This resource contains ideal starter activities designed to engage students, make them think about mathematics and discuss their answers.
Pack One contains Largest and Smallest which requires students to choose three digits and make the largest and the smallest numbers they can. The task is repeated with four digits. Students should be encouraged to discuss what strategies they used to make the numbers, why they placed certain digits in certain places and to attempt to generalise their strategy for making numbers with a larger number of digits.
Putting in Order requires students to write numbers in order of size. Students should be asked to explain how they completed the task and what strategies they used. Ask students to write an algorithm or a flowchart to explain the process of ordering the numbers.
Appropriate activities in pack two include Roman numerals, Bengali numbers, Urdu multiples and a Chinese number puzzle. Students could be asked to explain the differences between the Roman system and the system we use. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each system? The Chinese number puzzle is to be cut up to make a jigsaw puzzle for students to reconstruct. Students need to understand how the numbers are constructed in order to say how the number 63 is written.
Pack three includes activities: Hindi additions, Panjabi numbers, Cuneiform numbers, Binary fractions, and Working in different number bases. A great way to discover whether students understand place value is to work in different number bases. This task can be used to identify misconceptions.