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This sheet of 12 Christmas challenges is the perfect way to keep children in Years 3-6 (ages 8-11) creatively occupied at home during the Christmas holidays - with plenty of learning opportunities along the way! These challenges could be set as homework task to encourage pupils to be creative and explore the world around them.
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A variety of fun themed cross-curricular KS2 Christmas resources and activities for children in years 2 to 6.
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Year 6 Early Morning Work – Winter
This Winter-themed Early Morning Work resource contains a range of short, focused questions covering a variety of different areas, such as maths, grammar, spelling, reading, geography, MFL and general knowledge, as well as an extension task.
Year 5 Early Morning Work – Winter
Year 4 Early Morning Work – Christmas
This Christmas-themed Early Morning Work resource contains a range of short, focused questions covering a variety of different areas, such as maths, grammar, spelling, reading, geography, MFL and general knowledge, as well as an extension task.
Year 5 Early Morning Work – Christmas
Year 2 Early Morning Work – Christmas
Year 3 Early Morning Work – Christmas
Year 6 Early Morning Work – Christmas
Year 4 Reading Skills – The Odyssey: A Long Way Home
This Year 4 Reading Skills - The Odyssey: A Long Way Home resource contains a poem recalling the life of Odysseus and his attempts to return home, along with a range of questions covering each content domain and questions for more in-depth written answer practice.
Year 4 Reading Skills – Time Crime
This Year 4 Reading Skills - Time Crime resource contains a newspaper article about the capture of a criminal who uses time-travel to steal from the Anglo-Saxons, Tudors and the year 2022 along with a range of questions covering each content domain and questions for more in-depth written answer practice.
Year 4 Midnight Visitor Christmas Poem
This Year 4 Midnight Visitor Christmas Poem resource contains a PowerPoint including an animated poem about an eventful Christmas Eve night for Monty the dog along with a number of reading comprehension questions throughout the poem.
Year 3 Knock, Knock! Christmas Poem
This Year 3 Knock, Knock! Christmas Poem resource contains a PowerPoint including an animated poem retelling the amazing story of the nativity along with a number of reading comprehension questions throughout the poem.
Year 6 Reading Skills – Light
This Year 6 Reading Skills - Light resource contains a poem retelling the amazing events on the night of Jesus's birth along with a range of questions covering each content domain and questions for more in-depth written answer practice.
Year 6 Reading Skills – The Naughty List
Year 6 Reading Skills - The Naughty List resource contains a Christmas story about mishaps, accidents and an unhappy Santa; with a range of questions covering each content domain and questions for more in-depth written answer practice.
Year 5 Reading Skills – Through Each Window
This Year 5 Reading Skills - Through Each Window resource contains a poem about the adventures of Midge the cat as he looks in on his neighbours at Christmas.
Year 4 Reading Skills – The Midnight Visitor
This Year 4 Reading Skills - The Midnight Visitor resource contains a poem about an eventful Christmas Eve night for Monty the dog along with a range of questions covering each content domain and questions for more in-depth written answer practice.
Year 3 Reading Skills – Knock, knock!
This Year 3 Reading Skills - Knock, knock! resource contains a poem retelling the amazing story of the nativity along with a range of questions covering each content domain and questions for more in-depth written answer practice.
Year 6 Christmas Top Trumps
This Year 6 Christmas Top Trumps been designed around teaching children a range of activities linked to the festive period.
Year 5 Christmas Top Trumps
This Year 5 Christmas Top Trumps been designed around teaching children a range of activities linked to the festive period.
Year 4 Christmas Top Trumps
This Year 4 Christmas Top Trumps been designed around teaching children a range of activities linked to the festive period.
Year 3 Christmas Top Trumps
This Year 3 Christmas Top Trumps been designed around teaching children a range of activities linked to the festive period.
KS2 Help Santa Save Christmas! Maths
This KS2 Help Santa Save Christmas! Maths Activity that covers a broad range of mathematical objectives from across the Autumn blocks in Key Stage 2. For pupils to complete during the festive period.
LKS2 Christmas Calculations Challenge
Year 3 and Year 4 Christmas Calculations Challenge Activity been designed around problem solving using fun Christmas symbols on a multiplication grid and equations.
Year 4 Christmas Maths PowerPoint Tinsel Squad Story
Year 4 Christmas Maths PowerPoint is a fun maths story based around helping the elves save Christmas with addition, subtraction and problem solving.
KS2 Christmas Times Tables Snow Throw Game
KS2 Christmas Times Tables Snow Throw Game designed to be played in pairs, based on the classic ‘Battleships’ game, to try and hit the opponent's Christmas stocking fillers using a multiplication table with a twist.
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We think the school Christmas holidays should be a time for reflection, relaxation and ridiculously fun activities — for teachers and children alike! With this in mind, we’ve created an alternative list of homework activities for teachers to set their class. It’s the perfect balance of super-fun activities, memory-making tasks and educational skills. Below you'll find a printable sheet with 15 festive, free, fun activities to send home with your class to help them channel that festive excitement into some meaningful and enjoyable missions.
They can choose their favourites to do or complete them all if they wish!
Here are 16 fun, free festive homework ideas for the Christmas holidays:
- Write a letter to Santa’s elves, it’s usually Santa that gets all the post!
- Can you design a Christmas card and send it to your favourite person?
- Make a festive decoration for around the house or to hang on the tree.
- Create a homemade gift and give it to a friend or family member.
- Make a list of things you really want to learn or achieve in the New Year. Remember to write a note to yourself and pack it away with the decorations for you to be reminded of next year.
- Have a dance party in the living room to your favourite festive songs.
- Can you find out about Christmas in another country? How does it differ from Christmas in yours?
- Can you make a Christmas tree out of something different? Lego, plasticine, the choice is yours!
- Can you write your own Christmas song or rap, and perform it to your family?
- Have a meal with your family and talk about your favourite memories of this year and the best things that happened to you.
- If you’re lucky enough to receive Christmas presents, write thank you notes and send them. Can you include something you loved about the gift?
- Birds can get very hungry at this time of year. Can you make a festive bird feeder out of a milk carton, box or bottle and hang it outside?
- Can you make a snow globe out of an empty container? What will you put inside?
- Have a festive movie night, get cosy and tune into a Christmas classic.
- Can you help to bake some Christmas cookies? Or a Christmas cake?
And of course, the most essential thing to do is… Have lots of festive FUN!
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Top 10 Primary Christmas Maths Activities For KS2 Classrooms
It’s the time of year for Christmas maths activities! We’ve put our elves to work to find you the 10 best Christmas maths activities suitable for your KS2 pupils. Countdown the days of Christmas with these maths resources.
1. Christmas Maths Challenge Activities And Christmas Maths Worksheets
2. youngminds wellbeing advent calendar, 3. festive maths problems pack, 4. third space learning’s christmas maths activities, 5. christmas maths primary advent calendar, 6. christmas maths colouring activities, 7. every mind matters self-care tool, 8. christmas maths murder mystery, 9. putting on a christmas show, 10. christmaths website of ks2 christmas maths activities.
You won’t be surprised to hear that because this is a Third Space blog, our initial focus is around maths. However, 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 as well!
So, in no particular order, take a look at our favourite key stage 2 Christmas activities and resources, guaranteed to give your children some fun maths lessons in the days before the holidays!
The Mathematics Shed, run by Graham Andre, is a great place to find engaging and effective activities across KS1 and KS2 and the Seasonal Maths Shed has fabulous activities to build numeracy for every holiday.
The activities cover multiple strands of maths and are easy to edit, depending on the needs of your pupils, with addition, subtraction, percentages and mental maths being just a few of the topics covered. Each is festive-themed, featuring Christmas presents, snowmen, and snowflakes.
One of our favourite fun Christmas maths activities from the Seasonal Maths Shed is the Xmas Hits Through the Decades worksheet. It’s always the right time for a bit of Wham right?
Link: The Mathematics Shed
The lead up to the Christmas holidays can be a very exciting but also exhausting time. It is often easy at this time to get caught up in the busy atmosphere and forget to take care of the children’s and your wellbeing.
YoungMinds have created a wellbeing advent calendar to encourage you and your class to take some time out and enjoy the spirit of the season. With past activities ranging from sharing jokes to taking a moment to focus on breathing, there is inspiration for every class.
Link: YoungMinds Wellbeing Advent Calendar
Key Stage 2 Christmas Maths Quiz
20 Year 5 / Year 6 Maths questions for some festive fun, including answer guide to find out their curriculum topic gaps
Even in the last few weeks of the term, you’ll need to keep your pupils learning. But as Christmas approaches your children’s work ethic might start to flag, and it might be tempting to give into the festive spirit.
Luckily, Third Space’s Festive Maths Pack lets you bring the Christmas spirit into the classroom without compromising on learning. This free printable download contains 21 reasoning and word problem-solving activities with a festive bent for you to use with your class.
The activities cover a wide range of topics, making them perfect for some surreptitious revision and consolidation of learning!
They’re designed for upper KS2 – years 5 and 6 – but some of the Christmas maths activities can be easily adapted for years 3 and 4.
Downloadable free resource: Third Space Festive Maths Pack
And there’s more from Third Space… all available to you for free:
- a free Christmas maths quiz ,
- some Christmas maths lessons suitable for Year 2 to Year 6
- daily maths questions , some with a wintery and Christmas theme on our maths hub.
Try them out and let us know what you think.
Looking for more fun maths activities ? Here are 19 fun end of term maths activities, some great back to school maths activities and our favourite fun maths lessons . If you want to send your pupils home with something to do in the holidays they won’t run out of ideas with these fun maths games for kids to do at home.
You will either be preparing to, or will have already, 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. These activities include Christmas co oridinates and colour by numbers.
The countdown until Christmas has become even more exciting with these fab activities from Nrich Maths.
Link: Nrich Maths
There are so many KS2 Christmas Maths activities available on Emaths, it was difficult to choose just one! Our favourite has to be the 4 x Christmas Maths colouring activities that incorporate addition, subtraction and multiplication. Perfect for struggling lower KS2 pupils, once completed, your pupils end up with a lovely, coloured image that’s perfect to take home to Mum and Dad. Take a look at our Christmas Maths Calculation Colouring Worksheet.
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.
Teachers are well renowned for their selfless and caring attitudes but they sometimes forget the importance of their own mental health. We know self-care is always important but as Christmas can be a stressful time for many reasons, now might be a good time to reflect on how you are feeling and what you can do for your own wellbeing.
This tool from Public Health England asks you to complete a short quiz about your wellbeing before suggesting 6 self-care ideas that you could put into action. Make sure to take time for yourself in the lead up to Christmas and during the holidays.
Link: Every Mind Matters self-care tool
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. This is a tricky but entertaining Christmas maths activity to encourage problem solving skills, and it is best suited to upper KS2.
Link: Mr Barton Maths
We couldn’t resist including this one, even if we’ve used it before…
Whether you’re taking the DfE’s advice to ‘hold a live nativity performance’ or not, you’ll find something to laugh at (and cry at after the year we’ve had!) here.
Mr P understands and his video shares the 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 thousandth 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 about technology and you don’t already follow ICT with Mr P on Facebook you’re missing a trick.
Link: Mr P’s ICT Blog
Christmaths Competition website is a great resource to use with your Year 6 class. We love just how many activities there are to choose from, including A Cartoon Christmaths, The Breindeer Christmaths and our personal favourite, Christmaths Crackers. These activites include fun ways to practice maths skills like sequencing, times tables practice demicals, counting activities, and code breakers.
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.
Link: The Christmaths Competiton
Here’s to a very relaxing and merry Christmas for all of you from everyone at Third Space Learning!
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We know how busy schools can be around Christmas, which is why we've made these time-saving Christmas primary resources and lesson planning packs. They're ideal for busy KS1 and KS2 teachers nearing the end of the Autumn term!
Why do Christians give gifts at Christmas?
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Multiplying and Dividing
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Here are some curriculum linked activities for all primary ages which will engage and excite children as Christmas approaches and heads are filled with nativity plays, Santa and presents.
Including interesting demonstrations to promote discussion, problem solving activities to plan a Christmas party, a survey on holly leaves and designing and making party hats and moving cards.
Festive Board Game
Quality Assured Category: Mathematics Publisher: Early Learning HQ
This Christmas themed game suitable for early years encourages basic counting skills in an engaging way. Players race to the presents along an icy path, following instructions as they land on various squares.
Quality Assured Collection Category: Science Publisher: National STEM Learning Centre and Network
Make tinsel fly, liquidise jelly and watch a candle flame jump like magic. These short demonstrations can be used to promote interest and discussion around science concepts and to get children thinking.
Magic melting ice cubes could add a seasonal theme when looking at thermal insulators and conductors.
Christmas party planning
Quality Assured Category: Mathematics Publisher: mathsticks
This topical maths activity could be adapted for planning the class christmas party or used as it is as a fun way of practical problem solving.Children look at different criteria to plan a christmas event. It has many links to other curriculum areas so could become the focus of a project carried out over a day.
If you like this resource try the others in the collection.
Quality Assured Category: Science Publisher: Primary Upd8
If you're learning about electrical circuits then this activity puts it into a Christmas context. Children use dice to select several components of electrical circuits from an ‘advent calendar’ showing 24 electrical symbols. They then predict whether their circuit will work and explain their reasoning.
12 Days of Christmas
An investigational maths activity which looks at the carol 'The 12 Days of Christmas'
Holly Leaves - Themes and Variations
Quality Assured Category: Science Publisher: Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS)
What could be more festive than holly leaves? Designed for use outdoors or collect holly samples to adapt the activity for indoor use. Provides questions about holly leaves which help children investigate variation in the leaves. Investigations include:
How many prickles on a holly leaf?
Do only female holly trees have berries?
Are leaves left and right handed?
Shape Activities for Students Aged 3-5
Quality Assured Category: Mathematics Publisher: BEAM Education
A range of photocopiable worksheets from BEAM. Including the following Christmas activities:
Follow instructions to draw different coloured shapes on a christmas tree
Complete pattens on a christmas present
Could be extended into a traditional christmas card making activity.
Unit 1A: Moving Pictures and Science 1D: Light and Dark
Quality Assured Category: Design and technology Publisher: Nuffield Foundation
Children design and make a collage on the theme of Christmas, and then to incorporate a simple moving part. A good way of incorporating Christmas into D&T which allows children to practise, designing, choosing materials, cutting and sticking. The collage can be used to get children to think about light, dark and shadows as well as stimulate creative story telling.
Will your party hat be funny or fantastic?
Quality Assured Category: Design skills Publisher: Nuffield Foundation
Listed as a lower KS2 resource this activity could be adapted across the primary range. Design and make a party hat on a Christmas theme to be worn on Christmas day or at a class party.
Could also be used by classes to make head dresses for the nativity play e.g. donkey, sheep, cows, kings
SATIS 8-14: Green Box Book 8
Quality Assured Category: Design and technology Publisher: Association for Science Education (ASE)
An older resource with some great ideas! Pages30-40 have science challenges put into a Christmas context. They include:
Find out which child wrote which letter to santa by using chromatography.
Identify already wrapped presents with missing labels by thinking about the properties of materials.
Test the strength and durability of wrapping paper
Make santa's nose flash- it could also be rudolphs if you're feeling creative.
Maths Activity in the Early Years - Topic Booklets
Quality Assured Category: Mathematics Publisher: Eigen Publications
Make christmas cards and help develop measuring, folding and cutting skills. These activities also improve children's ability to follow instructions. Younger children will need help making the fold out cards. This activity is suitable for children in KS2 as well, as it reinforce following instructions.
Shape Activity in the Classroom - Books 8 to 14
A KS2 activity where children produce christmas tangrams of candles, angels, nativity scenes. Would make a very colourful display. This activity is in Book 9.
Sigma Science Christmas Booklets
Quality Assured Category: Science Publisher: Sigma Science
These two seasonally themed booklets support many aspects of science for primary learners. The activity sheets could form the basis of practical work in class or be used to revise various topics.
Quality Assured Category: Computing Publisher: UK STEM
An ideal plan for a Christmas themed coding lesson! This plan involves a Christmas tree that has sparkles lighting up as the baubles, but it is also possible to use other Christmas-related ideas (for example Christmas cards) that have the same code.
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Fun activities -Enjoy xx
More Activities - Maths and English based ( different levels, you can choose which ones you would like to do - some may want a nice Christmas Challenge.)
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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