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

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

P6 – Times Tables Practice

Hello,

As part of our progress in Numeracy this year, I thought it was important to remind parents that any extra practice on times tables carried out at home can make a massive difference when it comes to helping pupils with multiplication and division calculations.

I encourage and recommend that pupils are practicing times tables at home for 10 minutes in the evening time.  For that reason I have provided website suggestions below to help with this. Pupils are already familiar with these websites, so they know how to access the games.

I appreciate your support!

  • Sumdog – Pupils should know their log in. If not then ask Mr. Nelson.
  • Top Marks website – This has a range of mini games that offer an alternative to sumdog. https://www.topmarks.co.uk

Thanks,

Mr. Nelson

 

Head lice

Hi all,

It’s that time of year again where head lice makes an appearance! Could I ask that parents are aware of this and are checking their child’s hair if they suspect their child has them.

Please ensure it is treated at home until all head lice have cleared to prevent them from spreading. The best time to check for head lice is when your child’s hair is wet and by using a fine nit comb.

Thank you!

P6 Home Learning and News W/B 24th June 2019

Hi all,

Finally, the last week has arrived, although I have to say, this year in P6 seems to have flown past. Personally, I’ve found it a very rewarding and fun year and I most definitely look forward to taking this year group on into P7.

There is no homework this week.

Just a reminder that the P7 Red Hoodies (The 2020 red hooded tops with  P7 names on the back)  are now available to buy in the online shop. I know some of you have already ordered, so fingers crossed that they will arrive in the next few days!

Pupil Talks/Kids Teach – Just a few to go now! Well done to FrC/ DG , WL/LR and MBo and MBa for their respective presentations last week on ants, rock climbing, the ocean layers and map reading.

Term ends on Friday at 12:25pm.

I’d like to say a big thanks for your support over the year and hopefully the sun will shine for everyone over the summer! See everyone back, safe and sound, in August.

Miss Brunt

P6 Home Learning and News W.B 17th June 2019

Hi all,

There’s just two weeks to go! Nearly the final countdown…

**P7 Red Hoody – The 2020 red hooded tops with  P7 names on the back are now available to buy in the online shop.**

Spelling – There will be no new list this week as we have  dictation to catch up on.

Pupil Talks/Kids Teach – Just a few to go now! Well done to CK/FC and DR for their presentations last week. DR made a brilliant model of a hard drive which he used to clearly explain how to build a computer.

Topic – We have started a  topic on Space so if anyone has any books or resources to bring in, that would be great. We’re going to be looking particularly at the history and future of space travel and current technology/space missions.

Schoolwork home – Towards the end of the week, we’ll start to clear out trays and send relevant work home. However, there are some unfinished jotters with plenty of pages still left in so these will travel with P6 into P7 ( Writing, maths, handwriting, STEM and Mandarin). Can children start to bring  sturdy bags to carry their work home in please, say from Thursday onwards? Thanks.

Here is the diary for the week ahead:

Monday –  P6  BIKEABILITY for those who applied.   Bring bikes AND helmets please. A big well done to our fab Junior Road Safety Officers FC and EvC and ,of course, Mrs Welsh, for organising Bike To School Week.

Tuesday –     PE

Wednesday –

Thursday  – PE

Friday –

Thanks for your support,

Miss Brunt