Big Maths

20th September 2016

At Tweedmouth West First School we are introducing a new Maths programme to improve the children’s mental maths and rapid recall of number facts.  ‘Big Maths CLIC’ is a teaching method that makes progress in maths easy and fun for children and for teachers. 

All children from Reception to Year 4 are taking part in CLIC each day.  The following information explains CLIC and gives ideas about how parents and carers can help with CLIC at home.  

CLIC sessions are fast and encourage children to work at pace and have maths facts instantly available, rather than counting on fingers.  

What is CLIC?

Counting – counting forwards and backwards in different ‘steps’, not always starting at 0.

Learn Its – These are 36 addition facts and 36 multiplication facts.  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 3x5=15 they also know 5x3=15.

It’s Nothing New – Allowing children to see that maths is all linked together.  For example, if your child knows double 4, they can use that to find double 40 with confidence.

Calculation – Using different methods to work out addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems.

Each day your child will take part in a 15 minute CLIC session, leading to ‘Beat That’ Challenges at the end of each week.  Children are assessed on their total recall facts (Learn Its) along with their core number skills (CLIC).

 The children have been grouped according to their ability.  When your child is ready they will receive a ‘Learn It’ to take home each Monday (number facts will be the same but in a different order for a number of weeks).  Learn Its focuses on addition and multiplication facts.  Please:

  • Help your child to learn the number facts at home.
  • Practise their ‘Learn Its’ - the aim is that they know the number facts by heart.
  • Learn Its are timed e.g. to be completed in 30 – 60 seconds depending on the step.
  • Ask your child to talk through the number facts and relate this to work they have been doing in class – encourage them to teach you!
  • Praise! Celebrate the successes.

Once the child has achieved success for 3 consecutive weeks they will move up to the next step. 

The programme has been very successful in other schools and has shown a significant improvement in rapid recall of addition and multiplication which is essential for life long skills.  I hope you will support your child through their Big Maths journey as this will greatly help them in their development of maths.

 More information will be given at individual class forums this term.

 Yours sincerely

 Mrs Poole

Maths Co-ordinator