Tes Maths: End-of-term activities

Craig Barton
02nd July 2018
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 activities, puzzles and quizzes

In last month’s post, we looked at projects, investigations and enrichment tasks. These are ideal if you've completed the scheme of work before the end of term, keeping students thinking hard but in a different context or lesson structure.

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 summer 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

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, pair of compasses and plain paper. Feedback welcomed.
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

How to make flexagons

Powerpoint presentations on how to make flexagons - from a trihexaflexagon (3 sides) thru to a nonahexaflexagon (9 sides)!

By stroevey

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

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

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!

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By aap03102


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 included two versions, one in PDF and the second an Excel file, whichever is your preference.

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

Mini Murder Mysteries

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 completed two in a 50 minute lesson. Credit to Su Barton!
By Rhiannon Wates


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!

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

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

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