There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Memory. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Memory Starters:

Analogies: Make more of analogies to help remember mathematical concepts.

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

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.

Kim's Game 2: This is the Maths version of the traditional memory game. Memorise 10 mathematical facts then recall them as they disappear from view.

Kim's Game 3: This is the Maths version of the traditional memory game. Memorise 10 mathematical facts then recall them as they disappear from view.

Mathterpiece: Memorise a picture made up of geometrical shapes

Memor Sea: Twelve numbers in a seascape need to be memorised in order to answer the five questions.

Number Recall: Can you improve your ability to remember telephone numbers?

Pi Day: March 14th is Pi Day. The third month and the 14th day relates to 3.14 which is pi to three significant figures. How many figures of pi can you memorise?

Shopping List: A quick quiz about five items on a shopping list written 40 years ago.

Index of Advanced Starters

Kim's Quiz

The traditional memory game played with mathematical statements.

The short web address is:

Transum.org/go/?to=kim

Feedback:

Comment recorded on the 14 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Trish Bailey, Kingstone School:

"This is a great memory aid which could be used for formulae or key facts etc - in any subject area. The PICTURE is such an aid to remembering where each number or group of numbers is - my pupils love it!
Thanks"

Comment recorded on the 9 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Mr Jones, Wales:

"I think that having a starter of the day helps improve maths in general. My pupils say they love them!!!"

Comment recorded on the 2 April 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs Wilshaw, Dunsten Collage,Essex:

"This website was brilliant. My class and I really enjoy doing the activites."

Comment recorded on the 25 June 'Starter of the Day' page by Inger.kisby@herts and essex.herts.sch.uk, :

"We all love your starters. It is so good to have such a collection. We use them for all age groups and abilities. Have particularly enjoyed KIM's game, as we have not used that for Mathematics before. Keep up the good work and thank you very much
Best wishes from Inger Kisby"

Comment recorded on the 10 April 'Starter of the Day' page by Mike Sendrove, Salt Grammar School, UK.:

"A really useful set of resources - thanks. Is the collection available on CD? Are solutions available?"

Comment recorded on the 10 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Carol, Sheffield PArk Academy:

"3 NQTs in the department, I'm new subject leader in this new academy - Starters R Great!! Lovely resource for stimulating learning and getting eveyone off to a good start. Thank you!!"

Comment recorded on the 1 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Phil Anthony, Head of Maths, Stourport High School:

"What a brilliant website. We have just started to use the 'starter-of-the-day' in our yr9 lessons to try them out before we change from a high school to a secondary school in September. This is one of the best resources on-line we have found. The kids and staff love it. Well done an thank you very much for making my maths lessons more interesting and fun."

Comment recorded on the 21 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Mr Trainor And His P7 Class(All Girls), Mercy Primary School, Belfast:

"My Primary 7 class in Mercy Primary school, Belfast, look forward to your mental maths starters every morning. The variety of material is interesting and exciting and always engages the teacher and pupils. Keep them coming please."

Comment recorded on the 18 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs. Peacock, Downe House School and Kennet School:

"My year 8's absolutely loved the "Separated Twins" starter. I set it as an optional piece of work for my year 11's over a weekend and one girl came up with 3 independant solutions."

Comment recorded on the 1 February 'Starter of the Day' page by Terry Shaw, Beaulieu Convent School:

"Really good site. Lots of good ideas for starters. Use it most of the time in KS3."

Comment recorded on the 3 October 'Starter of the Day' page by S Mirza, Park High School, Colne:

"Very good starters, help pupils settle very well in maths classroom."

Comment recorded on the 14 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Inger Kisby, Herts and Essex High School:

"Just a quick note to say that we use a lot of your starters. It is lovely to have so many different ideas to start a lesson with. Thank you very much and keep up the good work."

Comment recorded on the 19 November 'Starter of the Day' page by Lesley Sewell, Ysgol Aberconwy, Wales:

"A Maths colleague introduced me to your web site and I love to use it. The questions are so varied I can use them with all of my classes, I even let year 13 have a go at some of them. I like being able to access Starters for the whole month so I can use favourites with classes I see at different times of the week. Thanks."

Comment recorded on the 1 February 'Starter of the Day' page by M Chant, Chase Lane School Harwich:

"My year five children look forward to their daily challenge and enjoy the problems as much as I do. A great resource - thanks a million."

Comment recorded on the 3 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs Johnstone, 7Je:

"I think this is a brilliant website as all the students enjoy doing the puzzles and it is a brilliant way to start a lesson."

Comment recorded on the 19 October 'Starter of the Day' page by E Pollard, Huddersfield:

"I used this with my bottom set in year 9. To engage them I used their name and favorite football team (or pop group) instead of the school name. For homework, I asked each student to find a definition for the key words they had been given (once they had fun trying to guess the answer) and they presented their findings to the rest of the class the following day. They felt really special because the key words came from their own personal information."

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"A really awesome website! Teachers and students are learning in such a fun way! Keep it up..."

Comment recorded on the 26 March 'Starter of the Day' page by Julie Reakes, The English College, Dubai:

"It's great to have a starter that's timed and focuses the attention of everyone fully. I told them in advance I would do 10 then record their percentages."

Comment recorded on the 6 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Natalie, London:

"I am thankful for providing such wonderful starters. They are of immence help and the students enjoy them very much. These starters have saved my time and have made my lessons enjoyable."

Comment recorded on the 11 January 'Starter of the Day' page by S Johnson, The King John School:

"We recently had an afternoon on accelerated learning.This linked really well and prompted a discussion about learning styles and short term memory."

Comment recorded on the 8 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Mr Smith, West Sussex, UK:

"I am an NQT and have only just discovered this website. I nearly wet my pants with joy.
To the creator of this website and all of those teachers who have contributed to it, I would like to say a big THANK YOU!!! :)."

Comment recorded on the 16 March 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs A Milton, Ysgol Ardudwy:

"I have used your starters for 3 years now and would not have a lesson without one! Fantastic way to engage the pupils at the start of a lesson."

Comment recorded on the 9 April 'Starter of the Day' page by Jan, South Canterbury:

"Thank you for sharing such a great resource. I was about to try and get together a bank of starters but time is always required elsewhere, so thank you."

Comment recorded on the 12 July 'Starter of the Day' page by Miss J Key, Farlingaye High School, Suffolk:

"Thanks very much for this one. We developed it into a whole lesson and I borrowed some hats from the drama department to add to the fun!"

Comment recorded on the 24 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Ruth Seward, Hagley Park Sports College:

"Find the starters wonderful; students enjoy them and often want to use the idea generated by the starter in other parts of the lesson. Keep up the good work"

Comment recorded on the 17 November 'Starter of the Day' page by Amy Thay, Coventry:

"Thank you so much for your wonderful site. I have so much material to use in class and inspire me to try something a little different more often. I am going to show my maths department your website and encourage them to use it too. How lovely that you have compiled such a great resource to help teachers and pupils.
Thanks again"

Comment recorded on the 7 December 'Starter of the Day' page by Cathryn Aldridge, Pells Primary:

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I rate this site as a 5!"

Comment recorded on the 2 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Angela Lowry, :

"I think these are great! So useful and handy, the children love them.
Could we have some on angles too please?"

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"Thank you very much for providing these resources for free for teachers and students. It has been engaging for the students - all trying to reach their highest level and competing with their peers while also learning. Thank you very much!"

Comment recorded on the 3 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Fiona Bray, Cams Hill School:

"This is an excellent website. We all often use the starters as the pupils come in the door and get settled as we take the register."

Notes:

If pupils have immediate, effortless recall of mathematical facts their brain's working memory is better able to solve more complex problems. A pupil can exercise their memory in order that it can improve and this topic provides activities to do just that.

Pupils need to memorise their multiplication tables and other number facts as well as geometrical theorems and algebraic techniques. They need to remember the correct names for shapes, operations and processes and they need to know how to apply this knowledge to solving problems.

The memory activities provided are generally great fun if presented in the right way and provide variety to the other activities of the typical mathematics lesson.

Memory Teacher Resources:

Fractions Kim's Game: A memory game to be projected to help the whole class recognise basic fractions.

Circle Parts Kim's Game: A memory game to be projected to help the whole class revise the names for the parts of a circle.

Memorable Measures: This is a visual aid and printable cards to introduce a homework activity about measures.

Angle Theorem Kim's Game: A memory game to be projected to help the whole class revise the circle angle theorems.

Memory Activities:

Kim's Quiz: The traditional memory game played with mathematical statements.

Times Tables: A collection of activities to help you learn your times tables in only 5 days.

Pairs Twenty One: Find the pairs of numbers that add up to 21 in this collection of matching games.

Pairs Eleven: Find pairs of playing cards of the same suit which add up to eleven.

Algebra Pairs: The classic Pelmanism or pairs game requiring you to match equivalent expressions.

Indices Pairs: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of indices.

Pairs 240: Find the pairs of numbers that multiply together to give a product of 240 in this collection of matching games.

Circle Pairs: Find the matching pairs of circle diagrams and circle properties in this interactive online game.

Rotational Symmetry Pairs: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of rotational symmetry.

Pi-Mon: Memorise the digits of pi with help from some musical notes.

Screen Test: Memorise the mathematical facts in the video then answer the ten quiz questions.

Formulae to Remember: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test recognition for formulae required to be memorised for GCSE exams.

Formulae Pairs: Find the matching pairs of diagrams and formulae for basic geometrical shapes.

Mathterpieces: Memorise eight pictures made up of geometrical shapes then sort them into order.

Venn Diagram Pairs: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of Venn diagrams.

Memory Videos:

Transum's Memory Video

Maths Kim's Game: Kim's Game requires you to remember a number of items and in this version the items are all mathematical. Improve your recall skills by playing along with this three-part memory challenge.

Maths Fact Fluency: A four-step process for taking pupils on the path from acquisition to automaticity

Memorise the Multiplication Table: A quick overview of methods for learning all one hundred multiplication facts from 1x1 to 10x10.

Memory Worksheets/Printables:

Memorable Measures Notes: These are the printable cards to go with the activity called Memorable Measures.

Memory External Links:

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Venn Diagram Pairs

The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of Venn diagrams.

The short web address is:

Transum.org/go/?to=venn

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