‘Big Maths’ is a totally new approach to the teaching of mathematics in primary schools, and Abram Bryn Gates is now a ‘Big Maths’ school.
‘Big Maths’ is based upon the principle that there are 4 core skills that lie at the heart of numeracy. These core skills form the platform for virtually all other maths skills and are affectionately known as CLIC (Counting, Learn its, It’s nothing new! and Calculations). Because it is so important for all children to make progress in all 4 core skills, ‘Big Maths’ involves teaching through the CLIC phases every day in a fun, engaging and lively manner. It provides children with a fun and lively experience as they learn with jingles, songs, games and the famous Big Maths characters. Our children learn through Big Maths every day and take part in a ‘Big Maths, Beat That!’ challenge and ‘CLIC’ test every week. This enables us at Abram Bryn Gates to easily and accurately intervene and plug gaps where necessary, and to prevent future gaps from developing as all children make their way up through the system. Our primary goal is that all children are able to achieve their year group expectations and extend their learning with confidence and success. All other Maths areas are taught alongside Big Maths, following the 2014 Curriculum.
‘Little Big Maths’ is a teaching method that makes Maths progress in the Early Years of the Foundation Stage easy and fun for children and for teachers. It follows the same basic principles that have made Big Maths such a huge success across the UK and internationally. Little Big Maths ensures there is a focus on progression within the context of a child’s play, self-discovery and personal learning journey. This framework is known as A-CLIC (Amounts – 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. It provides a seamless transition into the Big Maths programme.
Ask your child what they did in ‘Big Maths’ today!
To see the National Curriculum for Maths, click here.