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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 Construction. 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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Construction Starters:

Hexagon: On a full page in the back of your exercise book draw a perfectly regular hexagon.

Pentagon: On a full page in the back of your exercise book draw a perfectly regular pentagon.

Polygon Riddle 3: A 'My first is in...' riddle that describes a geometrical shape. Can you construct it?

Rotational Symmetry: Draw a pattern with rotational symmetry of order 6 but no line symmetry.


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Remainder Race

Remainder Race

A brilliant game involving chance and choice requiring an ability to calculate the remainder when a two digit number is divided by a single digit number. There are one and two player versions and the rules are inspired by the Royal Game of Ur.


Curriculum for Construction:

Year 6

Pupils should be taught to draw 2-D shapes using given dimensions and angles more...

Years 7 to 9

Pupils should be taught to derive and use the standard ruler and compass constructions (perpendicular bisector of a line segment, constructing a perpendicular to a given line from/at a given point, bisecting a given angle); recognise and use the perpendicular distance from a point to a line as the shortest distance to the line more...


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 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 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 6 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Natalie, London:

"I am thankful for providing such wonderful starters. They are of immence help and the students enjoy them very much. These starters have saved my time and have made my lessons enjoyable."

Comment recorded on the 28 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Malcolm P, Dorset:

"A set of real life savers!!
Keep it up and thank you!"

Comment recorded on the 1 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Phil Anthony, Head of Maths, Stourport High School:

"What a brilliant website. We have just started to use the 'starter-of-the-day' in our yr9 lessons to try them out before we change from a high school to a secondary school in September. This is one of the best resources on-line we have found. The kids and staff love it. Well done an thank you very much for making my maths lessons more interesting and fun."

Comment recorded on the 14 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Trish Bailey, Kingstone School:

"This is a great memory aid which could be used for formulae or key facts etc - in any subject area. The PICTURE is such an aid to remembering where each number or group of numbers is - my pupils love it!

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 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 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."


Practise using mathematical drawing instruments to construct accurate diagrams, plans and maps.

Construction Teacher Resources:

Triangle Solver: Provide and three measurements for a triangle and this application will work out the remaining sides, angles and area.

Construction Activities:

Constructions: Construct the diagrams from the given information then check your accuracy.

Loci Construction Pairs: Match the description of the loci to the diagram of the construction.

Loci Land: Make scale drawings of real life situations using ruler, compasses and pencil to answer questions about loci.

Measuring Angles: Measure the size of the given angles to within two degrees of their actual value.

Scale Drawings: Measure line segments and angles in geometric figures, including interpreting scale drawings.

Construction Videos:

Construct a congruent triangle: Construction (with compass and straight edge) of a triangle congruent to a given triangle.

Different types of Triangle: Euclid and his friends explain how many different kinds of triangle there are.

Loci The Basics: A very clear demonstration of how to use a compass and a straight edge to draw common loci.

Ruler and Compass Construction: A demonstration of standard ruler and compass constructions

Construction External Links:

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Rough Answers

Rough Answers

An exercise on rounding values in a calculation to find an approximate estimate of the answer. So far this activity has been accessed 43 times and 3 people have earned a Transum Trophy for completing it.



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