Get our new KS2 resource for holiday Maths activities – a free time saver full of Key Stage 2 Maths investigations for pupils going into Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. Perfect for your KS2 summer holiday homework.

As any teacher who has sat through a parents evening will know, one of the best questions you can be asked by a parent is “what can I do to help them at home?”. Parental involvement has been shown to have a significant effect on educational achievement and this is especially true in Maths.

Defeat summer brain drain with our KS2 Holiday Maths Pack

Holiday Homework free

KS2 Don't Forget Your Maths Challenges

A fun, printable set of 80 KS2 Maths challenges & investigations for Year 3, 4, 5, 6 to complete over the holidays

Holiday Maths at KS2 to prevent the summer brain drain

However, when it comes to maths, it can be harder for parents and carers to know how to explore the subject, develop key skills and engage their children. As the summer holidays loom ahead we are all aware of the risk of summer drain and in primary maths the effects can be significant.

This year you can do something about it. We’ve created not just one but four different packs of Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 summer holiday maths activities. You can download individual homework packs here:

Year 3 Holiday Maths Pack
Year 4 Holiday Maths Pack 
Year 5 Holiday Maths Pack
Year 6 Holiday Maths Pack 

Alternatively if you’re a KS2 lead or SLT, you’ll probably want the entire set: the Don’t Forget Your Maths Pack of KS2 Holiday Maths Challenges


If you’re concerned that some of your pupils are too far behind to even access these holiday homework packs then you may be considering an intervention. Third Space Learning’s 1-to-1 programme of weekly maths tuition is affordable and very effective. Children make up to 7 months progress in 14 weeks. Find out more here.

How to use the summer Holiday Maths Activities

Each homework pack of activities has been designed for families to be able to do together over the summer holidays. There are 20 KS2 holiday maths challenges in each pack, some of which have associated holiday maths worksheets suitable for Years 3, 4, 5 or 6.

We’re recommending children tackle at least 10 of these maths investigations over the 6-8 weeks. Some of the holiday maths activities they can do alone, some involve a sibling, parent, carer or other partner to help them complete the challenge.

Children about to enter KS2 for the first time may need more help but it’s a good opportunity for carers and children to set expectations together of how they’re going to adjust to the Year 3 maths curriculum.

You could also of course recommend pupils follow a weekly holiday maths homework programme where they aim to do one or two holiday maths challenges every week. Regularity and routine is key to keeping children’s enthusiasm for this kind of additional maths activity.

Curriculum focused KS2 holiday maths packs

Each of the summer holiday maths homework activities has been developed to cover the full range of curriculum content your child will have learnt in the preceeding year. 

– the Year 3 Holiday Maths Pack practises the skills and knowledge from Year 2 maths curriculum

– the Year 4 Holiday Maths Pack practises the skills and knowledge from Year 3

– the Year 5 Holiday Maths Pack practises the skills and knowledge from Year 4

– the Year 6 Holiday Maths Pack practises the skills and knowledge from Year 5. 

There are holiday maths challenges on every KS2 maths topic from place value, times tables and measurement to shapes, angles. And all have been designed to be fun and enjoyable family maths activities to do together. There’s even a spot of code breaking!

Don’t forget to download these KS2 holiday maths packs and hand them out at school before you break for the summer! Not long now!.

Lots more summer holiday maths investigations are available here or check out 20+ fun topical problem solving and reasoning Maths investigations at KS2

Tushar Ilwahdi , Schools Team , Third Space Learning

Tushar grew up in London & taught for over three years before becoming a Numeracy Coordinator. He works at Third Space to help our pupils become great mathematicians.