After discoveing that all the 101 Mental Starters Book are all ****... I'd like to share some quick Numeracy Mental Starters for KS1. Hopefully we can get a thread full of our most successful starters. Here goes... > Bonds Game - Teacher suggests addition sum e.g. 6+4. The total is the chd.'s target i.e. and they must give other bonds to reach that target e.g. 3+7 or 2+2+6... Works a treat! > Magic Number - Teacher thinks of a magic number e.g. between 1 and 20 in their head and jots it on a post-it. Chd. have 5 questions to ask before they have to guess what number is. Chd. always starts by directly guessing 'is it 11?' However encourage them to ask careful questions such as 'Is it less that 10?' > To practice number bonds I choose a target number e.g. 9. I devise a grid e.g. 3 boxes x 3 boxes with the numbers 1 to 9 inserted randomly. Then I place post-it's on top of the numbers with the difference between the hidden number and the target no. written on the post-it. Chd. are asked to open all the boxes as fast as they can. So say for a target of nine, the post-it box 5 can be opened if the chd. can answer what 9-4 gives you. Long-winded I know but also works a treat with by Y1's. Add you're favourite Maths Mental Starters!