High Interest

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Work out the answers to these calculations in your head or on paper.

There are many uses for percentages in real life. Finding a good personal loan for example requires an ability to calculate percentages. Interest is the extra amount you would have to pay back to the personal loan company for borrowing the money. On the other hand you can earn interest by depositing money in a bank or building society.

Globe of Flags

This activity is suitable for students of mathematics all around the world. Use the button below to change the currency symbol used to make it more relevant to your students. You may wish to choose an unfamiliar currency to extend your students' experience.

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A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

Topics: Starter | Percentages

  • Fiona Ryan, Moonta Area School
  • I used this activity as a calculator skills activity for my Special Education class.
  • Transum,
  • This is your chance to get your students to practise the techniques they have learned. This really is a 'skill for life' activity and falls in the financial maths camp too. The ability to mentally calculate simple percentages is so useful but many students find their way through school without learning the tricks and tips. This starter needs discussing with the class when everyone has had a chance to do it. Strategies can be shared, misconceptions challenged and techniques refined.
  • Sandra C, London
  • I used this for a starter on one day, and on the following day, tackled percentages greater than 100% with a look at payday loans.
    We also looked at the difference between interest rate p.a. and APR.
  • Mrs Boyce,
  • School starts for us here is just two short weeks, so I am excited to make Transum a part of that school day beyond just the starters! I would like to say one more thing...I truly appreciate you making the little buttons at the bottom of the page that change pounds to dollars and such! It is fun to have the students see and learn the symbol, and talk about how it works, and how it compares to US currency. Then it leads to discussion about money conversion from country to country.

    Anyhow, I just wanted to take a moment and say well done! Your site is very well thought out. I appreciate your work very much.
  • Jenna T, Coorara Primary School.
  • These starters are really fun, our class does them every morning. This one was fun for our percentages, and I was the first to finish.

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% - This is the percent symbol.
Percent means 'out of 100'.

Find 50%:

As 50 is half of 100, then 50% means half. To find 50% of a quantity you need to halve (or divide by two). So 50% of 6 is 3.

Find 10%:

As 10 is one tenth of 100, then 10% means 'one tenth of'. To find 10% of a quantity you need to divide it by ten. So 10% of 800 is 80.

Find 25%:

As 25 is one quarter of 100, then 25% means 'one quarter of'. To find 25% of a quantity you need to divide it by four. So 25% of 20 is 5.

Another way of finding 25% of a quantity is first finding 50% then dividing the result by 2.

Find 33⅓%:

As 33⅓ is one third of 100, then 33⅓% means 'one third of'. To find 33⅓% of a quantity you need to divide it by three. So 33⅓% of 30 is 10.

Find 1%:

As 1 is one hundredth of 100, then 1% means 'one hundredth of'. To find 1% of a quantity you need to divide it by 100. So 1% of 800 is 8.

Find other percentages:

Other percentages can be found by combining some of the techniques mentioned above. Here are some examples:

If you need to use a calculator to check your working. See Calculator Workout skill 3.


Did you know that if you are struggling to mentally work out 24% of 50 you can switch the numbers round and work out 50% of 24 instead. Finding 50% is very easy isn’t it? You will get the same answer.

Finding a percentage of a quantity is an example of a commutative calculation. Not all operations are commutative. Subtraction certainly isn’t as 10 minus one is not the same as one minus ten.

You can use this trick to improve your ability to do this type of calculation quickly if you find the switch makes it easier.

Practise with 12% of 50, 4% of 25 and 75% of 10.


10% of £4.80 = £0.48 or 48p
20% of £4.80 = £0.96 or 96p
30% of £4.80 = £1.44
40% of £4.80 = £1.92
50% of £4.80 = £2.40
60% of £4.80 = £2.88
70% of £4.80 = £3.36
80% of £4.80 = £3.84
90% of £4.80 = £4.32
100% of £4.80 =£4.80
10% of £4.80 = £0.48 or 48p
5% of £4.80 = 24p
2.5% of £4.80 = 12p
1.25% of £4.80 = 6p
0.625% of £4.80 = 3p

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