Christmas Homework Year 6

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23 problems,  6 articles,  14 general resources,  4 Lists,  11 from Stage 1,  23 from Stage 2,  22 from Stage 3,  14 from Stage 4,  5 from Stage 5

Advent Calendar 2012 - Primary

Stage: 1 and 2

The 2012 primary advent calendar features twenty-four of our posters, one for each day in the run-up to Christmas.

Christmas Cut-out

Stage: 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 52 - 2017
Sue cuts some squares from a piece of paper to make a Christmas decoration. What is the perimeter of the resulting shape?

Christmas Chocolates

Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

How could Penny, Tom and Matthew work out how many chocolates there are in different sized boxes?

Christmas Boxes

Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

Find all the ways to cut out a 'net' of six squares that can be folded into a cube.

Christmas Trees

Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

Christmas trees are planted in a rectangular array of 10 rows and 12 columns. The farmer chooses the shortest tree in each of the columns... the tallest tree from each of the rows ... Which is. . . .

Christmas Shopping

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Vera is shopping at a market with these coins in her purse. Which things could she give exactly the right amount for?

Primary Advent Calendar 2013

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

All the activities in the 2013 advent calendar are based on the theme of planet earth.

Advent Calendar 2008

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.

Primary Advent Calendar 2010

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.

Advent Calendar 2010

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.

Advent Calendar 2007

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

NRICH December 2007 advent calendar - a new Sudoku for each day in the run-up to Christmas.

Advent Calendar 2015 - Primary

Stage: 1 and 2

This advent calendar contains twenty-four tasks for the run-up to Christmas, each one encouraging mathematical creativity.

Advent Calendar 2006

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.

Mathematical Modelling

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

Problems about mathematical modelling for use with Stage 3 and 4 students.

Advent Calendar 2009

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

A collection of our favourite pictorial problems, one for each day of Advent.

Advent Calendar 2016 - Primary

Stage: 1 and 2

Twenty-four tasks for the run-up to Christmas, each one encouraging you to develop mathematical 'habits of mind'.

Magic Squares for Special Occasions

Stage: 3 and 4

This article explains how to make your own magic square to mark a special occasion with the special date of your choice on the top line.

More Christmas Boxes

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

What size square should you cut out of each corner of a 10 x 10 grid to make the box that would hold the greatest number of cubes?


Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

From a group of any 4 students in a class of 30, each has exchanged Christmas cards with the other three. Show that some students have exchanged cards with all the other students in the class. How. . . .

Clever Santa

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

All the girls would like a puzzle each for Christmas and all the boys would like a book each. Solve the riddle to find out how many puzzles and books Santa left.

Elf Suits

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?

Investigating Twilgo

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

What can you create using 140 characters and our cool Twilgo environment?

Family Tree

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.

Rolling Triangle

Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.

Christmas Presents

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

We need to wrap up this cube-shaped present, remembering that we can have no overlaps. What shapes can you find to use?

Sums of Powers - A Festive Story

Stage: 3 and 4

A story for students about adding powers of integers - with a festive twist.

Making Maths: Kites and Darts

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.

On What Day Did it Happen?

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

Read this article to find out the mathematical method for working out what day of the week each particular date fell on back as far as 1700.

Sam Again

Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

Here is a collection of puzzles about Sam's shop sent in by club members. Perhaps you can make up more puzzles, find formulas or find general methods.

Who Is an Engineer? A Quick Perspective After One Year of a University Engineering Course

Stage: 5

Doug has just finished the first year of his undergraduate engineering course at Cambridge University. Here he gives his perspectives on engineering.

Developing Pattern Awareness with Young Children

Stage: Early years

This articles explores the importance of pattern awareness with young children.

Purposeful Paper Folding

Stage: 1 and 2

In this article for primary teachers, Fran describes her passion for paper folding as a springboard for mathematics.

Recommended Books

Here is a list of books recommended for young people who are interested in mathematics.

It seems every KS2 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 activities suitable for your KS2 pupils at this time of year.  Unsurprisingly, because it’s us, our initial focus is around Maths. And then, 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 too.

It’s important that you take the time to reflect on the really amazing work you do every day, and you’ve done this term, just by getting to the end of it!

In no particular order, have a read of 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. 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. Addition, subtraction, percentages and mental Maths are just a few of the topics covered.

Link: The Mathematics Shed

Twitter: @grahamandre

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. Based on the same premise, this year there’s a holiday version in the form of a Well-Being Advent Calendar that we love!

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 Twitter or 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.

Link: Wellbeing Advent Calendar

Twitter: @martynreah and #teacher5aday

3. Christmas 12 Joys of Teaching 2017

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. A great lesson for teachers and pupils of any age!

Join in on Twitter using the hashtag #12JOT and let us know what you’re grateful for before 2017 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.

Link: Claire Lotriet

Twitter: @OhLottie

Keep #mathsmusclesworking right up till Christmas with this Xmas Maths Quiz, including answer guide to find out curriculum topic gaps

4. 2017 Christmas Maths Primary Advent Calendar

You should have 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.

This year it’s a colouring in scene for primary. Just click on each window to reveal a new activity for the day. Topics include common factors, ratio, multiplication, division and area to name a few! Most activities can be done individually or in a group, with many activities featuring a take home option for pupils to complete with parents.

The countdown until Christmas has become even more exciting with these fab activities from Nrich Maths.

Link: Nrich Maths

Twitter: @nrichmaths

5. Christmas Maths colouring activities

There are so many KS2 Christmas Maths activities available with Emaths, it was difficult to choose! 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.

Link: Emaths

Twitter: @EmathsUK

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 your with strategies to 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 Head teachers 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 @IamMariaAlex

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. A really nice fun Christmas activity to encourage problem solving skills best suited to upper KS2.

Link: Mr Barton Maths

Twitter: @mrbartonmaths

8. Putting on a Christmas show?

We couldn’t resist including this one, even if it’s from last year. Struggling while you’re organising your school’s Christmas play? Mr P understands and his video shares all 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 technology and don’t already follow ICT with Mr P on Facebook you’re missing a trick.

Link: Mr P’s ICT Blog

Twitter: @ICT_MrP

9. Christmaths website of KS2 Christmas Maths Activities

Christmaths Competition website is a great resource to use  with your Year 6. 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.

Or check our favourite fun KS2 Maths activities in this blog: 19 Fun Maths activities to do in or out of the classroom.

As usual, if you have specific pupils in mind who’d benefiit from one-to-one Maths next term, there’s still just time to join the community of 500+ 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!

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