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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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!