Do the four calculations in the thought clouds then add your answers together.

347 young people are going on a day trip. Each bus will take up to 48 people. How many buses are needed?

Today Sassy spent £27 and yesterday she spent £65.
What is the difference between 27 and 65?

24 dancers raise £50 each at a sponsored dance. How much money was raised all together?

If Sissy weighs 99 pounds,
Sassy weighs 99 pounds and Elvis weighs 92 pounds; What is their combined weight?

Sissy Elvis Sassy

Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Problem Solving

  • Susan Jens,
  • This starter was great, I'd love to see more of this.
  • Class 6, Doncaster
  • This was was a very good starter.
  • Best Maths Class In Year 7 Is 7ab/m4, King Alfreds Collage
  • Everyone in our class thought that all the questions were really easy. ;) It was brillant no one will beat the best maths class in year 7.
  • Year 9, The Acorns Centre
  • This was a thought provoking and useful brain starting activity!
  • AB, UK
  • Good starters. Would like to have the answers too, so we know we are on the right track.

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  • Mrs K, Maths Cadets
  • We loved this. We had to read the questions carefully because each one was different. Great starter for a Monday morning maths lesson.

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Laptops In Lessons

Teacher, do your students have access to computers such as tablets, iPads or Laptops?  This page was really designed for projection on a whiteboard but if you really want the students to have access to it here is a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments:

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Fibonacci Day

November 23 is celebrated as Fibonacci day because when the date is written in the mm/dd format (11/23), the digits in the date form a Fibonacci sequence: 1,1,2,3.

You can celebrate by learning more about the Fibonacci sequence while embarking on the Fibonacci Quest.

Student Activity

Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89 ...


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