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Half Term Activities

Hello Year 5!wink


I hope you all have a lovely half term and a good rest and for those of you who wish to, below are some suggestions for some half term ideas/activities.  Remember: They are completely optional and it’s up to you if you wish to complete any:

Fun Maths Game 1: Maths Problem Scavenger Hunt 


What you need to play:


  • Some creativity
  • A garden or home full of measurable objects


How to play:

Step 1: Give children a grid with some pre-set weights and lengths on. It will then be a challenge for them to find something in the garden that is approximately 10 cm long, or something in the house that weighs 300 g (as an example). 

Step 2: Get your child to gather all of the items they think match the weights and lengths on the card, and check how well they have done with some kitchen scales and a tape measure!


Fun Maths Game 2:  The Yes/No Game


What you need to play:

  • A series of cards/pieces of paper


How to play:

Step 1: Both players put a card on their head. It could have a number on it, a shape etc.

Step 2: The first player asks a question which can only be answered with ‘yes’ or ‘no’. E.g. ‘Am I odd?’ ‘Am I under 20?’ ‘Do I have 4 sides?’ etc.

Step 3: They keep asking questions until they get the answer correct, or they run out of turns (you can set the number of turns they get at the beginning of the game). Then it is time for the other player to have a go.


Indoor Maths Game 1: Count Down


What you need to play:

  • 4 ‘large number’ cards with the numbers 25, 50, 75 and 100 on them
  • A set of cards with the digits 1-10 on them, with at least two cards for each number


How to play:

Step 1: Set out 4 large number cards (25, 50, 75 and 100) face down and mixed up.

Step 2: Do the same with the 1 – 10 cards, making sure you have at least 2 cards for each number.

Step 3: Players take it in turns to select one of the big number cards or one of the small number cards, until there are 6 cards laid out altogether. 

Step 4: Someone who is playing the game needs to generate a 3-digit number. This can be by throwing a dice, or selecting cards from a pile of 0 to 9 cards. 

Step 5: Once the number has been generated, turn over the six cards and players have to try and get to that total using any of the six number cards and any of the four operations. 

Each card can only be used once and the winner is the first person to reach the total, or the player who is closest after a set length of time.

The game can be adapted for younger children, by choosing the numbers on the cards carefully and having them aiming to reach a 2-digit number, rather than a 3-digit number.


Outdoor Maths Game 1: Multiplication Hopscotch


What you need to play:

  • Chalk


How to play: 

Step 1: Using chalk, draw out hopscotch squares on the ground and in each square, write either multiples of a number or multiplication facts.

Step 2: Each person then hop, skips and counts at the same time, which is a really good way of helping those multiplication tables stick. 

The other great thing about this game is this can be done with one person, or if friends are visiting everyone can join in and have a go.