Tes Maths: End-of-term activities

Craig Barton
03rd July 2017
Secondary, maths, end-of-term actvities, quizzes, mysteries, relay races

Embrace the carefree nature of summer in the last few weeks of term with these hand-picked quizzes, activities and games

Now that the exams are done and your reports have been submitted, the countdown to the summer break is officially on! And what better way to end the year than with a few fun lessons, designed to keep pupils learning right up until the final bell rings?

As always, a big thank you must go to the Tes Maths community, which is entirely responsible for this creative collection of mathematical challenges and games. I look forward to seeing even more innovative ideas in the new academic year. Happy holidays to you all!

Craig Barton, Tes Maths adviser

Quizzes and mysteries

Whole-class pub quizzes
Encourage healthy competition between pupils as they group together to answer quick-fire questions, complete memory challenges and solve dingbats as part of these multi-round quizzes.

Fun review quiz for KS3
Revise essential topics with a variety of questions and timed challenges spread over five rounds. The answers are even included, making awarding the winner that much easier.

Pointless-themed activity
Merge maths with a classic teatime game show to stimulate interesting discussions among your students using this interactive presentation, covering a number of key topics.

Maths murder mystery
Get pupils deciphering five clues to reveal a single culprit from 32 suspects in this murderous activity, which recaps knowledge of 2D shapes, angles and coordinates.


Large End of Term Fun Maths KS3 Pub Quiz

Picture rounds, quick fire maths questions, maths dingbats, codes, memory challenge and more. Designed for use with either a class or entire year group. 3 versions - 1 aimed at year 7-8 and the 2 aimed at year 9-11. Split group into teams of 4-5. At the end of each round students swap answers sheets and mark. Should last around 1 hour - modify as necessary!
(A couple of questions borrowed from Mr Kelly's Fun Maths Reward Quiz - and Chris Smith's Relay races. Check out these for some more excellent quizzes!) If you like my resources then please check out the The British International School Phuket website: http://www.ibmathsresources.com for maths articles, ideas for gifted and talented students, maths videos and even a school code breaking challenge.
By andrewchambers

End of Term Quiz - Revision

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.
By amathsteacher

Pointless Maths - bumper edition!

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, place value, co-ordinates, negative numbers, compass points and puzzles. It is very important and the notes for teachers are read as it tells you where to click when using this PowerPoint.
By sessa1

Maths Murder Mystery 1

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.
By sessa1

Games and art

Modern art maths
Practise converting fractions, decimals and percentages by encouraging pupils to create works of art using a classic 10x10 number grid as part of this well-structured activity.

Curves of pursuit slides
Promote an interest in geometry while recapping key compass and ruler skills in this fascinating lesson, which sees learners creating beautiful, display-worthy shapes.

Maths relay races
Pit pairs of students against each other to see who will be the first to complete a series of number puzzles, ideal for both KS3 and KS4 classes.

Ever-popular pirate game
This pirate-themed strategy game is a firm favourite in many classrooms. And now, why not maximise your time on the high seas using this handy game grid generator?


Modern Art Maths FDP

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 cut out the squares they require (a lot less time-consuming than doing it all yourself!) Alternatively students can colour in the grids with pencil crayons. There are two extension worksheets using 25 and 64 square grids. Please feedback if you use the resource, thanks! Finally, please note that the comment below about Gerhard Richter is incorrect. All the paintings featured are by Ellsworth Kelly and their titles are included in the notes on the first slide.

By complex_number

Curves of Pursuit

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.
By complex_number

Maths Relay Races (Problem-solving Puzzles)

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.


They're mainly number puzzles.Seasonal ones are perfect for keeping kids busy at the end of term.

I write a weekly Maths newsletter with other lesson ideas,useful websites,interesting Maths trivia-if you'd like a sample or to subscribe to get them for free by email contact me:aap03102@gmail.com
By aap03102

The Pirate Game (End of Term Activity)

This, is the Pirate Game! It is amazing! I 'play&' this with my classes at the end of each term. Feel free to message me for further details of the game if needed. I have tried to provide as much info in the guide on how the game works. I have adapted this from the one my mentor on my GTP used.
By paulcollins

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