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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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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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 Tape

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