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 Teacher

A competition between children and teacher which can be used to improve mental arithmetic skills.
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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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Number of the Week

A quick mental maths activity which can be used regularly.
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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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Ping Pong

A useful mental game which can be used to reinforce number bonds.
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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?
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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.
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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.