Holiday Maths activities, your planning sorted: 3 holiday themed KS2 Maths investigations

By David Leighton 

Planning a holiday Maths activity made easy! Summer holiday Maths investigations as worksheets, plus a free Maths pack resource to give to KS2 over the summer.

The end of the term is almost upon us! But, before you don your sunscreen and shades, there’s planning for Maths tasks to be done. Unless you want to face the dreaded summer brain drain in September.

Yet, getting pupils to do Maths work over the holidays is probably the last hurdle of term, bar the school production!

As part of our series of topical Maths investigations, turning calendar dates into fun activities for Key Stage 2 around the country, we’ve created some topical activities with a summer twist.

Take a look at these key stage 2 pupils being #mathstronauts Red Nose Day with Maths tasks from our blog ‘Give Maths a Red Nose and get set for #RND2017':

For our topical activity for the summer, we’re thinking ice cream, theme parks, and beaches - with a dash of reasoning & problem solving thrown into the mix. Plus, as an added bonus, these investigations will cut your planning time down to printing and marking.

These activities are easily printable, so pupils can take them home to complete over the holidays. However, they can also be part of your plan for a holiday Maths lesson too. Find them below and try them out:

Holiday themed Maths activity 1

Ice cream is always a popular treat in the holidays. Though we all know they are delicious, who knew they could be used as part of a holiday Maths investigation?

Try this one out with your pupils, or download the free printable worksheet here and give it to them to try over the summer holidays:

Pick an ice cream! The only catch is, you can have 3 different flavours of ice cream on your cone. So which 3 flavours would you choose?Holiday maths 2

Now work out: how many different combinations could you have with those 3 flavours?

What did you come up with?


Holiday themed Maths activity 2

Over the summer holidays, the seaside is the place to go! Make sure to take a bucket and spade, and this holiday Maths activity! 

You can download this Maths investigation as a printable worksheet to send home with pupils over the holidays. But, as always, it’s also great for completing in the classroom.

Work out the missing total in the logic puzzle below:

Holiday maths topical activity 2

Free Download:

Holiday Maths Pack

Printable holiday Maths activities for KS2, incl. national curriculum topics


Holiday themed Maths activity 3

Another holiday must, the theme park! Raucous, exciting, and sometimes scary - perfect for an exciting holiday Maths activity.

You can send pupils home with a printable version of this problem and some squared paper, or bring a theme park theme into classroom Maths investigations:

Your team has £600,000 to build your very own theme park! Your theme park must have rides, a car park, toilets, cafes, shops and paths.

Design your theme park on squared paper using the following information:

Holiday maths topical activity 3

All of these activities (plus 17 more) can be downloaded through our Summer-term KS2 Topical Maths Activities Resource and our Holiday Maths Pack can be downloaded here. We hope your have pupils fun with them! If you use them in the classroom, tweet us at @thirdspacetweet and tell us how you get on!

If you're looking for Maths specialist support in your primary school, we're offering a free trial of our 1-to-1 Maths tuition for your pupils. They'll work online with their own Maths specialist tutor on a lesson selected by the class teacher. We think your pupils will love it, but we know you'll want to see it in practice before making any decisions.

Further reading:

16 fun end of term KS2 Maths activities to do in or out of the classroom

13 Outdoor Maths activities for Early Years to Year 6 (plus a bonus for all ages)

Sports Day Maths Activities for Key Stage 2

9 easy ways to engage every parent with their child's success before the end of term

16 engaging start of term KS2 Maths activities to tackle your pupils' 'summer brain drain'


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