Stay safe with our Child Safety Week Maths activities!

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.

Looking for more topical Maths investigations? Download 20 more fun, printable activities to try with your KS2 class

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KS2 Topical Maths Problems for Spring Term 2017

20 Maths investigations linked to calendar dates, designed to develop reasoning and problem solving in your pupils

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?

Check out 20+ more fun topical Maths investigations KS2 in our blog: 5 Ways to Use Topical Maths to Improve Problem Solving and Reasoning.

David Leighton , Content Team , Third Space Learning

A former secondary teacher, David keeps a weather eye on the educational horizon. He's responsible for making sure our blog posts and Maths resources reach teachers far & wide.