In just a moment you will be asked to write down a times table.

You will need to write as fast as you know how

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1 x 3.5 =

2 x 3.5 =

3 x 3.5 =

Continue as far as possible before the time runs out:

## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

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Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Number

• Miss Gilleece, Boldon School
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• My 9A1 (act like yr 6 though!!!) results......
Jak managed 61 times
Alex = 58 times
Callum = 55 times
Bless them! They liked it being a timed challenge, my class are VERY competitive :).
• Sue Hostler, Junior School In Kingston
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• My Maths group really enjoyed this challenge. I made it into a competiton and awarded house points to the winners.As Maths Co-ordinator I think the idea of a different starter each day is brilliant!
• Mr. Kavanagh's 5th Class, Cork, Ireland
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• Laura got 24 x 3.5, Adam and Cormac got 17 x 3.5, Sarah C. got 14 x 3.5, Abbie got 13 x 3.5 and Abaigh got 11 x 3.5.
• Miss Gilleece (again), Jarrow School
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• My very competitive 9A1 had 3.5 as their timestable and managed to do a staggering 75! The winner was Tayla!! :) Well done. Good starter!
• Transum,
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• Don't miss the facility at the bottom of this page to change the times table and to change the amount of time allowed.

Also at the bottom of this page is a link to TablesMaster. A popular online activity for students to practice answering times table questions as fast as possible. Students can add their name to the hi-score table or claim a Transum Trophy for their personal best time.
• Y5 Top Group, St John's School
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• It was a nice thing that everyone enjoyed.
• St Davids, Intro
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• Cool helped my class a lot.
• P5-7, Midmar
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• Jessica got to 136.5 (without writing out the tables). Sula got 112. Sam got up to 49. Maia got 45.5. We will try this again.
• Mariam, Maplewood
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• It was an amazing starter for my year 8 class, Jacob got 75 times and Angela got 69 times.
I'm so happy and impressed.
Great Starter.

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