The 12 days of Christmas has once again been costed, as it has been each year for over the last 35 years, by the PNC Price Index.
For KS2 children working on maths, especially if they were doing a 12 Days of Christmas spreadsheet, this site would be really useful. Different children could work the price out for different years – maybe a different five years could be given to various groups around the class. They could then compare the spreadsheets for a really interesting discussion on any changes in price over the years.
“The PNC Christmas Price Index® shows the current cost for one set of each of the gifts given in the song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas.’
It is similar to the U.S. Consumer Price Index, which measures the changing prices of goods and services like housing, food, clothing, transportation and more which reflect the spending habits of the average American.
The goods and services in the PNC Christmas Price Index® are far more whimsical, of course. And most years, the price changes closely mirror those in the U.S. Consumer Price Index. It’s a fun way to measure consumer spending and trends in the economy. So, even if Pipers Piping or Geese-a-Laying didn’t make your gift list this year, you can still learn a lot by checking out why their prices have increased or decreased over the years.“ (PNC)
It is easy to plot each of the gifts on a graph over the years. The gift images, which can easily be downloaded, would make a great introduction to graphs for all of KS2 children.
There is also a teacher activity booklet but most of it is too hard for KS2. However, it is interesting to look through and it certainly may give teachers some ideas of activities that could be done, just for fun, during the last week of term. Just looking at the total cost of the gifts over the last five years deals with fairly big numbers and reading those out would be a challenge; however, it is something the children would almost certainly be interested in!