the Twinkl KS2 Teaching Group on Facebook for this winner.
10. Third Space Learning Topical Christmas Maths Activities
And finally… If you’re still looking for more KS2 Christmas activities Third Space has several useful Christmas Maths resources available to you to use for free:
A free downloadable KS2 Christmas Maths Quiz and answer sheet based around KS2 SATs questions
5 more ready to go KS2 Christmas Maths lessons including some Christmas recipes and wrapping ideas.
A roundup of topical maths activities for every day of December and a bit more… suitable for Years 3 and 4 or Years 5 and 6, these KS2 Maths investigations are fantastic at incorporating reasoning and problem solving into every day of Maths. Download the free Festive Maths Pack here.
Liked this? Check out these 10 ridiculously fun Maths lessons to try with KS2 after SATs.
As usual, if you have specific pupils in mind who’d benefit from one-to-one Maths next term, there’s still just time to join the community of 700+ schools using our 1-to-1 Maths tuition, CPD suite and Maths Hub. But, with hundreds of schools already enrolled, spaces are tight!
Here’s to a very merry and relaxing Christmas for all of you from everyone at Third Space Learning!