## For this festive quiz you need to be familiar with the song Twelve Days of Christmas.

See the lyrics of the song Twelve Days of Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me a 'partridge in a pear tree' but he also sent me one on the second, third, and in fact all twelve days of Christmas. So altogether I received 12 partridges in pear trees.

 Altogether how many turtle doves did my true love send to me? Altogether how many French hens did my true love send to me? Altogether how many calling birds did my true love send to me? Altogether how many golden rings did my true love send to me? Altogether how many geese a-laying did my true love send to me? Altogether how many swans a-swimming did my true love send to me? Altogether how many maids a-milking did my true love send to me? Altogether how many ladies dancing did my true love send to me? Altogether how many lords a-leaping did my true love send to me? Altogether how many pipers piping did my true love send to me?
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#### ChrisMaths

Christmas activities make those December Maths lessons interesting, exciting and relevant. If students have access to computers there are some online activities to keep them engaged in worthwhile, festive mathematics.

Transum.org/ChristMaths/

#### Xmas Tree Trim

Use the lights provided to decorate each of the Christmas trees so that no two trees are the same. There are many levels to try.

Transum.org/go/?to=xmastrim

#### Xmas Consonants

After working out which vowels are missing from the Christmas words do some basic calculations.

Transum.org/go/?to=xmasconsonants

## Instructions

Try your best to answer the questions above. Type your answers into the boxes provided leaving no spaces. As you work through the exercise regularly click the "check" button. If you have any wrong answers, do your best to do corrections but if there is anything you don't understand, please ask your teacher for help.

When you have got all of the questions correct you may want to print out this page and paste it into your exercise book. If you keep your work in an ePortfolio you could take a screen shot of your answers and paste that into your Maths file.

## Transum.org

This web site contains over a thousand free mathematical activities for teachers and pupils. Click here to go to the main page which links to all of the resources available.

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Mathematicians are not the people who find Maths easy; they are the people who enjoy how mystifying, puzzling and hard it is. Are you a mathematician?

Comment recorded on the 19 October 'Starter of the Day' page by E Pollard, Huddersfield:

"I used this with my bottom set in year 9. To engage them I used their name and favorite football team (or pop group) instead of the school name. For homework, I asked each student to find a definition for the key words they had been given (once they had fun trying to guess the answer) and they presented their findings to the rest of the class the following day. They felt really special because the key words came from their own personal information."

Comment recorded on the 1 August 'Starter of the Day' page by Peter Wright, St Joseph's College:

"Love using the Starter of the Day activities to get the students into Maths mode at the beginning of a lesson. Lots of interesting discussions and questions have arisen out of the activities.
Thanks for such a great resource!"

#### 23 or Bust

A game involving mental arithmetic and strategy for two players or one player against the computer. It is possible to beat the computer but you need a well thought out strategy.

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## Go Maths

Learning and understanding Mathematics, at every level, requires learner engagement. Mathematics is not a spectator sport. Sometimes traditional teaching fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of interactive activities and this web site provides many of those. The Go Maths page is an alphabetical list of free activities designed for students in Secondary/High school.

## Maths Map

Are you looking for something specific? An exercise to supplement the topic you are studying at school at the moment perhaps. Navigate using our Maths Map to find exercises, puzzles and Maths lesson starters grouped by topic.

## Teachers

If you found this activity useful don't forget to record it in your scheme of work or learning management system. The short URL, ready to be copied and pasted, is as follows:

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