Solving maths problems is not the first item on many people’s agendas as they wind down for Christmas.
But Scotland’s education secretary, John Swinney, is sending pupils home for the holidays with a series of festive puzzles in the hope of encouraging more positive attitudes towards the subject – see them here.
The five puzzles are aimed at Primary 6 pupils (aged around 10) and their families to complete over the holidays as “a fun way of exploring maths outside the classroom”.
They include “Christmas sudoku” and a challenge involving decorating a snowman.
Earlier this year, Rachel Riley, best known for her role on Channel 4’s Countdown, warned that maths was suffering from an image problem that had to be challenged early.
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