Inbetween Table

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1 x 3.5 =

2 x 3.5 =

3 x 3.5 =

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A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day


Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Number

  • Miss Gilleece, Boldon School
  • My 9A1 (act like yr 6 though!!!) results......
    Jak managed 61 times
    Alex = 58 times
    Callum = 55 times
    Bless them! They liked it being a timed challenge, my class are VERY competitive :).
  • Sue Hostler, Junior School In Kingston
  • My Maths group really enjoyed this challenge. I made it into a competiton and awarded house points to the winners.As Maths Co-ordinator I think the idea of a different starter each day is brilliant!
  • Mr. Kavanagh's 5th Class, Cork, Ireland
  • Laura got 24 x 3.5, Adam and Cormac got 17 x 3.5, Sarah C. got 14 x 3.5, Abbie got 13 x 3.5 and Abaigh got 11 x 3.5.
  • Miss Gilleece (again), Jarrow School
  • My very competitive 9A1 had 3.5 as their timestable and managed to do a staggering 75! The winner was Tayla!! :) Well done. Good starter!
  • Transum,
  • Don't miss the facility at the bottom of this page to change the times table and to change the amount of time allowed.

    Also at the bottom of this page is a link to TablesMaster. A popular online activity for students to practice answering times table questions as fast as possible. Students can add their name to the hi-score table or claim a Transum Trophy for their personal best time.
  • Y5 Top Group, St John's School
  • It was a nice thing that everyone enjoyed.
  • St Davids, Intro
  • Cool helped my class a lot.
  • P5-7, Midmar
  • Jessica got to 136.5 (without writing out the tables). Sula got 112. Sam got up to 49. Maia got 45.5. We will try this again.
  • Mariam, Maplewood
  • It was an amazing starter for my year 8 class, Jacob got 75 times and Angela got 69 times.
    I'm so happy and impressed.
    Great Starter.

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