## Big Maths and Learn-its number progression across all stages

BIG Maths is a teaching approach that makes progress in maths easy and fun. BIG Maths has been extremely successful both nationally and internationally with thousands of children learning through daily BIG Maths ‘CLIC’ sessions and the weekly ‘Beat That!’ challenges.

Big Maths firstly answers the question, ‘How do we get children properly numerate as they journey through school?’ It provides us with an accurate and simple, but highly effective, framework that guarantees numeracy progress. This framework is known as CLIC (Counting, Learn Its, It’s Nothing New and Calculation) and is characterised by accurate steps of progression (known as Progress Drives) that make new learning easy and obvious to children by cashing in on the timeless natural laws of Maths.
BIG Maths is therefore a rigorous, systematic and structured approach that provides children with a fun and lively experience as they learn through jingles, songs, games and the BIG Maths characters.

Big Maths puts the child at the
heart of the learning experience.

Don’t be surprised if your children come home talking about Clic, Pom, Pim, Squigglesworth or Count Fourways.

Big Maths helps children to understand the links between core numeracy (the basic principles that underly all maths) and outer numeracy which is the application of these core principles.

# C L I C Sessions

CLIC stands for ‘Counting’, ‘Learn Its’, ‘It’s Nothing New’ and ‘Calculation’. Maths lessons contain each of these elements.

Counting:

Children will count forwards and backwards in all kinds of steps depending on their level e.g. in 1s, 2s, 3s, 6s or even 25s! When practising counting at home with your child, make sure you go forwards and backwards. Don’t always start at 0 – make sure they can count on from 75 to 106 for example.

‘Learn Its’:

‘Learn Its’ are addition facts and times tables facts. There are 72 Learns Its in total; 36 addition Learn Its and 36 multiplication Learn Its. These are facts that children need to learn off by heart, so when they are asked ‘What is 6+4 ?’ they are able to give the answer as quickly as they would be able to tell you their name. As soon as they know 3×5=15 they also know 5×3=15 (This is known as a ‘Switcher’).  It is expected that Pupils will know all their times tables by the end of P5 so we need your help with this!  HAVE A LOOK AT OUR LEARN – ITS PROGRESSION TO SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP AT HOME.

It’s Nothing New:

This is the most important aspect of CLIC. It is the way children become successful andproperly numerate. The idea that 5-things and 3-things are always 8-things is a fundamental concept. Once children understand this concept, we can change the ‘thing’ to other units, e.g. ‘tens’, so that 5 tens + 3 tens = 8 tens. Children begin to learn the concept by counting random unit e.g. bananas, aliens, cats etc. It then becomes much easier to use standard

measures such as ml, m, cm, kg, whilst understanding the underlying number concepts.

Strange phrases such as ‘Jigsaw Numbers’, ‘Smile Multiplication’ and ‘Where’s Mully?’ are all part of this section of Big Maths.

Calculation:

This aspect of CLIC is when the teacher will focus on developing the children’s understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Big Maths maps out which steps children should do in a clear order and helps teachers to identify where to go back to if a child needs extra support.

Let’s meet some of the
BIG Maths Characters!

Big Maths Beat That is a weekly timed test of your child’s Learn Its. The aim is to improve their individual score each time!

Here is an example:

## P6 – Information

Hi everyone,

Information for the remainder of the week beg: 7.10.19

Harvest donations

P1 and P2 are having their harvest assembly on Friday 11th October and any donations must be in school by no later than Friday morning. All donations will be greatly received.

Card designs

• The annual card design activity is upon us. Children will design a card at school and bring it home for you to view and order a set of cards if you wish. This is a great fundraiser for our school.
• The cards must be returned to school with the exact amount of money to cover the cost and inside an envelope or poly pocket. The school office is not able to provide change.

Thursday

• Parent/Pupil/Teacher Learning trios – child must attend.

Friday

• School finishes at 12:25 pm for the October break.
• Pupils resume Wednesday 23rd

Thanks for your support,

Mr. Nelson

## P5 Homework and information 9.10.19

This week pupils will have spelling homework and reading every day as usual.  Please remember to look in their blue homework diaries for their homework.  Spelling words (issued Monday and due Friday) should be written 3 times and sentences written for each word (in their purple jotter).  These can be silly sentences or stories too!

Maths – No maths sheets home this week but pupils should continue with their SUMDOG challenge – their log ins can be found in their blue homework diaries.  Also pupils should continue number bonds (quick fire recall) and times tables – being able to recite and answer random facts out of order.  Your help with this is much appreciates as we continue to work on short division where multiplication knowledge is essential.

PLEASE CAN ALL PUPILS HAVE A FULL CHANGE OF PE KIT (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

HOPETOUN HOUSE payment and slips have been handed out (trip date is Oct 30th)

HARVEST ASSEMBLY – This friday, P1 and P2 are collecting for Womens’ Aid, all donations to be in school by Fri mornning.

Once again, we look forward to seeing learners and parent/carers at our learning trio meetings on Thursday.

Have a relaxing break and remember pupils  return to school on Wednesday 23rd October.

## P4 Homework w/b 07.10.19

Homework

• Spelling: there will be no spelling homework sent home this week due to the October holiday
• Numeracy & Maths: there will be an adding activity sheet to complete this week to reinforce classroom learning
• Readingmost groups will take reading books home to continue reading from class and this should be returned by Thursday 10th October

Thursday 10th October 2019 Learning Trios 3:45pm to 7.15pm

Please ensure your child accompanies you to this meeting as targets can only be set with all present (teacher, pupil and parent/carer)

Friday 11th October 2019 Break-up for October Holiday 12:30pm

Enjoy this holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back on Wednesday 23rd October

PE – Tuesday and Thursday

Many thanks,

Mrs Watts & Mrs Roy

## P5 Homework 7/10/19

Homework for P5 is as usual:

Spelling: Please see their spelling jotters.

Continue with Times Tables.

Other Information:

Christmas Card designs have been sent home for you to view and decide if you would like to purchase them. Please return the completed design and payment by Friday if you wish to buy it.

Harvest Assembly: P 1/2 are organising the harvest assembly again this year. Please send in any donations for the assembly by Friday. NO FRESH GOODS but any tins, packets, toiletries etc will greatly appreciated.

P5 will be taking part in a Science Workshop on Wednesday called Shiny Science, this is part of the Midlothian Science Festival.

Learning Trio appointments are on Thursday after school, please remember that children must be at the meeting too.

School finishes at the usual time on Friday when we break for half-tern. Children return on Wednesday 23rd December.

Wishing you all a restful break.

Lisa Cumming and Karen Hinton

## P6 – Homework – Week Beginning 7.10.19

Hello,

Homework this week consists of reading, spellings and a numeracy worksheet and this is due on Friday 11th October.

• Reading has been set for all reading groups. The book  title and the page numbers can be found in the pupils’ reading diaries.
• Spellings for this week have been copied into pupils’ homework jotters.
• Numeracy worksheets have been allocated to each pupil, with a focus on multiplication by 1 digit and 2 digit numbers.
• Times Tables. I continue to encourage practicing times tables each evening, as this will really help with class work on multiplication and division.

Thanks for your support,

Mr. Nelson

## This week’s homework (due Friday 11th October)

Good afternoon!

This week’s homework is our last before the October break. Similar to usual, Spelling/Read, Write, Inc. is due Friday, and Reading books are to be finished and returned on Friday.

If you wish to order the cards we designed in school today, they have to be returned by Friday at the latest so that we can send them away. If I don’t see you before Friday, have a wonderful and well deserved October break!

Best wishes,

Mr McGaff

## P2 Homework w.b. 7.10.19

Hi all,

Just a reminder that P1/2 are collecting non-perishable food and toiletry items for the Harvest assembly. If you have any donations for this then please bring these in by Friday morning. Remember we are performing the assembly at 11am on Friday morning and there is a limit of two guests per child in the hall.

Learning Trio appointments are on Thursday after school, please remember that children must be at the meeting too.

The ‘Teach your Monster to Read’ app is free until Tuesday on the app store. This is a fantastic app to help your child with reading and phonics! It usually costs £4.99 to download, so it’s worthwhile getting on your devices while it’s free!

Homework for the week:

Reading: Pages to be read have been written in green reading records.

Spelling: We are revising the sounds we have learned so far this term so there will be no spelling list in their jotters. Instead, children should write a few words with the following sounds in them – ch, sh, th, ng, qu, ar.

School finishes at the normal time of 12:25 on Friday for the October holiday and pupils resume on Wednesday 23rd October.

Thanks,

Miss Lauren Waller