Mental Methods

There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find below some starters on the topic of Mental Methods. A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Mental Methods Starters:

A Thousand and One

Develop a quick way of mentally multiplying any number by 1001.

Abundant Buses

A game based around the concept of factors and abundant numbers.

Add Quickulations

Calculations appear on the screen every few seconds. This mental arithmetic starter provides pace to the start of the Maths lesson.

Ancient Mysteries

This activity requires students to memorise fifteen numbers in a three by five grid.

Countdown

How close can you get to the target by making a calculation from the five numbers given?

Division Quickulations

Random division calculations appear on screen every few seconds.

Eleventh of the Eleventh

Practise multiplying and dividing by eleven in your head.

Family Buses

Fit families onto eleven seater buses without splitting up the families.

Flabbergasted

If each number in a sequence must be a factor or multiple of the previous number what is the longest sequence that can be made from the given numbers?

Four Factors

Find four single digit numbers that multiply together to give 120. How many different ways are there of answering this question?

Four to Seven

Which of the numbers from one to twenty can you make with the digits 4, 5, 6 and 7?

Fractions Decimals Percentages

Convert fractions to decimals, decimals to percentages and percentages to fractions.

Know Your Place

Without a calculator perform some calculations requiring a knowledge of place value.

Mental Maths Quiz

A traditional twenty question mental arithmetic test presented as a PowerPoint presentation.

Mult Sum Diff Div

For each pair of numbers multiply the sum by the difference then divide the answer by 5.

Multiply Quickulations

Random multiplications appear on screen every few seconds.

Multiply, Add, Subtract and Divide

For each pair of numbers subtract the sum from the product then divide the result by 20 without a calculator.

No Partner

Find which numbers in a given list do not combine with other numbers on the list to make a given sum.

Outnumbered

Which group of four numbers, arranged in a square, has the largest total?

PercenTable

Complete the table by calculating common percentages without using a calculator.

Positions Please

Stand at the point between the classroom walls to represent a given number.

Refreshing Revision

It is called Refreshing Revision because every time you refresh the page you get different revision questions.

Six Discrimination

An activity involving a calculator which is missing the six button. Can you evaluate the given expressions without using the six?

Strange Tables

A challenge to learn an unfamiliar times table involving decimals.

Subtract Quickulations

Calculations appear on the screen every few seconds.

Suko

Interactive number-based logic puzzle similar to those featuring in The Times and Telegraph newspapers.

Table Legs

Learn an unusual times table from the strategic finger moving up and down the 'Table Leg'!

Table Spiders

Multiply the number on the spider's back by the numbers next to its legs.

Take Sides

Put up your right hand or left hand depending on the expressions that appears.

Team Age

Work out who is in which team from the information given.

Three Wise Gifts

Find as many sets of three of the available numbers as possible which add up to the given total.

Timed Tables

How fast can you answer 24 mixed times tables questions?

Triple Totals

Complete the sums using only the given numbers then check your calculations are correct.

Triplets

Find as many sets of three of the available numbers as possible which add up to the given total.

Weather Report

Find five integers that multiply together to give a product of twelve.

 

Exercises

23 or Bust

23 or Bust

A game involving mental arithmetic and strategy for two players or one player against the computer.

Beat The Clock

Beat The Clock

It is a race against the clock to answer 30 mental arithmetic questions. There are nine levels to choose from.

Bidmaze

Bidmaze

Find your way through the maze encountering mathematical operations in the correct order to achieve the given total.

Brainbox

Brainbox

A puzzle requiring the arrangement of numbers on the function machines to link the given input numbers to the correct output.

Chain Challenge

Chain Challenge

How fast can you perform all of the given operations without using a calculator?

Convoluted

Convoluted

Find the runs of four multiples in order as quickly as you can.

Digital Darts

Digital Darts

An online darts game for one or two players requiring skill, strategy and mental arithmetic.

Digivide

Digivide

Arrange the numbers from 1 to 6 in the spaces to make the division calculation correct.

Divides Exactly

Divides Exactly

Find which divisions result in whole number quotients. A mental arithmetic speed challenge.

Divisibility Test

Divisibility Test

Practise using the quick ways to spot whether a number is divisible by the digits two to nine.

Dump-A-Dice Race

Dump-A-Dice Race

An online board game for two players involving prime and square numbers and making choices.

Eleven In Your Head

Eleven In Your Head

Multiply numbers by eleven in your head.

Estimation Golf

Estimation Golf

Play a round of golf using your estimation skills rather than golf clubs.

Expedite

Expedite

Drag the numbered cards to produce a multiplication fact. Complete twenty mixed times tables questions to earn a trophy.

Fast Factors

Fast Factors

How quickly can you arrange the cards to match the times tables?

Flash Tables

Flash Tables

A never ending sequence of times tables questions to be projected on to a whiteboard or screen.

Furthermore

Furthermore

A self-marking exercise on counting forwards or backwards in tens, hundreds, thousands etc.

Grid Arithmetic

Grid Arithmetic

Fill in a multiplication grid with the answers to simple multiplication and division questions.

Hard Times

Hard Times

The hardest multiplication facts (according to Transum research) are presented in the form of pairs games.

Just In Time

Just In Time

Every 10 seconds a new calculation appears on the screen: A dynamic visual aid.

Know Your Place

Know Your Place

Without a calculator perform some calculations requiring a knowledge of place value.

Latin Square Puzzles

Latin Square Puzzles

Arrange the given digits to make a Latin square with the given row and column calculation results.

Make 1000

Make 1000

Use the numbers on the strange calculator to make a total of 1000

Masad

Masad

For each pair of numbers subtract the sum from the product then divide the result by 20 without a calculator.

Mental Strategies

Mental Strategies

Practise your mental arithmetic skills and learn some new strategies with this self marking exercise.

Mixpressions

Mixpressions

Arrange the cards to create a valid mathematical statement.

Nine Nine Nine

Nine Nine Nine

Use the digits 1 to 9 to make three 3 digit numbers which add up to 999.

No Partner

No Partner

Find which numbers in a given list do not combine with other numbers on the list to make a given sum.

Numbasics

Numbasics

A daily workout strengthening your ability to do the basic mathematical operations efficiently.

Number Crunch Saga

Number Crunch Saga

A lively numeracy game requiring you to align three numbers to create the given target sum or product.

Number Skills Inventory

Number Skills Inventory

A checklist of basic numeracy techniques that every pupil should know.

Numskull

Numskull

Interactive, randomly-generated, number-based logic puzzle designed to develop numeracy skills.

One Minute Maths

One Minute Maths

A challenge to mentally add numbers together without making the classic place value mistakes.

Pairs 240

Pairs 240

Find the pairs of numbers that multiply together to give a product of 240 in this collection of matching games.

Pairs Eleven

Pairs Eleven

Find pairs of playing cards of the same suit which add up to eleven.

Pairs Twenty One

Pairs Twenty One

Find the pairs of numbers that add up to 21 in this collection of matching games.

Percentages

Percentages

Practise calculating simple percentages in your head with this animated visual aid.

Perfect Magic Square

Perfect Magic Square

Arrange the sixteen numbers on the four by four grid so that groups of four numbers in a pattern add up to the same total.

Pesto

Pesto

Students classify numbers randomly appearing on the screen by holding up cards

Pick The Primes

Pick The Primes

Pick the prime fruit from the tree as quickly as possible. Practise to improve your personal best time.

Playing Card Maths

Playing Card Maths

Imagine you are on a desert island with nothing but a pack of playing cards. Do you have to stop learning mathematics?

Powten

Powten

Practise multiplying and dividing by powers of ten without using a calculator.

Quick

Quick

Can you multiply a number by 1001 in your head? This exercise provides practice in this and other similar challenges.

Quickulations

Quickulations

A mental arithmetic visual aid that displays random calculations then after a few seconds displays the answers.

Six Discrimination

Six Discrimination

The six button has dropped off! How could these calculations be done using this calculator?

Stamp Sticking

Stamp Sticking

Drag stamps onto the envelopes to make the exact postage as shown at the top left of each envelope.

Sum Game

Sum Game

A game against the clock to find the numbers which add up to the target number.

Sum to One

Sum to One

Find pairs of numbers that add up to one.

TablesMaster

TablesMaster

How fast can you answer times table questions? This activity provides feedback to help you improve.

Three Ways

Three Ways

Find three different ways of multiplying four different digits together to get the given target number. There are nine levels for this online challenge.

Times Tables

Times Tables

A collection of activities to help you learn your times tables in only 5 days.

Triplets

Triplets

Find as many sets of three of the available numbers as possible which add up to the given total.

Triside Totals

Triside Totals

Arrange the digits 1 to 9 on the triangle so that the sum of the numbers along each side is equal to the given total.

Tug of War

Tug of War

A game for two players or teams testing their speedy reactions to mental arithmetic questions.

Visualise Percentages

Visualise Percentages

If you can picture in your mind what a percentage looks like you may be better able to preform mental calculations.

Zygo

Zygo

Interactive, randomly-generated, number-based logic puzzle designed to develop numeracy skills.

 

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