Know Your Place

A Maths Starter Of The Day

Know Your Place

Here are some calculations for you.
Can you figure out the answers in your head?
No calculator allowed.

9 x 50300 x 2020 x 3000
5 x 0.50.2 x 0.70.1 x 0.07
6 ÷ 6063 ÷ 0.942 ÷ 0.06


Topics: Starter | Mental Methods | Place Value

  • Sue J, Llanidloes
  • Excellent I use these regularly
  • Mr Clarkson, Newbury High School
  • Yes these are very effective. Gets my lot thinking. However it would of been better if there was a timer. But I just time my lot myself. [A countdown timer has now been added, thanks for the suggestion - Transum]
  • Isagon, Martham Norfolk
  • I find starter of the day is very good and this one was quiet easy.
  • JJ, Sussex
  • Too easy could do with some harder calculations.

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