With the clock ticking away to Christmas Eve, Santa’s lost the combination to the key that unlocks his sleigh! So he’s going to arrive at your school in a muddle – and needing your children’s help if Christmas is to be saved.

Workshop Description

Working through a series of seasonal mathematical challenges, they’ll reveal the letters and numbers he needs, one by one – until, if all goes well, the precious vehicle is freed.

Exploring (according to age): additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning, number patterns, 2D & 3D shapes, positional language.

Cross-Curricular Links: Literacy, Science, History, Geography, RE, Music

"Thank you so much for our wonderful Christmas workshops that you did with the children at Aberdour. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I heard many of them talking about it with their parents after school." Maths Lead, Aberdour School

Maths, Christmas
EYFS- KS2 - KS4 / P1 - P7 / Junior Infants - 6th Class
1 – 2 hours, depending on how many classes
420 pupils
School Hall


How many pupils can take part?

Celebrations in Rhyme: Christmas can accommodate up-to 420 pupils over the course of the day.

What is the format of the day?
Are there any technical requirements?

Your visitor will need access to a laptop/ screen/projector set up in the working space.

Where do the workshops take place?

These are active workshops and benefit from a large open space such as the school hall. A large classroom with desks and chairs stowed away as far as possible is fine.

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