‘Big Maths’ is a scheme designed as a daily programme of mental maths, with a strong emphasis on learning key number facts and developing mental agility. It develops and embeds core skills to ensure pupils can apply these confidently to solve problems.
We have decided to adopt the ‘Big Maths’ approach in our lessons in order to improve arithmetic skills and fluency across the school. The scheme provides a clear progression of skills from year to year and ensures consistent use of methods and vocabulary throughout the school. At each stage, prior learning is developed and ensures children are secure in their knowledge.
The approach is fun and engaging as many concepts are taught with the help of a range of characters.
Objectives are clearly matched to the new curriculum. Pupils across all year groups will be challenged to learn key facts known as ‘Learn Its’ and these will be tested weekly. They are encouraged to ‘Beat That’, as they try to improve their score or time from the previous week.
A 'Learn It' is a number fact learnt so well that it can be recalled instantly. There are 72 Learn Its in total. 36 addition facts and 36 multiplication facts. The breakdown of these 72 Learn Its by year group is shown below.
‘Learn Its’ by Year Group:
• Reception – Doubles of 1, 2,3,4,5, and 2+1 = 3 and 2+3 = 5
• Year 1 – Doubles of 6,7,8,9, and numbers which make 10 (2+8, 7+3)
• Year 2- Remainder of 1 digit + 1 digit facts (e.g. 9+7=16)
• Year 3 – focus on x3, x4, x9 tables facts
• Year 4 – the six remaining facts (6x6, 6x7, 6x8, 7x7, 7x8, 8x8) and 36 Addition Learn Its
• Year 5 and 6 - all 72 Learn Its.
36 Addition Learn Its
36 Multiplication Learn Its
A comprehensive guide to Big Maths and how it is used to support our pupils can be found below.