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Year 1/2 Maths Mental-Oral Starters – FREE

Ruth Merttens By Ruth Merttens

Get your maths lesson going with a bang!

There are 48 starters – 4 per week plus a bank of 12 ‘Fun-Fair Friday’ tests.
They are categorised under Key Skills – see below.
In general, the starters further down the list of downloads get slightly harder .
Starters with an E at the end of the download filename are slightly easier.

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Counting and Times tables
Counting in 1s and in bigger steps; times tables

Children count on or back in 1s, being able to say the next number (one more) or the number before (one less) than any given number. They also rehearse counting in steps of 2, 5, 10 and 3. ‘Clever’ counting progresses to recall of multiplication facts for the 2x, 5x, 10x and 3x tables.

Downloads: Count on or back in 1s (5) | Count in steps of 2, 5, 10 and 3 (5) | Clever counting and tables facts (5)


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Exploring Place Value
Partitioning in 10s and 1s; comparing and ordering

Children partition 2-digit numbers into tens and ones. They read numbers, recombining the parts. They compare numbers and place them in order. Finally, they place and identify numbers on a number track, a 1-100 grid and number line.

Downloads: Partition, compare and order (7) | Place numbers on a track, line or grid (5)


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Addition and subtraction
Number bonds and pairs; unit patterns in addition and subtraction

Children rehearse number bonds to 10, applying this to add to the next multiple of 10. They recall addition and subtraction facts for 7, 8 and 9, then 17, 18 and 19. They recognise and identify unit patterns, using these to develop fluency in mental addition and subtraction.

Downloads: Number bonds and pairs (7) | Unit patterns (7)


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Doubling and halving
Doubling numbers to 20 and halving even numbers less than 40

Children rehearse known facts, e.g. double 6 is 12 and half of 18 is 9. They need to ensure fluency, recognising the simple doubles such as double 3, and identifying numbers that are easy to halve, such as 6. In two downloads, numbers are represented with coins to support understanding and to apply place value.

Downloads: Double and halve numbers (3)


Money, coin recognition, and telling the time

Children look at coins, practising swift and confident identification to £1, then £2. They rehearse telling the time to the nearest hour and half hour on analogue clocks.

Downloads: Coin recognition (2) | Tell the time (2)


Testing children’s basic skills rehearsed in Starters

The tests each have ten questions and are fun to do as children compete not against each other, but against their PB (personal best). Each week, they see where they have got to on the Fun-Fair Height Chart – which rides will they be able to do?
Choose a test to fit the Starters you have done this week. Download the Tests Overview to make your choice.