Mental Starters

These fantastic teaching ideas and downloadable classroom resources will get your maths lesson off to a flying start!

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Big Board / Little Board

A competitive game which can be used to review lots of different Maths concepts.
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What's my Number?

 An enjoyable game in which children practice mental arithmetic in order to guess a number.
7 - 11

Number Chains

A very simple idea which requires quick mental calculations. A set of number chain cards are also included in a variety of formats.
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Speed Circle

A team game which can be used to review a wide range of operations.
7 - 11

Who Wants to be a Mathematician?

A fantastic warm up activity, based on the popular TV show.
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Bounce Count

 Encourage counting on and back using this simple technique.
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Harry Potter Maths

Will your young wizards answer their mental Maths questions quickly?
7 - 11

Number of the Week

A quick mental maths activity which can be used regularly.
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Speedy Chairs

Play this exciting game to practice mental skills.
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Mental Maths Banners

Mental Maths Banners

If you're making a display about mental maths / calculations, save yourself some time by using our printable banners!
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Chair Swap

Learn Maths, and encourage manners at the same time!
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If this is the answer...

 Give children an answer and they have to work out the question.
7 - 11

PIG

An exciting game which encourages quick addition and can be used to introduce probability.
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Stay Standing

A fun game show activity, which can be used with most Maths topics.
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Countdown

An excellent Maths game based on the Countdown TV show.