Twelve Days of Christmas

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?
Turtle DoveTurtle Dove
Correct Wrong
Altogether how many French hens did my true love send to me? Correct Wrong
Altogether how many calling birds did my true love send to me? Correct Wrong
Altogether how many golden rings did my true love send to me?
Five Gold Rings
Correct Wrong
Altogether how many geese a-laying did my true love send to me? Correct Wrong
Altogether how many swans a-swimming did my true love send to me? Correct Wrong
Altogether how many maids a-milking did my true love send to me? Correct Wrong
Altogether how many drummers drumming did my true love send to me? Correct Wrong
Altogether how many pipers piping did my true love send to me? Correct Wrong
Altogether how many ladies dancing did my true love send to me? Correct Wrong



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.


Xmas Tree Trim

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.

The short web address is:


Xmas Consonants

Xmas Consonants

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

The short web address is:


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.

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Striped Sweets

Striped Sweets

Colour the sweet wrappers so that no two are the same. A multi-level activity designed to encourage a systematic strategy for finding all of the different permutations.


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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.


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:

Alternatively, if you use Google Classroom, all you have to do is click on the green icon below in order to add this activity to one of your classes.

It may be worth remembering that if should go offline for whatever reason, there is a mirror site at that contains most of the resources that are available here on

When planning to use technology in your lesson always have a plan B!


Saturday, December 12, 2020

"Ideas for further developing this theme:

How many birds are there?
How many people are there?
How many presents are there altogether?
If each drummer has 2 drumsticks how many sticks are there altogether?
If each goose lays 2 eggs and each of the other birds lay 3 eggs how many eggs would there be?
How many eyes are there altogether?
If the gold rings were shared out amongst the maids how many would not have one?
How many people are playing a musical instrument?
How many fingers are there altogether?
Could all the birds be shared out equally between the ladies dancing?"

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