# BACK TO SCHOOL

## MATHS ACTIVITIES TO START THE YEAR

It's the start of a new school year. You have a new class that you have not taught before and you really want to make a good start. Do you get straight into the scheme of work or do you spend the first lesson laying down the law? Do you have a good idea of what the pupils already know or is it still one of the great unknowns?

## Introduction

• ### Equipment

There is nothing worse than finding we can't do today's construction activity because half the class have no rulers.

• ### Exercise Books

A diagram with suggestions for how the pupils should set out work in their exercise books.

• ### Homework Problems

Suggestions for how pupils can get help if they find they can't do their homework.

## What Do You Already Know?

• ### BTS (Back To School)

You have four minutes to write down as many equations as you can involving B, T and S.

• ### The story of ...

Be creative and come up with as many facts about a number as you can think of.

• ### Four's Independence

A clock face containing only the number 4. Can you make a clock face containing any other single number?

• ### Table Legs

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

• ### Strange Tables

A challenge to learn an unfamiliar times table involving decimals.

• ### Timed Tables

How fast can you answer 24 mixed times tables questions?

• ### Number Recall

Can you improve your ability to remember telephone numbers?

• ### Kim's Game 1

This is the Maths version of the traditional memory game. Memorise 10 mathematical facts then recall them as they disappear from view.

• ### Ancient Mysteries

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

## Produce A Display

• ### Wordles

Turn mathematical words into designs which will help you remember the meanings of the words.

• ### Rotational Symmetry

Draw a pattern with rotational symmetry of order 6 but no line symmetry.

• ### Graph Picture

Plot the given coordinates then join them up to form a picture.

## Mathematical Vocabulary

• ### Starting With

Write down as many mathematical words as possible that begin with a particular letter.

• ### Maths In School

Find mathematical words which can be made by using the letters in the name of your school?

• ### Vowelless

Vowels have been taken out of mathematical words. Can you recognise them?

## Extra-Curricular

• ### Freemason's Cipher

Find symmetric words in this ancient cipher.

• ### Siam Symbols

Can you work out what each of the strange symbols represents in these calculations?

• ### Happy Numbers

To find out whether a number is happy or not, square each of its digits, add the answers and repeat. If you end up with 1 the number is happy! How many other happy numbers can you find?

## Numbers in Words

• ### Numbers in words

Write out in words some numbers writen as digits (optional pirate theme)

• ### A Number

When written as a word or words what is the smallest positive whole number containing the letter 'a'?

• ### Letters in a Number

Questions about the number of letters in numbers.

## Calculator Skills

• ### Broken Calculator

Some keys are missing from this calculator. Just how useful is it?

• ### Four Gone

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

• ### Six Keys

Use just six calculator keys to make a total of 20. In how many different ways can it be done?

## Investigations

• ### Aunt Sophie's Post Office

Work out the number of stamps needed to post a parcel.

• ### Handshakes

If all the students in this room shook hands with each other, how many handshakes would there be altogether?

• ### Ice Cream

How many different ice cream cones can be made by choosing two scoops from six flavours?

## Play A Game

• ### Remainder Race

A game involving chance and choice requiring an ability to calculate the remainder when a two digit number is divided by a single digit number.

• ### Square Pairs Game

A game for two players who take turns to select two numbers that add up to a square number.

• ### Hexblock Hunter

The mathematical version of TV's Blockbusters game show. Find the mathematical words from the clues.

## Solve A Puzzle

• ### Zygo

Interactive, randomly-generated, number-based logic puzzle designed to develop numeracy skills.

• ### Nine Digits

Arrange the given digits to make three numbers such that two of them add up to the third.

• ### Trafalgar Square

Solve the number puzzles drawn on the pavement of Trafalgar Square in London.

## Revise A Concept

• ### Angle Chase

Find all of the angles on the geometrical diagrams.

• ### Vector Cops

Help the cops catch the robbers by finding the vectors that will end the chase.

• ### Satisfaction

This is quite a challenging number grouping puzzle requiring a knowledge of prime, square and triangular numbers.

## Start the Scheme

• ### Topics

Jump straight to the list of topics to find what is available for the first topic on the scheme.

• ### National Curriculum

This is another good place to find the activity that matches your learning objectives.

• If you know exactly what maths activity you are looking for you can search for it here:

Topics

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