Stair Perimeter

A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

9cm

5cm

10cm

11cm

Calculate the distance around this shape
(all angles are right angles)


Topics: Starter | Geometry | Mensuration | Problem Solving

  • Mr Jones, Wales
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  • I think that having a starter of the day helps improve maths in general. My pupils say they love them!!!
  • Mr Smith + whole lot of clever students in set 5., Derby
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  • As simple as it is, we spent 34 Minutes Debating on this!
  • Class 6C, Tamworth
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  • We really liked this one. After a few minutes we realised it was actually easier than it first looked!
  • Year Six, Tickhill St. Mary's
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  • We had answers ranging from 39 to 80-something, and a debate about how long some of the sides were, but the general consensus was that it was "easy"!
  • Belinda, Canada
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  • I just found this site today! One of my professional goals this year was to use starters in all my classes. I can't wait to start using them on Monday! They are just what I was looking for!
  • Miss O Connor, Ireland
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  • This is a brilliant site and the children are very very interested which I like to see.
  • Herons Class, Manor Court Community School, Chard
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  • Thank you for this puzzle, we have just realized how easy it is after about an hour of discussion.
    Please put up more.
  • Mr Gormley, St. Marys CBGS Belfast
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  • I have used this one a few times with pupils from ages 11-14 and it always gets them talking. Thanks. We always use Transum as our starters in this school!
  • Mrs C/ 9St1, Smithills Bolton
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  • 9XST1 from Smithills School
    70cm is the answer
    Great Starter .
  • Mrs H, Glasgow
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  • It would be very useful if the puzzles had an answer section (perhaps with a brief explanation).

    [Transum: Thank you for your comment Mrs H. You will see that under the diagram above there I a button labeled 'Show Hint'. Pressing this button reveals a method for working out the answer but for further reassurance, the numerical answer appears further down this page but only for teachers who are logged in to their Transum subscription]
  • Perton Maths Department, Twitter
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  • Sofia, HK
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  • This was a great starter. My teacher recommended us to this and it really helped me.
    Thanks!
  • Cosette MS,
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  • I immediately clicked HINT but later I realized I could have found that out on my own! :) it helped with a review!
  • Mrs K, Year 6 Maths
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  • We had just done these in our check up so we found it easy. It took us 3 mins to do it. 70cm is the answer.

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