Mental Test 10

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No Calculators

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A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Mixed

  • Juliet Flynn, Lincoln
  • Monday, September 15, 2008
  • "Excellent used with year 7. Stretched the more able. Thank you"
  • Ole Jorgensen Year 6, Beckley Primary
  • Monday, September 27, 2010
  • "I loved this activity. I love this site so much I did this at home!"
  • Al Green, Wiveliscombe, Somerset.
  • Wednesday, September 29, 2010
  • "Tried it as a starter for year 9, bottom set. When they struggled (and at the suggestion of the TA), we spent the whole lesson doing the first 10 questions in pairs on individual white boards and sharing pupils' methods and successes. Not my planned lesson, but they all worked really well for the whole hour (and then through another hour of decimals after lunch!)."
  • Sue Sunn, London Academy
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2011
  • "Should the answer to Q2 be 42 miles instead of 21 miles?"
  • Paul, Wales
  • Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • "Excellent resource. Would love to find test 1 to 9.

    [Transum: Here is number 9 but the others aren't availabke yet.]"
  • Easingwold,
  • Friday, February 8, 2013
  • "I don't understand how you are supposed to do these without a calculator. These were tricky. No one in year nine set 8 could do it."

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Laptops In Lessons

Teacher, do your students have access to computers?
Do they have Laptops in Lessons or iPads?

Whether your students each have a TabletPC, a Surface or a Mac, this activity lends itself to eLearning (Engaged Learning).

Laptops In Lessons

Here is the URL for a concise version of this page without comments or answers.

Pupils could each be given a copy of the PowerPoint from this page and asked to edit it to produce a slightly different test for the rest of the class. They will need to edit the answer page too!



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