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There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Vocabulary. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Vocabulary Starters:

A Number: When written as a word or words what is the smallest positive whole number containing the letter 'a'?

Alphanumbetical: A challenge to find the number which when written as a word has all the letters in alphabetical order.

Anagrams: Can you un-jumble these mathematical words?

Eleven Plus Two: Rearrange the letters in the expression 'Eleven Plus Two' to make another expression with the same value.

Intents Excitement: Work out the mathematical words missing from the story about buying a tent.

Kim's Game 3: This is the Maths version of the traditional memory game. Memorise 10 mathematical facts then recall them as they disappear from view.

Love Maths: Find the nine mathematical words hidden in the love story. The last letters of the hidden words form an anagram of the name of a famous mathematician.

Lyric Lacking Limerick: Find the words missing from the mathematical limerick.

M for Mathematics: Write down as many mathematical words as possible that begin with the letter M.

Maths Crossword: A small crossword puzzle containing mathematical words.

Maths In School: Find mathematical words which can be made by using the letters in the name of your school?

Mystery Numbers: Can you recognise the mystery numbers from the clues?

Square Circle Kite: Write down the names of all the mathematical shapes you know.

Starting With: Write down as many mathematical words as possible that begin with a particular letter.

True or False?: An activity designed to address common misconceptions.

Verruca Value: The Verruca Value of a word is the number of vowels multiplied by the number of consonants. How many words can you find with Verruca Value of 24?

Vowelless: Vowels have been taken out of mathematical words. Can you recognise them?

Word Search: Create your own mathematical word search very easily.

Wordles: Turn mathematical words into designs which will help you remember the meanings of the words.


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Tran Tunnels

Tran Tunnels

Answer the questions as you find your way through the tunnels. Collect coins on the way. There's a musical theme to this adventure game and you won't be able to complete it unless you solve all of the clues.



Comment recorded on the 18 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs. Peacock, Downe House School and Kennet School:

"My year 8's absolutely loved the "Separated Twins" starter. I set it as an optional piece of work for my year 11's over a weekend and one girl came up with 3 independant solutions."

Comment recorded on the 11 January 'Starter of the Day' page by S Johnson, The King John School:

"We recently had an afternoon on accelerated learning.This linked really well and prompted a discussion about learning styles and short term memory."

Comment recorded on the 25 June 'Starter of the Day' page by Inger.kisby@herts and, :

"We all love your starters. It is so good to have such a collection. We use them for all age groups and abilities. Have particularly enjoyed KIM's game, as we have not used that for Mathematics before. Keep up the good work and thank you very much
Best wishes from Inger Kisby"

Comment recorded on the 10 April 'Starter of the Day' page by Transum, :

"Sorry Mike, because some of the starters link to live data on the Internet there is no CD version. Thanks for your comments."

Comment recorded on the 19 October 'Starter of the Day' page by E Pollard, Huddersfield:

"I used this with my bottom set in year 9. To engage them I used their name and favorite football team (or pop group) instead of the school name. For homework, I asked each student to find a definition for the key words they had been given (once they had fun trying to guess the answer) and they presented their findings to the rest of the class the following day. They felt really special because the key words came from their own personal information."

Comment recorded on the 2 April 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs Wilshaw, Dunsten Collage,Essex:

"This website was brilliant. My class and I really enjoy doing the activites."

Comment recorded on the 7 December 'Starter of the Day' page by Cathryn Aldridge, Pells Primary:

"I use Starter of the Day as a registration and warm-up activity for my Year 6 class. The range of questioning provided is excellent as are some of the images.
I rate this site as a 5!"

Comment recorded on the 5 April 'Starter of the Day' page by Mr Stoner, St George's College of Technology:

"This resource has made a great deal of difference to the standard of starters for all of our lessons. Thank you for being so creative and imaginative."

Comment recorded on the 28 May 'Starter of the Day' page by L Smith, Colwyn Bay:

"An absolutely brilliant resource. Only recently been discovered but is used daily with all my classes. It is particularly useful when things can be saved for further use. Thank you!"

Comment recorded on the 19 June 'Starter of the Day' page by Nikki Jordan, Braunton School, Devon:

"Excellent. Thank you very much for a fabulous set of starters. I use the 'weekenders' if the daily ones are not quite what I want. Brilliant and much appreciated."

Comment recorded on the 14 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Inger Kisby, Herts and Essex High School:

"Just a quick note to say that we use a lot of your starters. It is lovely to have so many different ideas to start a lesson with. Thank you very much and keep up the good work."

Comment recorded on the 3 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs Johnstone, 7Je:

"I think this is a brilliant website as all the students enjoy doing the puzzles and it is a brilliant way to start a lesson."

Comment recorded on the 2 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Angela Lowry, :

"I think these are great! So useful and handy, the children love them.
Could we have some on angles too please?"

Comment recorded on the 3 October 'Starter of the Day' page by S Mirza, Park High School, Colne:

"Very good starters, help pupils settle very well in maths classroom."

Comment recorded on the 26 March 'Starter of the Day' page by Julie Reakes, The English College, Dubai:

"It's great to have a starter that's timed and focuses the attention of everyone fully. I told them in advance I would do 10 then record their percentages."

Comment recorded on the 3 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Fiona Bray, Cams Hill School:

"This is an excellent website. We all often use the starters as the pupils come in the door and get settled as we take the register."

Comment recorded on the 17 June 'Starter of the Day' page by Mr Hall, Light Hall School, Solihull:

"Dear Transum,

I love you website I use it every maths lesson I have with every year group! I don't know were I would turn to with out you!"

Comment recorded on the 21 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Mr Trainor And His P7 Class(All Girls), Mercy Primary School, Belfast:

"My Primary 7 class in Mercy Primary school, Belfast, look forward to your mental maths starters every morning. The variety of material is interesting and exciting and always engages the teacher and pupils. Keep them coming please."

Comment recorded on the 1 February 'Starter of the Day' page by Terry Shaw, Beaulieu Convent School:

"Really good site. Lots of good ideas for starters. Use it most of the time in KS3."

Comment recorded on the 16 March 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs A Milton, Ysgol Ardudwy:

"I have used your starters for 3 years now and would not have a lesson without one! Fantastic way to engage the pupils at the start of a lesson."

Comment recorded on the 10 April 'Starter of the Day' page by Mike Sendrove, Salt Grammar School, UK.:

"A really useful set of resources - thanks. Is the collection available on CD? Are solutions available?"

Comment recorded on the 1 August 'Starter of the Day' page by Peter Wright, St Joseph's College:

"Love using the Starter of the Day activities to get the students into Maths mode at the beginning of a lesson. Lots of interesting discussions and questions have arisen out of the activities.
Thanks for such a great resource!"

Comment recorded on the 24 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Ruth Seward, Hagley Park Sports College:

"Find the starters wonderful; students enjoy them and often want to use the idea generated by the starter in other parts of the lesson. Keep up the good work"


Mathematics is a language but we also need to understand the language that describes mathematical concepts and techniques.

There are a number of lesson starters and interactive activities that are based around words. The words used are words that pupils will come across in their study of mathematics. By doing these activities pupils will become more familiar with those words, learn how to spell them and dispel misconceptions in some cases.

These activities also provide variety in the study of mathematics and the word games can provide fun and motivation during lessons.

Be aware that even amongst the English speaking nations there can be variations used with the way words are spelled, pronounced and applied but understanding this is all part of education.

Vocabulary Teacher Resources:

Code Cracking Presentation: A slide presentation showing techniques for cracking simple codes and ciphers.

Polygons: Name the polygons and show the number of lines and order of rotational symmetry.

Probability Words: A visual aid to highlight the vocabulary of probability and to debate the relationship between the given words.

The Great Dodecahedron: Pupils are not allowed to use their hands to point but must describe fully any shapes they can see in this picture.

Wordles: Remember these mathematical words for their shape and movement.

Vocabulary Activities:

Circle Pairs: Find the matching pairs of circle diagrams and circle properties in this interactive online game.

Code Cracker: Crack the code by finding out which letters replace the encrypted letters in the text given. There are lots of hints provided about code breaking techniques.

In-tents Story: Work out the mathematical words missing from the story about buying a tent.

M-Words: Here are clues to some mathematical words all beginning with the letter M. Can you figure out what they are?

Mathanagrams: The letters of mathematical words have been mixed up. Can you recognise them?

Maths Crossword: An interactive mathematical crossword for you to do online. Find the missing words from the given clues.

Mystery Numbers: If 16 O in a P stands for 16 ounces in a pound, what do you think these mystery numbers are?

Polygons: Name the polygons and show the number of lines and order of rotational symmetry.

Probability Washing Line: Hang out the washing on the line so that the probability words on the t-shirts are in order.

Shark's Dinner: The mathematical version of the classic hangman game. Guess the letters that are contained in the words.

Vowelless: Vowels have been taken out of mathematical words. Can you recognise them?

Words and Concepts: Fill in the missing words to show an understanding of the vocabulary of equations, inequalities, terms and factors.

Words in Digits: Write the numbers given in words as digits and vice versa.

Vocabulary Investigations:

Four Ever: Generate a number sequence based on the number of letters needed to spell the previous number.

Vocabulary Videos:

Coordinate Plane and Plotting Points: A video explaining the vocabulary and showing how to plot points in all four quadrants.

Maths Without Words: A TED talk describing a visual approach to learning Maths from MIND Research.

Vocabulary Worksheets:

Memorable Measures Notes: These are the printable cards to go with the activity called Memorable Measures.

Parts of a Circle: A sheet of circles with nine parts named. The pupil is asked to draw the named parts.

Recap Crossword: Two small crossword puzzles based on Secondary school Maths topics.

Vocabulary External Links:

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Upper and Lower Bounds

Upper and Lower Bounds

Determine the upper and lower bounds when rounding or truncating quantities used in calculations. So far this activity has been accessed 18 times and 3 people have earned a Transum Trophy for completing it.



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