Tes Maths: End-of-term activities

End the year on a high with these fun games, challenges and quizzes for secondary maths classes

Craig Barton

Secondary, Maths, End-of-term Actvities, Quizzes, Mysteries, Relay Races

Hand-picked activities, puzzles and quizzes for the last few days of term

This collection is designed to help you in those final weeks of term when students are out of lessons for various rehearsals and trips, so you rarely have a full class. You want something that is fun, but has more pedagogical value than showing a DVD. Fear not! These activities, puzzles and quizzes will do the trick.

Have a happy, safe and well-deserved break.

Craig Barton, Tes Maths adviser

Creative activities

I am always blown away by students’ efforts on these sorts of task. And at the end of it, you might even have something you can put on display at an open evening.

Drawing Mazes and Labyrinths
complex_number

Drawing Mazes and Labyrinths

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Instructions to guide students through drawing their own branching mazes and labyrinths. Labyrinths provide good practice for compass construction skills. For branching mazes you will need: pencil, ruler, a good eraser, and squared paper (7mm is best). For labyrinths you will need: pencil, ruler, ...
Curves of Pursuit
complex_number

Curves of Pursuit

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Powerpoint demonstrating how to construct beautiful 'curves of pursuit&'. Encourage students to construct their starting polygons using compass and ruler, or alternatively, use the support templates provided. Makes lovely display work.
How to make flexagons
stroevey

How to make flexagons

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Powerpoint presentations on how to make flexagons - from a trihexaflexagon (3 sides) thru to a nonahexaflexagon (9 sides)!
Modern Art Maths FDP
complex_number

Modern Art Maths FDP

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A fractions, decimals, percentages conversion activity based around students creating their own works of modern art on a hundred grid. The idea was taken from the NCTM article 'Masterpieces to Mathematics&'. Print the grids onto different coloured paper (cut into four) so that students can...

Puzzles and mysteries

Maths lends itself so well to puzzles and although many students would be reluctant to admit it, most of them enjoy working on a well-designed puzzle and feeling the satisfaction of finally cracking it. 

Maths Group Challenges Puzzle Sheets
aap03102

Maths Group Challenges Puzzle Sheets

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These are ideal for keeping pupils busy for a period on problem-solving and number-crunching. The puzzles vary in difficulty so I let pupils do the questions on each sheet in any order- first team to get all correct wins! The answers are included so you really just have to print and go! Re...
CROSS NUMBERS PUZZLES
PUBLICSECONDARY

CROSS NUMBERS PUZZLES

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These puzzles are designed in the same way as a traditional crossword but using numbers instead of words. Each clue is a sum, and the result should be entered into the matching squares on the numbered grid. This file contains ten Cross Numbers puzzles together with a solution sheet. I have include...
Maths Murder Mystery 1
sessa1

Maths Murder Mystery 1

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A murder mystery activity with 32 suspects and five clues. Each clue eliminates half the suspects. Topics covered include: 2D shapes, angles, co-ordinates, Morse code and compass directions.
Mini Murder Mysteries
Rhiannon Wates

Mini Murder Mysteries

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My year 8's asked me on a friday period 5 for a problem solving lesson. They worked in groups of six or less solving these. They really enjoyed it and were racing each other to &'win&'; - a prize for the team who solved the most in the lesson. takes longer than expected, my winners com...

Quizzes

An end-of-term staple, the beauty of a quiz is that amidst the general knowledge rounds, you can throw in one or two maths rounds and the students rarely complain. 

Pointless Maths - bumper edition!
sessa1

Pointless Maths - bumper edition!

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A PowerPoint based on the BBC Pointless game. Topics covered include: angles, 2D shapes, 3D shapes, fractions, decimals, percentages, time, ratio & proportion, Roman numerals, factors, number sequences, algebra, rounding, data handling, area, perimeter, volume, symmetry, nets for 3D shapes, plac...
End of Term Quiz - Revision
amathsteacher

End of Term Quiz - Revision

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This is a great activity for revision of the terms' syllabus. This PowerPoint is suitable for teams of 4. There are five rounds of maths at KS3 level with answers at end of each round. Questions can be adapted.