Welcome to Big Maths
Welcome to Big Maths. Our exciting approach to teaching core Numeracy skills!
Several Mathematics lessons taught during a week contain an element of CLIC (Counting, Learn Its, It’s Nothing New and Calculation). This will help to keep the core Numeracy skills at the heart of every Mathematics lesson taught.
Let’s take a look at each element in a little more detail:
This part of the lesson provides the opportunity for children to count, whether this be forwards, backwards, from a given number, in multiples, in fractions, decimals or negative numbers. This is a quick, pacey start to each lesson. An essential skill that can help in all areas of Mathematics.
Children will have simple ‘Learn Its’ to learn each week. These will be provided in many different ways for the children to learn. The addition and multiplication facts are essential number facts to help in all calculation work. The additions will be simple number facts up to 9+9 and the multiplication facts will look at their times tables up to 9. Your child’s teacher may provide ‘Learn Its’ to be learnt at home weekly with their homework. You can help by working with your child to help them recall their ‘Learn Its’ as quickly as they can recall their own name. Children will have a quick, fun ‘Learn It’s’ test at the end of every week where they will be encouraged to beat their previous scores.
It’s Nothing New
At this stage children will be able to make connections between their existing Numeracy knowledge to other areas. Strategies such as ‘Smile Multiplication’, ‘Where’s Mully?’ and ‘Jigsaw Numbers’ will help with this.
Each of the four areas of calculation (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division) now has a step-by-step guide which is based on the development of the child’s understanding. This area is primarily about the children understanding why they do what they do to calculate an answer, and not just completing a written method with little understanding of the process. The traditional methods often leave children confused as to why they are working this way.