## 19 Fun end of term maths activities – third space learning gas finder near me

Whether you’re a Year 6 teacher, looking to reward your pupils for their hard work in the last few weeks (we’re thinking a SATs well done), or a lower KS2 teacher, looking to build your pupils’ ability to collaborate and reason in Maths, now is the perfect time to bust out of the classroom and into the outdoors for your maths fun. Our pick of fun Maths activities for the end of term

(If on the other hand, it’s a British winter that’s greeting your end of term, we recommend you try these end of term fun Christmas activities , take a look at our roundup of some wellbeing fun ideas for you and your pupils at Christmas or set your pupils a fun but testing KS2 Christmas maths quiz.) 1. Stick numbers from 1 to 9

Though twigs aren’t perfectly straight, making right-angles can be great fun especially when children are challenged to build a 2D shape such as a house or a boat. Put children in a group and challenge them to make the biggest shape with 10 pieces of bamboo? Can they make a shape with 12 angles?

This one is a great follow up to the sticky activities and helps children discover the natural connection between Maths and art. Link your twig Maths work to sculptor Andy Goldsworthy by encouraging children to design and build their own Maths outdoor works of art.

Show examples of his work to inspire children. Get them to combine materials to make different shapes and collect stones, flowers and twigs to create a special environmental art sculpture. As an added bonus, photograph their creations and put them up around your classroom.

Next, ask them to measure various their own body parts and compare their findings with the items. For example, how many pebbles does it take to measure your arms? How many leaves does it take to measure your leg? Discuss why results may vary. 5. End of term Maths daisy data handling

Guesstimate the number of leaves on a deciduous tree. To work this out, children count the number of leaves on one twig, estimate the number of twigs on a branch and the number of branches, then multiply these numbers together to get a rough total. For example:

As an extension, why not conduct a survey of all the different types of trees in your area? You can record findings on a map with a key and then display the number of different types of tree on a bar chart. 11. End of term maths activity with matchsticks

Then you can challenge children to work out what the fifth and sixth shapes in the pattern would look like. Can they develop an expression to show the number of stones needed for the nth shape? Take a look at Transum’s matchstick patterns for more ideas on what to do. 13. Wishing well Maths investigation

Tell children that a frog has fallen down a wishing well that is 21m deep. The frog jumped 3m every 15 mins then has to rest (the frog slips down 1m each time it rests). If the frog started at 18:00 what time did it reach the top of the wishing well?

1. Take the goat to the other side. 2. Return, pick up the cabbage and take that to the other side. 3. Now pick up the goat again and take it back to where it started. 4. Unload the goat, and pick up the wolf. 5. Take the wolf to the other side where you unload it and leave it with the cabbage. 6. Go back for the goat. Job done! 16. Water fun maths investigation

Solution: fill the 5 litre container with water. Then pour 3 of the 5 litres of water into the 3 litre container leaving exactly 2 litres in the 5 litre container. Then pour these 2 litres into the bucket and then refill the five litre container and pour that into the bucket. 17. Outdoor trails full of maths

There is a ton of Maths learning potential in any school ground, so plan a Maths trail or treasure hunt. Grab a map and compass and plan a route for children to follow incorporating playground markings with fun Maths activities. Here are some examples of what you can include (with the topics they could cover):

Giving your pupils fun Maths activities at the end of term fun rewards them (and you) for the year’s hard work. It also leaves a good impression in children’s minds, so they are excited to return to more fun back to school Maths after the holidays.