Transum Maths Software

Advanced Maths Lesson Starters

Here is a list of advanced Maths lesson starters suitable for students studying for A Level, IB, Advanced placement etc.

In addition, many of the 'Starter of the Day' activities are easily developed for the more able student.

Main Page

Advanced Starters:

Showing only Indices Advanced Starters

Show all Advanced Starters

Same Three Digits: Find expressions which contain indices and evaluate to numbers containing the same digits.  [Topic(s): Puzzle, Indices, Problem Solving]

Simplify: Simplify an algebraic fraction  [Topic(s): Indices]



Use the buttons below to share this page with your social media sites or inform others of this free resource.

Complete Index of Starters

Featured Activity



Interactive, randomly-generated, number-based logic puzzle based on the Latin square designed to develop numeracy skills. These puzzles are drag and drop and can earn you a Transum Trophy.


Is there anything you would have a regular use for that we don't feature here? Please let us know.

Contact Transum

Recently Updated

Simultaneous Solutions

Simultaneous Solutions

Arrange the given pairs of simultaneous equations in groups to show whether they have no solution, one solution or infinite solutions. So far this activity has been accessed 31 times and 3 people have earned a Transum Trophy for completing it.


Exam Style Questions

Still looking for an Advanced Starter? Try an Exam Style Question. There are hundreds to choose from.

Exam Style Questions

Yes past paper questions can make ideal Lesson Starters. Have them projected onto your whiteboard and your students can start working as soon as they sit down. The (I)GCSE Higher/Extended and the IB questions have fully worked solutions that you can reveal line by line when you go through the questions with the class. All this saves you valuable time at the beginning of your lesson.

Here are some questions I like as Starters to get you going:

Two circles just fit side by side in a larger circle. What fraction of the larger circle do they cover? more...

One is added to the product of two consecutive positive even numbers. Show that the result is a square number. more...

The diagrams below show a sequence of patterns made from red and yellow tiles. more...

This Venn diagram shows the relationship between the sets of numbers. more...

Twitter and the media were buzzing with comments about a particular question about Hanna's sweets. more...

Calculate the area of the front face of the dart board. more...

A restaurant offers 6 starters, 14 main courses and 5 different desserts. more...

Find the length of the elastic band that fits around three crayons. more...

The graph shows the height of water in a container over a period time. more...

This draft emoji design includes a circle and a kite. more...

Minerva's Revenge is the longest rollercoaster in the Funville Theme Park. more...

Windthrup bought a car for £9500 which depreciated by 6% in the first year. more... Exam Style Questions



Colleen Young, Twitter

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Do you have any comments? It is always useful to receive feedback and helps make this free resource even more useful for those learning Mathematics anywhere in the world. Click here to enter your comments.



©1997-2018 WWW.TRANSUM.ORG