Hot Summer Test


It is very hot during the summer, so hot that your brain could stop working!

Show that your brain is working well right now by writing out the 49 times table.

How far can you get in five minutes?

1 x 49 = 49
2 x 49 = 98
. . .



Try this activity again when you are feeling hot. Can you get as far in five minutes?


Topics: Starter | Tables

  • Transum,
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014
  • "I guess summer is a distant memory for all of you in the southern hemisphere? In fact you are probably the only people viewing this starter as it is the middle of the summer holidays for many schools in the northern hemisphere. Whatever the temperature enjoy this quick lesson starter before the main part of your lesson and remember that when your school day ends (in New Zealand and Australia) the school day of those in the UK and America is yet to begin!"

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