Tes Maths: Christmas collection

Engage secondary students right up until the last day of term with these Christmas-themed lesson and activity ideas

Craig Barton

Father Christmas Completing Secondary Maths Activities On A Classroom Whiteboard

A countdown of maths resources to see you through to the Christmas holidays

Yes, it is almost that time of year again! The holidays are in sight, and yet there is the small matter of the next few weeks to get through in one piece.

Students will no doubt be demanding fun lessons, sweets and movies (mine tend to begin the begging process around mid-September), but there is of course still plenty of learning that needs doing.

So this year I thought it would be useful to categorise the resources as you may need them. Have a great end of term, and a wonderful holiday when it arrives!

Craig Barton, Tes Maths advisor

Three weeks to go...

With three weeks left there are likely still plenty of topics you need to get through. So, here are four of the best topic-based resources that have a slight festive twist.

 

Christmas Shading Graphical Inequalities
frickard

Christmas Shading Graphical Inequalities

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Worksheet with two questions. First question makes a picture of a present (vertical/horizontal lines only), the second makes a tree (includes diagonal lines). Used for Year 9 but also suitable for GCSE. Answers included.
Solving Santa's Equations
alutwyche

Solving Santa's Equations

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Calculate how many presents there are in Santa's sacks of gifts for each journey. This involves two-step equations, brackets and an unknown on both sides. Festive equations - what more could you want?

Two weeks to go...

With two weeks left you might want to test what students have learned over the last term, and what they have retained from previous years. This selection of lovely Christmassy mixed-topic resources and activities will allow you to do just that.

 

Christmas Transformations
dave789

Christmas Transformations

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Here is another set of transformation pictures that will create a lovely Christmas scene. There is a reindeer and Christmas tree which only require multiple translations to create, the other snow man and reindeer involve a mixture of rotations, reflections and translations. All the worksheets a...
Free 10ticks maths Christmas Activity Pack 2018
10ticksUK

Free 10ticks maths Christmas Activity Pack 2018

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With the Christmas holidays just around the corner, the 10ticks maths Christmas Worksheet Activity Pack has resources that are perfect for end of year lessons. Your students will love the worksheets, which feature lots of fun games, puzzles and activities. The full 10ticks Christmas Activity Pa...
What Was The Question? Christmas Theme
alutwyche

What Was The Question? Christmas Theme

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The students are given the answer and asked to fill in the gaps in the question. Topics used involve probability, equations, simultaneous equations, fractions, percentages, ratio, speed, distance, time and many others. Some of the questions allow for multiple answers so discussion could be had. Desi...

One week to go... 

With one week left it might be time to try something a bit different, but that still contains top-quality mathematical content. Here are a selection of lessons and activities that could do the trick.

 

Maths Relay Races (Problem-solving Puzzles)
aap03102

Maths Relay Races (Problem-solving Puzzles)

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My classes love these: -I get relays printed in sets+laminated. -Pupils work in pairs,run out to my desk,get Q1,attempt to solve it+use a whiteboard pen to write the answer on the card. -They bring the answer to me.If it's right, they get Q2. If not I might give them another shot. ...
Who Killed Santa?
chuckieirish

Who Killed Santa?

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A Christmas murder mystery always keeps people alert after the Christmas pudding, so at the risk of being a bit early here is a murder mystery for the classroom which is perfect for the end of term. Pupils are given a set of clue cards which define the task of finding out who killed Santa ...
Construct-a-snowflake
complex_number

Construct-a-snowflake

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Instructions to show students how to create their own snowflakes, using basic construction skills and reflective symmetry. Great for Christmas display work. Feedback welcomed. Merry Christmas!

The final lesson!

You have made it! Even the most determined amongst us will likely find it hard to teach the basics of factorising quadratic equations on the last day. So, if you are looking for something fun and engaging, these four festive beauties might just do the trick.

The Pirate Game (Christmas Themed)
mercbenzon

The Pirate Game (Christmas Themed)

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I have used the resource shared by 'paulcollins' and adapted it slightly. Changed some of the questions and made it Christmas themed so its more appropriate for this time of year. Also includes a special appearance by the fearsome Blackbeard and terrifying Kraken! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Resources of the Week

Celebrate the very best of what Tes has to offer with December’s hand-picked selection of Maths Resources of the Week.

Pirate Game Grid Generator 2.0
Andy Gell

Pirate Game Grid Generator 2.0

(5)
You asked for it and Dr Kirkwood has delivered. Now generates as many random grids as you need. Just sent your values and it's done with a single click. The end of term maths lesson has never been easier.
Right-Angle Triangle Pile Up
DRoseMaths

Right-Angle Triangle Pile Up

(14)
Pythagoras/Trigonometry pile up. All answers are whole numbers to help learners be confident as they progress. For extra challenge the pile up can be completed without a calculator. Answers included on page 2 so print one sided if you do not wish to share answers.
Speed-Time Graphs Spiders
alutwyche

Speed-Time Graphs Spiders

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Three "spiders" containing increasingly difficult questions moving from just reading the graph through calculating distance travelled to calculating acceleration.