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Mental Methods

There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Mental Methods. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Mental Methods Starters:

A Thousand and One

Develop a quick way of mentally multiplying any number by 1001.

Abundant Buses

A game based around the concept of factors and abundant numbers.

Add Quickulations

Calculations appear on the screen every few seconds. This mental arithmetic starter provides pace to the start of the Maths lesson.

Ancient Mysteries

This activity requires students to memorise fifteen numbers in a three by five grid.


How close can you get to the target by making a calculation from the five numbers given?

Division Quickulations

Random division calculations appear on screen every few seconds.

Eleventh of the Eleventh

Practise multiplying and dividing by eleven in your head.

Family Buses

Fit families onto eleven seater buses without splitting up the families.


If each number in a sequence must be a factor or multiple of the previous number what is the longest sequence that can be made from the given numbers?

Four Factors

Find four single digit numbers that multiply together to give 120. How many different ways are there of answering this question?

Four to Seven

Which of the numbers from one to twenty can you make with the digits 4, 5, 6 and 7?

Fractions Decimals Percentages

Convert fractions to decimals, decimals to percentages and percentages to fractions.

Get A Wiggle On

A mixture of calculations to get your brain working at the start of a mathematics lesson.

Know Your Place

Without a calculator perform some calculations requiring a knowledge of place value.

Mental Maths Quiz

A traditional twenty question mental arithmetic test presented as a PowerPoint presentation.

Mult Sum Diff Div

For each pair of numbers multiply the sum by the difference then divide the answer by 5.

Multiply Quickulations

Random multiplications appear on screen every few seconds.

Multiply, Add, Subtract and Divide

For each pair of numbers subtract the sum from the product then divide the result by 20 without a calculator.

No Partner

Find which numbers in a given list do not combine with other numbers on the list to make a given sum.


Which group of four numbers, arranged in a square, has the largest total?


Complete the table by calculating common percentages without using a calculator.

Positions Please

Stand at the point between the classroom walls to represent a given number.

Refreshing Revision

It is called Refreshing Revision because every time you refresh the page you get different revision questions.

Six Discrimination

An activity involving a calculator which is missing the six button. Can you evaluate the given expressions without using the six?

Strange Tables

A challenge to learn an unfamiliar times table involving decimals.

Subtract Quickulations

Calculations appear on the screen every few seconds.


Interactive number-based logic puzzle similar to those featuring in The Times and Telegraph newspapers.

Sum Equals Product

What are the numbers if their sum equals their product?

Table Legs

Learn an unusual times table from the strategic finger moving up and down the 'Table Leg'!

Table Spiders

Multiply the number on the spider's back by the numbers next to its legs.

Take Sides

Put up your right hand or left hand depending on the expressions that appears.

Team Age

Work out who is in which team from the information given.

Three Wise Gifts

Find as many sets of three of the available numbers as possible which add up to the given total.

Timed Tables

How fast can you answer 24 mixed times tables questions?

Triple Totals

Complete the sums using only the given numbers then check your calculations are correct.


Find as many sets of three of the available numbers as possible which add up to the given total.

Weather Report

Find five integers that multiply together to give a product of twelve.


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