It has been a long ride, but our topical, calendar-based Maths activities for the Spring Term are coming to an end with some Easter Maths activities for KS2 as the end of Lent draws near.

Don’t worry though as a Summer-term Topical Maths series is next up!. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday. This year that’s 1st March – 13th April. Since you probably won’t be with your class on Easter Day (or at least we hope, for everyone’s sake, you’re not!), here are some KS2 Maths activities to do in the last week of the Easter term as Lent is drawing to a close.

People who observe Lent – typically but not always Christians – make a promise or a commitment. The commitments people usually make involve some kind of self-improvement or giving up a luxury or bad habit; such as coffee, or unhealthy foods like pizza and chocolate. For Christians, Lent can also mean a time of fasting, which celebrates Jesus and his journey into the desert for 40 days. And Easter Eggs at Easter are the feast at the end of the fast!

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This Lent – give up giving up in Maths before Easter!

As always, our topical Maths post has a mathematical theme, and this Lent post for Easter is no exception. We also wanted to share an idea around commitment with you that one of our teacher colleagues used to adopt, with great success in Maths.

She’d use Lent as an opportunity to encourage children to ‘give up giving up on Maths’ for six weeks. The deal was that if they made an extra special effort to develop a positive attitude to Maths then at the end of the six weeks, they would all be rewarded (often, yes, with chocolates). It’s important to note that the focus of this kind of deal must be all around efford and mindset, not attainment in order for it to work.

You can emphasise the importance of perseverance, diligence and a growth mindset – you can even draw from the information on growth mindset featured in this blog post. Then, after all their hard work, you can reward them!

This means you’re emphasising important qualities such as tenacity and determination, putting them into practice, and then reinforcing this behaviour, all the while focused on improving confidence and learning around Maths. Plus making a deal with your class is a great way to engage them – and even create better relationships between you and your pupils.

So it’s worth thinking about this deal, and talking about this aspect to Lent with your pupils, whether they’re Year 6 or otherwise. And who knows, maybe it’s a deal you could make with your children for their Maths lessons for a few weeks this year or next?

Now let’s get the ball rolling with these KS2 Easter Maths activities for the end of Lent. Challenge your pupils to complete the activities below, and then reward them for doing so. If you model the give up giving up deal over one lesson you’ll soon show them how it’s done (but don’t forget to keep your end of the bargain too…)

Lent / Easter Maths Investigation 1 – Chocolate Shapes

Holly cannot eat any chocolates from her favourite selection box because she has given up chocolate for Lent. Instead of eating them, she decides to do an investigation. These are the shapes of the chocolates she has in her box (sides marked x are the same length) and each colour represents a different shape:

Choccielent

Using the picture above, answer these questions:

  1. How many different ways can you use the chocolates to make a rectangle?
  2. Can you make a rhombus?
  3. Can you make a parallelogram?
  4. Can you make a regular hexagon?
  5. How many different triangles can you make?

 

Lent / Easter Maths Investigation 2 – Coffee Calculations

Each day, Mr Jackson drinks 3 cups of instant coffee at home, and twice a week he buys coffee from his local coffee shop

  • A UK coffee shops sell coffee for £2.75 per cup.
  • A 200g jar of instant coffee costs £4.60.
  • 1.8g makes 1 cup of coffee.

Using the information above, read and answer the question below:

How much money save Mr Jackson save if he gives up coffee for Lent? Round amounts of money to the nearest penny.

We hope you enjoy our KS2 Easter Maths investigations for the close of Lent. Tweet us@thirdspacetweet and tell us how your give up giving up deal goes!

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.