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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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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Number of the Week

A quick mental maths activity which can be used regularly.
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Countdown

An excellent Maths game based on the Countdown TV show.
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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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The Price is Right

 An exciting game based upon the hit TV show.
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Auction Responses

 An exciting way of encouraging children to respond to Maths questions.
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The Disappearing Man

Practise number properties by making a man disappear!
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Maths Champion

A simple game which can be used to test any Maths topic. 
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Roll of the Dice

Will your children be able to work together and answer questions based on the roll of the dice?
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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.