Mental Starters

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

Filter Results

Filter by age

Filter by type

(Select all / Select none)


Ring the Answer

Which student will ring the correct answer first?
5 - 11

Tell Me About a Number

 Get children to think about a particular number... how many different things can they think of?
5 - 11

Auction Responses

 An exciting way of encouraging children to respond to Maths questions.
5 - 11

The Disappearing Man

Practise number properties by making a man disappear!
5 - 11

Maths Champion

A simple game which can be used to test any Maths topic. 
5 - 11

Roll of the Dice

Will your children be able to work together and answer questions based on the roll of the dice?
5 - 7

The Price is Right

 An exciting game based upon the hit TV show.
5 - 11

Beat the Tape

 An excellent activity in which children record Maths facts and use the recording to test themselves later.
5 - 11

Do the Conga!

A fantastic way of developing mental maths in your class!
5 - 11

My Number, Your Number

 A simple speaking / listening activity which can be used in lots of areas of Maths (and beyond).
7 - 11

Shoot Out

A quick-fire mental maths game which can be used to cover a wide range of concepts.
7 - 11

Times Table Aerobics

A physical mental starter which gets children moving and helps them to learn their times tables too!
5 - 11

Beat the Teacher

A competition between children and teacher which can be used to improve mental arithmetic skills.
5 - 11

Frog in the Box!

A fun team game, which can be used to test many mathematical concepts.
5 - 11

Nominate or Answer

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