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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 Mixed. 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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Mixed Starters:

Absolutely Everyone: A choice of questions about the current world population which is constantly changing.

Abundant Buses: A game based around the concept of abundant numbers.

Analogies: Make more of analogies to help remember mathematical concepts.

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

Breathe Easily: How many breaths have you taken in your lifetime?

Christmas Eve: How many palindromic numbers can you find?

ClockEquate: 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.

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

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

Halloween: 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.

Jeopardy: 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?

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

Maths Crossword: A small crossword puzzle containing mathematical words.

Mental Test 10: 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?

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

Scaramouche: 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 very easily.


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Featured Activity

Car Park Puzzle

Car Park Puzzle

Can you get your car out of the very crowded car park by moving other cars forwards or backwards? There are five levels of increasing difficulty and the interactive interface makes this a fun problem solving exercise.



Comment recorded on the 12 July 'Starter of the Day' page by Miss J Key, Farlingaye High School, Suffolk:

"Thanks very much for this one. We developed it into a whole lesson and I borrowed some hats from the drama department to add to the fun!"

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 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 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 10 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Carol, Sheffield PArk Academy:

"3 NQTs in the department, I'm new subject leader in this new academy - Starters R Great!! Lovely resource for stimulating learning and getting eveyone off to a good start. Thank you!!"

Comment recorded on the 19 November 'Starter of the Day' page by Lesley Sewell, Ysgol Aberconwy, Wales:

"A Maths colleague introduced me to your web site and I love to use it. The questions are so varied I can use them with all of my classes, I even let year 13 have a go at some of them. I like being able to access the whole month so I can use favourites with classes I see at different times of the week. Thanks."

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 2007. 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 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 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 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 23 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Judy, Chatsmore CHS:

"This triangle starter is excellent. I have used it with all of my ks3 and ks4 classes and they are all totally focused when counting the triangles."

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 i asp?ID_Top '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 9 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Mr Jones, Wales:

"I think that having a starter of the day helps improve maths in general. My pupils say they love them!!!"

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"

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 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 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 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."


A healthy mashup of activities and ideas to use and apply mathematical knowledge in a variety of situations.

Mixed Teacher Resources:

Exam Tips: Some advice, tips and tricks for a Maths exam presented in the form of a poem for a teacher to share with the class.

Maths Bingo: This application will pick the bingo numbers for you and present each of the numbers as a mathematical expression.

Mini Whiteboard: If each pupil has an iPad, laptop or slate this provides an alternative to 'hands up'.

Playing Card Maths: Imagine you are on a desert island with nothing but a pack of playing cards. Do you have to stop learning mathematics?

Quickulations: A mental arithmetic visual aid that displays random calculations then after a few seconds displays the answers.

True or False?: Arrange the given statements in groups to show whether they are always true, sometimes true or false.

Mixed Activities:

Beat The Clock: It is a race against the clock to answer 30 mental arithmetic questions. There are nine levels to choose from.

Chain Challenge: How fast can you perform all of the given operations without using a calculator?

Formulae to Remember: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test recognition for formulae required to be memorised for GCSE exams.

Kim's Quiz: The traditional memory game played with mathematical statements.

Mathopoly: A game of buying and selling property with maths questions thrown in for good measure.

Maths Analogies: Make more of analogies to help remember mathematical concepts.

Maths General Knowledge Quiz: Some questions about general mathematical facts such as 'What is the name for the longest side of a right angled triangle?'

Maze: Each visitor to this page has a unique maze constructed for them to find their way through answering mathematical questions on the way.

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

Number Skills Inventory: A checklist of basic numeracy techniques that every pupil should know.

Numskull: Interactive, randomly-generated, number-based logic puzzle designed to develop numeracy skills.

Pentransum: Mathematical questions with five possible answers.

Topic Test: Ten multiple choice questions randomly chosen from those suggested by people from all around the world.

Tran Towers: An adventure game requiring students to solve puzzles as they move through the old mansion.

Tran Tunnels: An adventure game requiring you to answer questions and solve puzzles as you move through the tunnels.

Trick Or Treat: A mathematical true false general knowledge activity for Halloween.

True or False?: Arrange the given statements in groups to show whether they are always true, sometimes true or false.

Mixed Videos:

Maths In The Movies: Mathematical errors in the movies.

Mixed Worksheets:

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

Take Sides Questions: Thirty pairs of numbers or calculations. Which one of the pair is the largest?

Mixed External Links:

Links to other websites containing resources for Mixed are provided for teachers logged into 'Class Admin'. Subscribing to this service also opens up the opportunity for you to add your own links to this panel.


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The Broken Chessboard Puzzle

The Broken Chessboard Puzzle

The chessboard has been broken into 13 pieces. Can you put it back together? So far this activity has been accessed 538 times and 11 people have earned a Transum Trophy for completing it.



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