I have noticed several tweets asking for maths starters recently, so thought what better way than to help by having a Maths Starter Shed

## Countdown Conundrum Challenge:

Thanks to

Here are the timings:

Challenge 1: Start

Challenge 2: 2:17

Challenge 3: 3:45

**Paul Cowburn**@PaulCowburn for the inspiration. Here are a series of Countdown conundrums to challenge your children with. I will try and add more as these are a great tool for getting children to manipulate numbers.Here are the timings:

Challenge 1: Start

Challenge 2: 2:17

Challenge 3: 3:45

## Countdown Flash Game:

As if we do not spoil you enough we now have a flash countdown game for you to play...you can solve conundrums to your hearts content.

## 30 Maths Starters

A really useful pdf. with maths starters just like the one on the left :-)

30-maths-starters.pdf | |

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## Active Maths.

Many children enjoy learn better when the style of teaching is kinaesthetic, this booklet gives a range of ideas to help teach maths in an active way.

kinaesthetic_booklet.pdf | |

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## Maths Eyes Starters.

I found these brilliant pictures from the 'Maths Eyes' website (I have also added some of their resources to the 'Maths All Around Us Shed') so decided to share and use them here. They can be downloaded as a pack from below:

solveit.zip | |

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File Type: | zip |

## The Mall of Amazingness: Problem Solving

The animation is lively and engaging and will encourage critical thinking and problem solving in students. It shows a scenario where Sammy's Uncle gave Sammy a gift certificate for $50.00 to spend in a mall and Sammy is going to try to spend every penny. Sammy's challenge is to determine which combination of choices (Movie Passes, Arcade Passes and Recreation Passes) would help him spend every penny. Although this is American, the principles are still the same and could be changed to pounds no problem.

Note: Stop at 1:47 as the answer follows this.

Note: Stop at 1:47 as the answer follows this.

## Secret Agent Maths Starter.

A great idea this and it can be differentiated for any year group. You give each child an envelope and each envelope they have a special secret agent maths number. Upon opening the envelope they have until the music runs out to find the equivalent number from another agent.

So Rec/Yr 1 could be to find a matching number or a simple addition some that has the same answer.

Yr 2 - Simple maths problems that have the same answer or easier fractions.

And so on.

So Rec/Yr 1 could be to find a matching number or a simple addition some that has the same answer.

Yr 2 - Simple maths problems that have the same answer or easier fractions.

And so on.

## Maths Starter 1.

Solve the number problem.

## Maths Problem 2.

Solve the number problem.

## Downloadable Starter Resources:

Active Maths:

http://www.wirral-mbc.gov.uk/maths/Docs/kinaesthetic%20booklet.pdf

30 Maths Starters:

http://www.statisticsonline.org/subtangent/30-maths-starters.pdf

http://www.wirral-mbc.gov.uk/maths/Docs/kinaesthetic%20booklet.pdf

30 Maths Starters:

http://www.statisticsonline.org/subtangent/30-maths-starters.pdf