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:

 

 

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

Additional Information

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

 

 

P4 Homework Expectation

Spelling Homework

Now your child is in P4, they will be encouraged to have greater independence and responsibility for their own learning. Therefore, spelling homework will be taken home on a Wednesday afternoon and returned the following Tuesday morning. This must be checked and initialed by an adult.

Pupils will write their spelling words on a new page of their jotter on Wednesday each week. At home they should use:

LOOK  THINK  COVER  WRITE   CHECK

Write out their new spelling words three times in neat columns. They should also complete a green activity card which will earn pupils 2 credit card points. An optional red activity may be completed for extra practice (and 1 credit card point) but is not mandatory.

Reading Homework

Reading will consist of a variety of activities including Literacy Circles, Novel Studies and individual reading tasks. A library novel will also be chosen by your child.

Maths & Numeracy Homework

Maths/Numeracy homework will be given out on a regular basis to tie in with what has been taught in class. This will be handed out on Wednesday to be returned the following Tuesday morning.

Topic Homework

There will be occasional homework for topic which may include individual research and class talks.

General Expectation

Please ensure homework book is covered. In P4 we expect children to date work, present their work neatly, and use rulers to draw lines.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Watts & Mrs Roy

Primary 5 Information week beginning 9/9/19

Numeracy

This week in numeracy we will be looking at doubles and halves within 100 (and beyond) as well as consolidating place value to a million.  For numeracy homework pupils have a times tables challenge card and there has been a learn its letter sent home (click here) to explain what areas of metal maths P5 should be working on and revising.  We encourage at least 10 minutes of metal maths every night to really boost numeracy skills and confidence.

Literacy

Pupils have reading homework most nights, it is important to hear your child read and discuss their reading with them.  Each group has spelling words to learn for Friday and their dictation test is on Monday.

Please remember to check your child’s homework, we encourage cursive handwriting and best work both at home and school.  If possible please sign their homework diaries.

SCHOOL PHOTOS – TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY – Depending on time taken etc.

Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th of September are a Holiday and In service day. Pupils resume on Wednesday.

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Hopefully our exciting news about our Zoo trip has made it home to you! P3 are very excited and looking forward to a trip at long last. Can I ask that all expenses are paid by Monday the 10th of June to allow us time to finalise staffing and groups.

Progress reports will be sent home on Wednesday of this week so you can share all the fantastic learning experiences p3 have had this year with your child. Also just a quick reminder that this Thursday (6.6.19) is our final parent drop in session. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning feel free to pop along for a quick chat. Additionally parents are invited to a short meeting at 4:45pm on Thursday after the drop in to share their thoughts and help us as a staff work and improve our vision for Loanhead Primary School. We would really appreciate your input and feedback.

Literacy

This weeks spelling sound is  ‘ie’ as ‘ee’ which can be found in ‘shield and thief’. Please encourage children to practise these at home.

This week the class homework is focusing on verbs, nouns and adjectives. Using old magazines, newspapers and comics children should hunt for verbs, nouns and adjectives and stick them in the correct column. If your child requires a glue stick or some magazines to do this just let me know.

Reading 

Hedgehogs – Anne Fine: The Diary of a Killer Cat

Tuesday – Chapter 2

Wednesday –Chapter 4 + 5

Thursday –Chapter 6

Friday – Chapter 7

 

Pandas – Shelley Holmes: Ace Detective

Tuesday –Chapter 1 and 2

Wednesday –Chapter 3 and 4

Thursday- Chapter 5 and 6

Friday – Chapter 7

Orangutans – The Spooks

Tuesday –Chapter 1

Wednesday –Chapter 2

Thursday- Chapter 3

Friday – Chapter 4

Tigers – Storm Castle

Tuesday –p1-8

Wednesday –p8-16

Thursday- p16-24

Friday – p24-32

Polar Bears – Red Planet

Tuesday – p1-8

Wednesday – p8-16

Thursday- p17-24

Friday – p25-32

Miss Ramsay and Miss Dickson

P3 Homework 27.5.19

As this week is help week children are allowed to come to school in sports clothing however please no football shirts, thank you.

Literacy

This weeks spelling sound is  ‘-ture’ as in ‘future and adventure’. Please encourage children to practise these at home.

Every child has been sent home with some cursive writing practise and revision of silent sounds. Children should complete each word 3 times in cursive handwriting. Please then get your child to turn over and write 3 sentences on the back using 3 of the words off of the sheet. This should also be in cursive. If you’re child is still working through the common words booklet, as I know some are, please continue to do so.

Reading 

Hedgehogs – Anne Fine: Nag Club

Tuesday – How it began and Lesson One

Wednesday –Lesson 2

Thursday –Lesson 3

Friday – Lesson 4 and 5

Pandas – Here comes trouble

Tuesday –Chapter 1 and 2

Wednesday –Chapter 3

Thursday- Chapter 4

Friday – Chapter 5

Orangutans – Dexter’s Dinosaurs

Tuesday –Chapter 1

Wednesday –Chapter 2

Thursday- Chapter 3

Friday – Chapter 4

Tigers – The Quest

Tuesday –p1-8

Wednesday –p8-16

Thursday- p16-24

Friday – p24-32

Polar Bears – Submarine Adventure

Tuesday – p1-8

Wednesday – p8-16

Thursday- p17-24

Friday – p25-32

Miss Ramsay and Miss Dickson

P5 Homework and Health Week w/b 27.5.19

P5 Homework:

Spelling Homework

Spelling homework will continue to be taken home on a Wednesday afternoon and returned the following Tuesday morning. Please make sure this is checked by an adult.

Pupils will write their spelling words on a new page of their jotter on Wednesday each week. At home they should use:

LOOK  THINK  COVER  WRITE   CHECK

to write out their new spelling words, three times, in neat columns. They should also complete a green activity card which will earn pupils 2 credit card points. An optional red activity may be completed for extra practice (and 1 credit card point) but is not mandatory.

Reading Homework

P5 are now on week 4 of their second round of Literacy Circles and are demonstrating some great comprehension skills during book group meets. New reading pages are written at the back of their spelling jotters with relevant role cards to be completed for their book group on Wednesday 29th May.

Maths & Numeracy Homework

Please continue to practise times tables for the ‘Times Table Hot Seat’ testing this week. We have been working our way through these over the year and are now ready to show off our talents – good luck!

Pupil Talk Homework

Pupils have all received their chosen dates and times of their second round of Pupil Talks (see slip). There has been time allocated during the school week to designing Powerpoints but this is not an expectation as posters and props work just as well. Please ensure you support your child in being prepared for their talk date as it really means a lot to them. Thank you!

Health Week plan:

08:50 Warm up in the playground to music

( Mon,Tues and Wed)

Monday

SPORTS DAY starts at 1pm. Weather permitting. Mrs Donnelly will make a decision by 12 noon if weather is going to be problematic for the events to proceed. Spectators welcome.

Tuesday

HOCKEY – DANCE- TAE KWON DO

2PM BIKE RIDE  for those who applied.

Wednesday

GUT BRAIN WORKSHOP – KARATE – CRICKET –  BASKETBALL – FUN RUN

Thursday 

BIKE to school BREAKFAST @08:30.

Tennis  (tbc)

Friday 

SPORTS SHOWCASE assembly ( CS/CY and MP/GM)

SUMMER FAIR starts at 11:30am.  P5 pupils, UNLESS PICKED UP, will remain under Mrs Roy’s care until 12:25pm and then they can make their way home as usual. Please stress to your child that they do not leave without checking in with Mrs Roy first so they can be ticked off the register. Thank you!

A busy week ahead but should be lots of fun!

Thanks for your support,

Mrs Watts & Mrs Roy

p3 Homework week 29/04/2019

Literacy

This weeks spelling sounds are  ‘-are’ as in ‘care’ and ‘share’ found on list 22 of the spelling sheet . As usual can you write the words out in your choice of format and then write three sentences for three of your spelling words.

In addition to this I am going to send home a common words work book which we will be working through one page a week for the rest of term. This is due to recent a assessment highlighted that a lot of children are still finding these challenging so this will be a big focus for us over the final weeks in p3… final weeks in p3, can you believe it?!

Reading 

HedgehogsThe Night of the Ticklers

Tuesday – Chapter 2 and 3

Wednesday – Chapter 4 and 5

Thursday –Chapter 6 and 7

Friday – Chapter 8 and 9

Pandas – Dangerous Trainers

Tuesday –p1-8

Wednesday –p8-16

Thursday- p16-24

Friday – p24-32

utans – The Great Spaghetti Suit

Tuesday –Chapter 1

Wednesday –Chapter 2

Thursday- Chapter 3

Tigers – What Was It Like?

Tuesday –p1-8

Wednesday –p8-16

Thursday- p16-24

Friday – p24-32

Polar Bears – Red Planet

Tuesday – p1-8

Wednesday – p8-16

Thursday- p17-24

Friday – p25-32

Miss Ramsay and Miss Dickson