Following the recent **Christmas 2016 Christmas collection** – an update – try a Desmos Christmas present!

Having reminded Year 8 about equations of lines and developed the topic this year, this Desmos Christmas present graph will make a good starter. They can identify the lines, hopefully quickly!

I also created **a version where the lines are all black** which means I can easily change the colour of just one of the items to clearly display each.

We can also discuss that bow! Whilst we don’t study equations of circles until Year 10 or 11, I will frequently “plant ideas” earlier so when students meet them later they have at least heard of them! Younger students can easily be asked for points that satisfy x^{2}+y^{2}=25 for example.

On TES we have a complete set of **relays from Chris Smith**; my classes have enjoyed his Valebtine and Summer relays, I think we’ll use the Christmas relay to complete this term! You can find more excellent resources from **Chris on TES** and follow him on Twitter **here**.

As with all the these relays from Chris – all the answers are provided – brilliant!

Looking further at the **TES Christmas 2016 Collection** these **GCSE Maths Christmas Puzzles** from **chuckieirish** look good as do these **Christmas Puzzles** from **ryansmailes**. (Note I included one of Ryan’s resources, a **Christmas Maths Activities Booklet** as a favourite from earlier years.) The GCSE resource is a collection of four files and all the answers are supplied. I particularly like the Christmas Maths problems files – a very good collection to choose from.

**Mark McCourt** has a great collection of **Christmas Activities** on his **Emaths** site. These resources include a lovely variety of activities for your students to do some valuable Maths as well as getting in the Christmas mood!

See also **Christmas 2016 Christmas collection**.