There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find below some starters on the topic of Mixed. 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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Mixed Starters:

Abundant Buses

A game based around the concept of factors and abundant numbers.


Make more of analogies to help remember mathematical concepts.

Big Order

Estimate or calculate then put the large numbers in order of size.

Birthday Clues

Work out the date Will was born by answering some number questions.

Breathe Easily

How many breaths have you taken in your lifetime?

Christmas Eve

How many palindromic numbers can you find?


Can you use the digits on the left of this clock along with any mathematical operations to equal the digits on the right?

Digital Lights

Questions about the Small LEDs used to make up the digits on a calculator display.

Four Gone

An activity involving a broken calculator which is missing the four button. Can you evaluate the given expressions without using the four?


Five problems with a Halloween theme.

Hold 'Em Up!

Everyone in the class holds up an item to show which is the correct answer to the multiple choice question.


Loosely based on the famous television show, how many questions cn you come up with for a given answer?

Just Four Questions

Four mathematical questions to think about at the beginning of the lesson.

Last Day

The 31st of December is the last day of the year. What mathematical lasts do you know?


Do as many of the calculations as possible before the maggots infest!

Maths Crossword

A small crossword puzzle containing mathematical words.

Mental Maths Test

The starter is a PowerPoint file containing a twenty question mental arithmetic test. It will advance from one question to the next automatically.

Mystery Numbers

Can you recognise the mystery numbers from the clues?


Can you solve this paradox by agreeing whether the statements are right or wrong?

Positions Please

Stand at the point between the classroom walls to represent a given number.

Refreshing Revision

It is called Refreshing Revision because every time you refresh the page you get different revision questions.


Can you work out from the five clues given what the mystery number is?

Six of the Best

Six calculations to perform without a calculator.

Take Sides

Put up your right hand or left hand depending on the expressions that appears.

True or False?

An activity designed to address common misconceptions.

Word Search

Create your own mathematical word search for the whole class to enjoy.


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