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 (27)  New resource!
Algebra (3)
Algebraic fractions (3)
Angles – angles in polygons (9)
Angles – basic rules and parallel lines (16)
Angles – circle theorems (5)
Angles – three figure bearings (3)
Area and circumference (16)
Area and perimeter – compound shapes (12)  New resource!
Area and perimeter – polygons (21)  New resource!
Assessment tools (1)
Averages and spread – interquartile range (2)
Averages and spread – mean, median, mode and range (23)  New resource!
Averages and spread – standard deviation (2)
Bases – binary/hexadecimal (2)
Basic numeracy (6)  New resource!
Bias and fairness (4)
Binomial probability distribution (2)
Binomial theorem (1)
Box plots (1)
Calculator skills (17)  New resource!
Cartesian coordinates (6)
Christmas (9)
Circles (14)
Collecting like terms (9)
Complex numbers (4)
Composite functions (3)
Compound measures (7)
Conditional probability (2)
Congruence (1)
Constructions (5)  New resource!
Converting units of area and volume (2)
Coordinate geometry (1)
Coordinates (2)
Coordinates - midpoint and gradient (1)
Correlation (2)
Cubic equations - factorising (1)
Cumulative frequency (1)
Data collection and sampling (8)
Decimals (22)  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)  New resource!
Formulae and substitution (20)
Fractions – equivalent, mixed and improper (15)
Fractions – fraction calculations (17)  New resource!
Fractions – fractions of amounts (14)
Fractions/decimals/percentages (16)  New resource!
Functions (8)
Geometric probability distribution (2)
Geometry (4)
Gradient of a curve (1)
Graphs - drawing graphs (2)
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 (5)
Indices (16)
Indices – integer powers (5)
Indices – negative/fractional powers (3)
Inequalities (12)
Integration (9)
Inverse operations (5)
Iteration (7)
Kinematics in 2 dimensions (2)  New resource!
Kinematics in one dimension (1)
Linear equations (21)  New resource!
Linear graphs – finding the equation of a line (13)
Linear graphs – gradients (10)
Linear graphs – plotting and sketching (18)
Linear graphs – vertical and horizontal lines (3)
Loci (2)
Logarithms (9)
Maths in context (9)  New resource!
Matrices (2)
Measuring angles (7)
Measuring lengths (3)
Metric units (10)
Metric/imperial conversion (6)
Multiplication and division (36)  New resource!
Mutually exclusive events (2)  New resource!
Negative numbers (10)  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)  New resource!
Non-linear graphs – sin, cos and tan (1)
Number patterns (3)
Number properties – factor pairs (5)
Number properties – HCF / LCM (8)
Number properties – mixed (16)
Number properties – multiples (4)
Number properties – prime factors (8)
Number properties – primes (2)
Number work (7)
Order of operations (BIDMAS) (10)  New resource!
Parametric equations (2)
Partial fractions (1)
Percentages – compound percentages (11)
Percentages – profit and loss (5)
Percentages – simple percentages (23)  New resource!
Pick's Theorem (2)
Place value (3)
Plans and elevations (3)  New resource!
Posters and displays (24)  New resource!
Powers of 10 (5)
Prime factorisation (1)
Probability and statistics (2)
Probability scales (7)  New resource!
Progressions – geometric (1)
Projectiles (1)
Proof (12)
Puzzles and games (17)
Pythagoras' theorem (13)
Quadratics – completing the square (7)
Quadratics – factorising and expanding (16)
Quadratics – solving quadratics (15)
Quadratics – the quadratic equation (14)  New resource!
Quadratics-quadratic inequalities (1)
Question generators (3)
Radians (4)
Ratio and proportion (15)
Real-life graphs (3)
Relative frequency (1)
Remainder theorem (1)
Revision (72)  New resource!
Revision cards (18)
Rich tasks (34)  New resource!
Rounding and estimating (15)  New resource!
Sample space (4)
Sequences - special types (9)
Sequences – nth term (17)
Sequences – term to term (13)
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)
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)
Types of numbers (11)
Use of a calculator (13)
Using scales (2)  New resource!
Vectors (5)
Venn diagrams (1)
Volume and surface area (13)

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