Starters and plenaries

To avoid them getting lost in our main libraries, we've collected all our starter-type activities together in one handy place! Here you'll find collections of puzzles, team games, numeracy gems and other quick activities to kick off your lessons. Or to end your lessons. Or to provide a nice distraction in the middle. Or to impress dinner guests with ...

 

2D shapes – identifying polygons (8)  New resource!
2D shapes – identifying triangles and special quadrilaterals (11)  New resource!
Addition and subtraction (27)
Algebra (3)
Algebraic fractions (3)
Angles – angles in polygons (10)
Angles – basic rules and parallel lines (16)
Angles – circle theorems (5)
Angles – three figure bearings (4)
Area and circumference (18)  New resource!
Area and perimeter – compound shapes (14)
Area and perimeter – polygons (22)
Assessment tools (1)
Averages and spread – interquartile range (2)
Averages and spread – mean, median, mode and range (23)
Averages and spread – standard deviation (2)
Bases – binary/hexadecimal (3)
Basic numeracy (8)
Bias and fairness (4)
Binomial probability distribution (2)
Binomial theorem (2)  New resource!
Box plots (1)
Calculator skills (18)  New resource!
Cartesian coordinates (6)
Christmas (9)
Circles (15)  New resource!
Collecting like terms (9)
Complex numbers (4)
Composite functions (3)
Compound measures (7)
Conditional probability (2)
Congruence (1)
Constructions (7)
Converting units of area and volume (3)  New resource!
Coordinate geometry (1)
Coordinates (3)
Coordinates - midpoint and gradient (1)
Correlation (2)
Cubic equations - factorising (1)
Cumulative frequency (1)
Data collection and sampling (9)
Decimals (23)  New resource!
Differentiation (14)
Discrete distributions (1)
Dominoes, loop cards and treasure hunts (38)
Expanding brackets (7)
Expanding/factorising single brackets (9)
Experimental probability (6)
Exponential growth (2)
Factor theorem (4)
Factorising polynomials (2)
Forces (3)
Formulae and substitution (20)
Fractions – equivalent, mixed and improper (17)
Fractions – fraction calculations (18)
Fractions – fractions of amounts (18)  New resource!
Fractions/decimals/percentages (16)
Functions (9)
Geometric probability distribution (2)
Geometry (4)
Gradient of a curve (1)
Graphs - drawing graphs (2)
Graphs and charts – bar charts (5)  New resource!
Graphs and charts – histograms (2)
Graphs and charts – mixed (2)
Graphs and charts – pie charts (6)  New resource!
Graphs and charts – scatter graphs (5)
Indices (18)
Indices – integer powers (6)
Indices – negative/fractional powers (6)
Inequalities (13)
Integration (10)  New resource!
Inverse operations (5)
Iteration (8)
Kinematics in 2 dimensions (2)
Kinematics in one dimension (1)
Linear equations (21)
Linear graphs – finding the equation of a line (14)  New resource!
Linear graphs – gradients (11)  New resource!
Linear graphs – plotting and sketching (20)  New resource!
Linear graphs – vertical and horizontal lines (4)  New resource!
Loci (3)
Logarithms (10)
Maths in context (16)  New resource!
Matrices (2)
Measuring angles (7)
Measuring lengths (3)
Metric units (11)  New resource!
Metric/imperial conversion (6)
Multiplication and division (37)
Mutually exclusive events (2)
Negative numbers (11)  New resource!
Non-linear graphs – circles (2)
Non-linear graphs – general transformations (1)
Non-linear graphs – natural exponents and logarithms (1)
Non-linear graphs – quadratics and cubics (7)
Non-linear graphs – sin, cos and tan (1)
Number patterns (5)
Number properties – factor pairs (6)
Number properties – HCF / LCM (9)
Number properties – mixed (19)
Number properties – multiples (4)
Number properties – prime factors (10)
Number properties – primes (4)  New resource!
Number work (7)
Order of operations (BIDMAS) (10)
Parametric equations (2)
Partial fractions (1)
Percentages – compound percentages (11)
Percentages – profit and loss (5)
Percentages – simple percentages (23)
Pick's Theorem (3)
Place value (4)
Plans and elevations (3)
Posters and displays (26)
Powers of 10 (5)
Prime factorisation (1)
Probability and statistics (2)
Probability scales (7)
Progressions – geometric (1)
Projectiles (1)
Proof (13)  New resource!
Puzzles and games (17)
Pythagoras' theorem (14)
Quadratics – completing the square (7)
Quadratics – factorising and expanding (17)  New resource!
Quadratics – solving quadratics (16)  New resource!
Quadratics – the quadratic equation (14)
Quadratics-quadratic inequalities (1)
Question generators (3)
Radians (4)
Ratio and proportion (18)
Real-life graphs (3)
Relative frequency (1)
Remainder theorem (1)
Revision (76)  New resource!
Revision cards (18)
Rich tasks (38)
Rounding and estimating (16)  New resource!
Sample space (4)
Sequences - special types (11)  New resource!
Sequences – nth term (18)  New resource!
Sequences – term to term (14)  New resource!
Series (2)
Similar shapes (2)
Simultaneous equations (12)
Sketching curves (10)
Solids and nets – 3D geometry (3)
Solids and nets – 3D representations (2)
Solids and nets – identifying 3D shapes (8)
Solids and nets – volume (1)  New resource!
Spatial reasoning (2)
Spearman's rank coefficient (1)
Standard form (8)
Statistical indexes (2)
Substitution (7)  New resource!
Surds (9)
Symmetry (5)
Tessellation (1)
The number e (1)
Theoretical probability (17)
Time, timetables and planning (4)
Transformations - rotation (2)
Transformations - translation (1)
Transformations of functions (9)
Transformations – enlargement (4)
Transformations – mixed (10)
Transformations– reflection (7)
Tree diagrams (1)
Tree diagrams (1)
Trial and improvement (2)
Trigonometry or Pythagoras? (5)
Trigonometry – area of a triangle (3)
Trigonometry – sine and cosine rules (4)
Trigonometry – SOHCAHTOA (17)
Trigonometry – triangles and diagrams (11)
Trigonometry – trigonometric identities (7)
Types of numbers (12)
Use of a calculator (13)
Using scales (2)
Vectors (5)
Venn diagrams (2)
Volume and surface area (14)  New resource!

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