Mental Starters

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

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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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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?
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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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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.
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Ping Pong

A useful mental game which can be used to reinforce number bonds.
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Maths Table Challenge

A fun way of reinforcing mental arithmetic throughout the day!
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An excellent Maths game based on the Countdown TV show.
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A fun way of quizzing children about different Maths concepts.
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Ring the Answer

Which student will ring the correct answer first?
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Tell Me About a Number

 Get children to think about a particular number... how many different things can they think of?