# A Maths Starter of The Day

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

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

Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Mental Methods

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• Without using pen and paper, completely relying on your mental abilities, how would you, as a teacher, work on this challenge? There are buttons below to change the range of numbers used in the grid. Does your strategy work for larger numbers too? This type of mental exercise builds abilities to cope with multi-step mathematical solutions required for more complex problems.

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