# Mental Maths Test

## Slow

[Teacher Note: The PowerPoint file can be saved on your computer. You could modify the questions to suit your class.]

## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

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Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Mixed

• Juliet Flynn, Lincoln
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• Excellent used with year 7. Stretched the more able. Thank you
• Ole Jorgensen Year 6, Beckley Primary
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• I loved this activity. I love this site so much I did this at home!
• Al Green, Wiveliscombe, Somerset.
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• 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!).
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• Should the answer to Q2 be 42 miles instead of 21 miles?
• Paul, Wales
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• Excellent resource. Would love to find more like this.

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• Easingwold,
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• 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.
• Lucy Lesniak, Desborough College
• Thursday, October 11, 2018
• Loved this variety. I tried to change it, but didn't know how to it. It just returned to the default. Also, would be good to have the answers!

[Transum: The answers to the original questions are available to subscribers but I'm afraid the system can't work out the answers to the new questions you type in below. There is no save facility for new questions, sorry.]

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 Teacher, do your students have access to computers?Do they have iPads or Laptops in Lessons? Whether your students each have a TabletPC, a Surface or a Mac, this activity lends itself to eLearning (Engaged Learning).

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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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## Have you read Craig's book yet?

Craig Barton must surely be the voice of Mathematics teachers in the UK. His wonderful podcasts interviewing the industry experts have culminated in this wonderful book. As Craig says: "I genuinely believe I have never taught mathematics better, and my students have never learned more. I just wish I had known all of this twelve years ago..." more...

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## Casio Classwiz Calculator

There is currently a lot of talk about this new calculator being the best in its price range for use in the Maths classroom. The new ClassWiz features a high-resolution display making it easier to view numerical formulas and symbols but it isn't a graphical calculator as such (it has the capacity to draw graphs on your smart phone or tablet, via a scannable QR code and an app).

As well as basic spreadsheet mode and an equation solving feature you also get the ability to solve quadratic, cubic or quartic polynomial inequalities and the answer is given just as it should be written down, using the correct inequality symbols!

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## Hello World

You are buying a (driverless) car. One vehicle is programmed to save as many lives as possible in a collision. Another promises to prioritize the lives of its passengers. Which do you choose?

Welcome to the age of the algorithm, the story of a not-too-distant future where machines rule supreme, making important decisions – in healthcare, transport, finance, security, what we watch, where we go even who we send to prison. So how much should we rely on them? What kind of future do we want?

Hannah Fry takes us on a tour of the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the algorithms that surround us. In Hello World she lifts the lid on their inner workings, demonstrates their power, exposes their limitations, and examines whether they really are an improvement on the humans they are replacing.

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