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.

3 x 20900 x 4060 x 9000
6 x 0.70.4 x 0.70.7 x 0.09
24 ÷ 4040 ÷ 0.536 ÷ 0.04


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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