Timed Tables

A Maths Starter of The Day

1. Write down your starting time:

2) 9 x 123) 6 x 34) 6 x 115) 9 x 2
6) 9 x 77) 7 x 68) 8 x 129) 2 x 7
10) 4 x 611) 9 x 912) 8 x 013) 5 x 6
14) 11 x 515) 4 x 416) 4 x 1017) 2 x 5
18) 4 x 1219) 7 x 520) 11 x 1021) 4 x 7
22) 10 x 423) 10 x 124) 5 x 1125) 10 x 0

26. Write down your finishing time:

27. Subtract you answer for question 1 from your answer for question 26.

No Calculator Allowed


Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Mental Methods | Tables | Time

  • Mike Fox, Ercall Wood
  • An excellent starter that inproves pupils times table skills without peer competition.
  • Piers de Chenu, Ilfracombe College. Devon. UK
  • This is a brilliant starter, it kills the gossip and enables the register to be taken in an orderly manner.
    It enables the student to challenge themselves, not each other, although a student deliberately 'failed' to get the fastest time when after 5 wins he decided that it was someone elses turn.

    Only one winge, why does it repeat problems on the same screen?
    Could it be levelled to allow it to be aimed at the more able students?

    Do not throw this one away, bring it back for september please.
  • Miss Andrew and Miss Dengure, Nether Hall Learning Campus
  • This was a peng (very good) starter we really enjoyed it and we hope to see something like this again.
  • Miss Chicken, Helenswood
  • Really like this starter. I agree with the previous comment. A levelled starter would be good to challenge the more able.
  • Transum,
  • Thanks to everyone for their comments. Piers' request to not repeat the problems has now been programmed and you can also now increase the level of difficulty by clicking on either Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4.
  • Mr Kavanagh's Fifth Class, Cork, Ireland
  • We really enjoyed this problem. Our fastest time was Abbie with two minutes. We are looking forward to trying together tomorrow with a more difficult level.
  • Transum,
  • If your pupils have access to computers you might like to try Beat The Clock which has a similar theme. If it is Tables practice you are looking for there is a selection of activities on our Times Tables page to help you learn a new table in five days.
  • Transum,
  • If pupils are having trouble working out the difference between the start and end times for today's Maths Lesson Starter don't forget that most scientific calculators have a function that can be used for time. You can demonstrate its use by showing the animation on the Calculator Workout page.

    Calculator time button

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2) 9 x 12 = 1083) 6 x 3 = 184) 6 x 11 = 665) 9 x 2 = 18
6) 9 x 7 = 637) 7 x 6 = 428) 8 x 12 = 969) 2 x 7 = 14
10) 4 x 6 = 2411) 9 x 9 = 8112) 8 x 0 = 013) 5 x 6 = 30
14) 11 x 5 = 5515) 4 x 4 = 1616) 4 x 10 = 4017) 2 x 5 = 10
18) 4 x 12 = 4819) 7 x 5 = 3520) 11 x 10 = 11021) 4 x 7 = 28
22) 10 x 4 = 4023) 10 x 1 = 1024) 5 x 11 = 5525) 10 x 0 = 0

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