Get your maths lesson going with a bang!
Each term, we provide 48 starters – enough for 4 per week for 12 weeks – plus 3 sets of 12 ‘Fun-Fair Friday’ tests.
Starters are categorised under key mathematical skills – see headings below.
ALL starters in Place Value and Number, Apply Known Addition and Subtraction Facts and Mental Addition & Subtraction are FREE to download. Others are only available to Friends and School subscribers.
In each download, expect starters further down the list to get slightly harder. Most starters include a couple of quite challenging questions!
Starters with an E at the end of the download filename are easier, as they revisit skills from previous terms.
Children estimate where to place large numbers and decimal numbers on a landmarked line. They apply their understanding of place value and decimals to read units of measurement from scales with improving accuracy and confidence. Children round whole numbers to the nearest 100, 1000, 10,000 or 100,000, and decimals to the nearest tenth or whole number.
Autumn: Placing numbers on a line (3) | Reading scales (2) | Rounding (2)
Spring: Place numbers on a line (3) | Read scales (2) | Rounding (2)
Summer: Locate numbers on a line (2) | Read scales (2) | Rounding, including decimals (2)
Children apply learned number facts to bring fluency to finding totals and differences. They add to the next multiple of 100 or 1000 and apply their understanding of decimals to add to the next whole number and next £1. Occasional ‘tricky’ questions will challenge understanding.
Autumn: Apply addition and subtraction facts to 20 (4) | Add to place value boundary numbers (4)
Spring: Apply addition and subtraction facts to 20 (2) | Add to place value boundary numbers (4)
Summer: Apply addition and subtraction facts to 20 (2) | Add to place value boundary numbers (5)
Children use their understanding of place value to add and subtract multiples of 0.01, 0.1, 10, 100, 1000; then apply this to add/subtract amounts of money. They practise mentally adding two numbers, choosing an appropriate and effective non-written strategy. They also rehearse mentally finding a difference, counting up from the smaller to the larger number.
Autumn: + and - 0.01s, 0.1s, 1s, 10s, 100s, 1000s (3) | Mental addition and subtraction strategies (5)
Spring: Addition and subtraction powers of 10 (3) | Mental addition and subtraction strategies (3)
Summer: Add and subtract powers of 10 (3) | Mental addition and subtraction for whole numbers (3)
Children recall facts from across the full range of tables, practising both multiplication and associated division facts. Challenging multiplication questions probe understanding beyond simple recall of facts, e.g. a multiplier is above the 12th multiple or a multiple of 10. Division is extended to calculation of remainders, including their conversion to a decimal.
Children rehearse their understanding of place value in relation to multiplication and division by calculating with increasingly larger powers of 10. They practise doubling and halving large numbers and decimals, applying skills when choosing an appropriate mental multiplication or division strategy. Across the year, children practise scaling up and down by a factor of 2, 4, 5, 8 and 10.
Autumn: x and ÷ by 10, 100 (2) | Double, halve, scale (3) | Mental x and ÷ strategies (4)
Spring: x and ÷ by powers of 10 (2) | Double, halve, scale (4) | Mental x and ÷ strategies (7)
Summer: x and ÷ by powers of 10 (2) | Double, halve, scale (3) | Mental x and ÷ strategies (6)
Children match and derive sets of equivalent fractions, which may include proper and improper fractions, mixed numbers and decimals. In Spring, children practise recognising and expressing fractions in their simplest form and are introduced to percentages.
Autumn: Equivalent fractions (2) | Fractions of amounts (2) | Improper to proper fractions (2)
Spring: Equivalent fractions (4) | Fractions and percentages of amounts (3)
Summer: Equivalent fractions (5) | Fractions and percentages of amounts (3)
Children identify and match analogue and digital times, including the use of 24-hour clock. They calculate elapsed times and time intervals, again using the 24-hour clock. In Spring onwards, they apply skills to interpret timetables.
The tests each have ten questions and are fun to do as children compete not against each other, but against their 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.
Autumn: Tests overview | Fun-Fair Friday Tests A-D | Fun-Fair Friday Tests E-H | Fun-Fair Friday Tests I-L
Spring: Tests overview | Fun-Fair Friday Tests A-D | Fun-Fair Friday Tests E-H | Fun-Fair Friday Tests I-L
Summer: Tests overview | Fun-Fair Friday Tests A-D | Fun-Fair Friday Tests E-H | Fun-Fair Friday Tests I-L
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