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 (7)
2D shapes – identifying triangles and special quadrilaterals (9)
Addition and subtraction (26)
Algebra (3)
Algebraic fractions (3)
Angles – angles in polygons (9)
Angles – basic rules and parallel lines (15)
Angles – circle theorems (5)
Angles – three figure bearings (3)
Area and circumference (16)
Area and perimeter – compound shapes (11)
Area and perimeter – polygons (20)
Averages and spread – interquartile range (2)
Averages and spread – mean, median, mode and range (22)
Averages and spread – standard deviation (2)
Bases – binary/hexadecimal (2)
Basic numeracy (5)
Bias and fairness (4)
Binomial probability distribution (2)
Binomial theorem (1)
Box plots (1)
Calculator skills (16)
Cartesian coordinates (6)
Christmas (9)  New resource!
Circles (14)
Collecting like terms (9)
Complex numbers (4)
Composite functions (3)
Compound measures (7)
Conditional probability (2)
Congruence (1)
Constructions (3)
Converting units of area and volume (2)
Coordinate geometry (1)
Coordinates (2)  New resource!
Coordinates - midpoint and gradient (1)
Correlation (1)
Cubic equations - factorising (1)
Cumulative frequency (1)
Data collection and sampling (8)
Decimals (20)  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 (2)
Formulae and substitution (20)
Fractions – equivalent, mixed and improper (15)  New resource!
Fractions – fraction calculations (16)
Fractions – fractions of amounts (14)  New resource!
Fractions/decimals/percentages (15)
Functions (8)  New resource!
Geometric probability distribution (2)
Geometry (4)
Gradient of a curve (1)
Graphs - drawing graphs (2)  New resource!
Graphs and charts – bar charts (3)
Graphs and charts – histograms (2)
Graphs and charts – mixed (2)
Graphs and charts – pie charts (5)
Graphs and charts – scatter graphs (4)
Indices (16)
Indices – integer powers (5)
Indices – negative/fractional powers (3)
Inequalities (12)
Integration (9)
Inverse operations (4)
Iteration (7)
Kinematics in 2 dimensions (1)
Kinematics in one dimension (1)
Linear equations (19)  New resource!
Linear graphs – finding the equation of a line (13)  New resource!
Linear graphs – gradients (10)
Linear graphs – plotting and sketching (18)
Linear graphs – vertical and horizontal lines (3)
Loci (1)
Logarithms (9)
Maths in context (7)
Matrices (2)
Measuring angles (7)
Measuring lengths (3)
Metric units (10)
Metric/imperial conversion (6)
Multiplication and division (34)  New resource!
Mutually exclusive events (1)
Negative numbers (9)  New resource!
Non-linear graphs – circles (2)  New resource!
Non-linear graphs – general transformations (1)  New resource!
Non-linear graphs – natural exponents and logarithms (1)
Non-linear graphs – quadratics and cubics (6)
Non-linear graphs – sin, cos and tan (1)
Number patterns (3)
Number properties – factor pairs (5)  New resource!
Number properties – HCF / LCM (8)
Number properties – mixed (16)  New resource!
Number properties – multiples (4)  New resource!
Number properties – prime factors (8)
Number properties – primes (2)
Number work (7)
Order of operations (BIDMAS) (9)
Parametric equations (2)
Partial fractions (1)
Percentages – compound percentages (11)
Percentages – profit and loss (5)  New resource!
Percentages – simple percentages (22)  New resource!
Pick's Theorem (2)
Place value (3)
Plans and elevations (2)
Posters and displays (22)
Powers of 10 (5)
Prime factorisation (1)
Probability and statistics (2)
Probability scales (6)
Progressions – geometric (1)
Projectiles (1)
Proof (12)
Puzzles and games (17)
Pythagoras' theorem (13)
Quadratics – completing the square (6)
Quadratics – factorising and expanding (16)
Quadratics – solving quadratics (15)  New resource!
Quadratics – the quadratic equation (13)
Quadratics-quadratic inequalities (1)
Question generators (3)
Radians (4)
Ratio and proportion (15)
Real-life graphs (3)
Relative frequency (1)
Remainder theorem (1)
Revision (70)
Revision cards (18)
Rich tasks (33)  New resource!
Rounding and estimating (14)  New resource!
Sample space (4)
Sequences - special types (9)  New resource!
Sequences – nth term (16)
Sequences – term to term (12)
Series (2)
Similar shapes (2)
Simultaneous equations (12)  New resource!
Sketching curves (9)
Solids and nets – 3D geometry (3)
Solids and nets – 3D representations (2)
Solids and nets – identifying 3D shapes (8)
Spatial reasoning (2)
Spearman's rank coefficient (1)
Standard form (8)
Statistical indexes (2)
Substitution (6)
Surds (9)
Symmetry (5)
Tessellation (1)
The number e (1)
Theoretical probability (17)
Time, timetables and planning (3)
Transformations - rotation (2)
Transformations - translation (1)
Transformations of functions (9)
Transformations – enlargement (4)
Transformations – mixed (9)
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)  New resource!
Types of numbers (11)  New resource!
Use of a calculator (13)
Using scales (1)
Vectors (5)
Venn diagrams (1)
Volume and surface area (13)

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