A Maths Lesson Starter of The Day


Four To Seven

Which of the numbers from one to twenty can you make with the digits:

4, 5, 6 and 7

You can use any mathematical operations but you must use all four digits once in each calculation.

Example 20 = 4(7 - 6) x 5

Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Mental Methods | Problem Solving

  • Mr Kavanagh's Fifth Class, Cork, Ireland
  • Our class figured out half of the solutions. We would have gotten more but we ran out of time.
  • Alex Lee, NLCS Jeju
  • Thease are the answers from my Y6 student.
    5.square root(7-5)+(6-4)
    9.(6+4)/5 +7
    20.square root 4+6+5+7.
  • Mrs Milne, Strandtown Primary School
  • Our class really enjoyed this starter and as a class solved every one!

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Here is a blank grid to collect in answers from the class

4, 5, 6 and 7

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Juggling Numbers


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Laptops In Lessons

Teacher, do your students have access to computers such as tablets, iPads or Laptops?  This page was really designed for projection on a whiteboard but if you really want the students to have access to it here is a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments:


However it would be better to assign one of the student interactive activities below.

Laptops In Lessons

Here is the URL which will take them to a different type of mental maths activity.


Student Activity


Here is the URL which will take them to a similar 4 digit calculation challenge.


Student Activity


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