Mental Starters

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

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Beat the Tape

 An excellent activity in which children record Maths facts and use the recording to test themselves later.
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Do the Conga!

A fantastic way of developing mental maths in your class!
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My Number, Your Number

 A simple speaking / listening activity which can be used in lots of areas of Maths (and beyond).
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Shoot Out

A quick-fire mental maths game which can be used to cover a wide range of concepts.
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Times Table Aerobics

A physical mental starter which gets children moving and helps them to learn their times tables too!
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Beat the Teacher

A competition between children and teacher which can be used to improve mental arithmetic skills.
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Frog in the Box!

A fun team game, which can be used to test many mathematical concepts.
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Nominate or Answer

A way of eliciting responses for all children in the class.
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Skip Counting

An enjoyable game which can be used to teach Maths concepts as well as foreign languages!
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Twister Maths

 Play a game of Twister while developing Maths skills!
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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.
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Who Wants to be a Mathematician?

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