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Random Maths Lesson Starters

If you are looking for a Maths lesson starter that can be used over and over again with the same class this is the place for you.

The starters here have been selected because the numbers will change every time the page is loaded. Students could practise the techniques week after week knowing that they are dealing with different figures each time.

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Connecting Rules

Connecting Rules: Give 20 rules connecting x and y given their values. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called . .

Structured Settlement

Structured Settlement: Without a calculator match a a pie slice to a calculation to an answer. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Pie Charts. Estimate what the pie chart sectors represent..

Clouds

Clouds: Some calculations are partly obscured. Work out what those calculations might be. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Clouds. Can you work out which numbers are hidden behind the clouds in these calculations?.

Quick Percentages

Quick Percentages: You have 10 seconds to answer each of the percentage questions. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Express as a Percentage. This self-marking quiz requires you to work out what one quantity is as a percentage of a second quantity..

Product Practice

Product Practice: Work out the answers to the given calculations then add the answers together. There are three different levels of difficulty. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Ten Multiplications. Ten multiplications for you to do without a calculator..

Triple Totals

Triple Totals: Complete the sums using only the given numbers then check your calculations are correct. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Mixpressions. Arrange the cards to create a valid mathematical statement..

Tasty Take-Aways

Tasty Take-Aways: Four subtractions to be done without a calculator. The answers are then to be added together. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Ten Subtractions. Ten subtractions for you to do without a calculator..

Quotients

Quotients: Work out the answers to the given division calculations then add the answers together. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Ten Divisions. Ten divisions for you to do without a calculator..

Roman Numerals

Roman Numerals: Learn a very different method for writing numbers using Roman numerals. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Roman Numerals Jigsaw. An online interactive jigsaw puzzle of a grid of Roman numerals..

Missing Operations

Missing Operations: Each red box represents a missing operation (+, -, x or รท). Can you work out what they are? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called BIDMAS. A self marking exercise testing the application of BIDMAS, an acronym describing the order of operations used when evaluating expressions..

Odd Percent Out

Odd Percent Out: A number of simple percentage calculations are given. The answers are in pairs. Which is the odd one out? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Percentages. A multi-level quiz involving percentages. The lower levels deal with simple percentages while the higher levels provide practice in calculating more difficult percentages..

Figuratively Speaking

Figuratively Speaking: Write the numbers written as words using digits. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Words in Digits. Write the numbers given in words as digits and vice versa..

Missing digits

Missing digits: Work out what the missing digits in the calculations are. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Mixpressions. Arrange the cards to create a valid mathematical statement..

For Thought

For Thought: Add up the answers to the four real life questions. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called How Many of Each?. Work out how many items were bought from the information given..

Shadow Sums

Shadow Sums: Make sums from the three digit numbers given. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Ten Sums. Ten sums for you to do without a calculator..

Multiplication Grid

Multiplication Grid: Copy and complete the multiplication grid. The higher levels include negative numbers. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Clouds. Can you work out which numbers are hidden behind the clouds in these calculations?.

Numbers in words

Numbers in words: Write out in words some numbers writen as digits. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Words in Digits. Write the numbers given in words as digits and vice versa..

On The Double

On The Double: Double the numbers given in the table. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Doubling Quiz. Drag the number cards onto their doubles. No calculators or writing allowed..

Add Quickulations

Add Quickulations: Calculations appear on the screen every few seconds. This mental arithmetic starter provides pace to the start of the Maths lesson. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Basic Addition. A self marking exercise on addition with increasing levels of difficulty..

Six of the Best

Six of the Best: Six calculations to perform without a calculator. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Number Skills Inventory. A checklist of basic numeracy techniques that every pupil should know..

Middle of Centres

Middle of Centres: Find the midpoint of the line joining the centres of enlargement. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Where's Wallaby?. Find the hidden wallaby using the clues revealed at the chosen coordinates..

Guitar For Sale

Guitar For Sale: A question about the profit made when buying and selling a guitar. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Aunt Lucy's Legacy. Decide which of the four schemes Aunt Lucy proposes will provide the most money. This investigation involves the sum of sequences as well as considering life expectancy..

Rounding 1dp

Rounding 1dp: Round off the given numbers to 1 decimal place then add the answers together. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Rounding DP. A self marking exercise requiring students to round numbers to a given number of decimal places..

Word Search

Word Search: Create your own mathematical word search very easily. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Word Search. Find the mathematical words in the grid of letters..

Arithmagons

Arithmagons: This lesson starter requires pupils to find the missing numbers in this partly completed arithmagon puzzle. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Arithmagons. Find the missing numbers in these partly completed arithmagon puzzles..

What are they?

What are they?: A starter about sums, products, differences, ratios, square and prime numbers. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called What Are They?. An exercise about sums, products, differences, ratios, square and prime numbers..

Simultaneous Occasions

Simultaneous Occasions: A problem which can best be solved as a pair of simultaneous equations. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Simultaneous Equations. A series of exercises, increasing in difficulty, about simultaneous equations..

Timed Tables

Timed Tables: How fast can you answer 24 mixed times tables questions? An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Times Tables. A collection of activities to help you learn your times tables in only 5 days..

Estimating

Estimating: Estimate the lengths of four lines then add your answers together. An optional student activity is linked from the bottom of this starter page called Estimating. Estimation is a very important skill. Use this activity to practise and improve your skills..

 

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A version of the Play Your Cards Right TV show. Calculate the probabilities of cards being higher or lower. So far this activity has been accessed 16794 times and 205 people have earned a Transum Trophy for completing it.

 

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