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FREE Maths Mental/Oral Starters

Ruth Merttens By Ruth Merttens

Get your maths lesson going with a brilliant interactive starter.

Get your maths lesson going with a brilliant starter which engages children’s maths brains, rehearses lesson-specific skills, or keeps key skills simmering. A short burst of buzzy, appealing, quick-fire question-and-answers gets children properly limbered up and ready to learn.

Single years: Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4 | Year 5 | Year 6
Mixed years: Year 1/2 | Year 3/4 | Year 5/6

Free to all teachers, for each year group we provide:

  • A bank of 12 weeks of starters available under Key Skill headings
  • A set of fun ‘quick-fire tests’, so children can find out if they have beaten their personal best scores each week

Helping children who struggle
These starters can also be used as the basis for a small group activity, where an adult is helping to rehearse a key skill with children who are struggling. Fun, engaging and comprehensive, they can be used to facilitate discussion and enable practice.