Update: **end of term activities page.**

In the UK schools are finishing for the summer, some have already completed school for the year.

What to do for those last lessons?

No videos – though I could make an exception for the counting chimps, **a video** I was introduced to by **Alex Bellos** at the SSAT conference which he included in his session and shows the astonishing recall of a chimp – compare the human!

Some **Mathematical games and puzzles perhaps**? There are plenty to choose from.

Maybe….

**The Set Game **which is a daily puzzle is set in** The New York Times. **How many sets can you find? Click ‘How to play’ in the menu on the left for the rules.

Or try some pencil and paper games such as **Sprouts, **described very clearly here by the Iowa State Math Department.

Always popular with our staff and students is the game of Countdown. The **Numbers (and letters) game** can be played online on the Woodlands Junior School site. Excellent **programs for both games** can be downloaded free from Chris Farmer’s CSF software site. For a new challenge why not try **Coundown with Fractions from Nrich?**

On a similar theme try **Make 24**, a **Wisweb applet. ****This page** has further information on the problem and a link to an online program which optionally shows solutions as well as presenting random problems. The program will also show solutions for any given set of four numbers.

For a main activity a **Tarsia puzzle** provides an engaging activity. I intend to use one to see how many of the formulae needed for the part of the course which my Year 10 students (age 14-15) will be studying next year are already known.

Wishing teachers everywhere a happy **holiday **(only WolframAlpha would give you the Scrabble score as well as the definition!)

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