What is Big Maths:
Big Maths is a teaching method created by Ben Harding that makes progress in Maths easy and fun for children and for teachers. Big Maths has been met with huge success across the UK and internationally. Thousands and thousands of children now learn through Big Maths every day and take part in the ‘Big Maths, Beat That!’ challenge every week. Ben Harding now leads an Andrell team of qualified Big Maths consultants that offer high impact training to schools across the world.
Big Maths firstly answers the question, ‘How do we get children properly numerate as they journey through school?’ It provides 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 therefore provides a rigorous, systematic and structured approach that gives the school leader instantaneous organisation and alignment. The CLIC resources provide progression at a glance as well as progression in detail. This empowers all adults in the school to easily and accurately intervene and plug gaps where necessary, and to prevent future gaps from developing as all children make their way through the system with the necessary pre-requisite skills to meet new learning with further success and confidence.
Becoming numerate is a very systematic process and for too long now the Progress Drives have become the ‘hidden treasure’ of primary Maths teaching. Big Maths however is not just high on systemisation, it is also high on empathy. It provides children with a fun and lively experience as they learn with jingles, songs, games and the famous Big Maths Characters.
Big Maths IS AfL.
Big Maths and the New Curriculum
Big Maths is perfectly aligned to the new National Curriculum. With the heightened focus on core numeracy skills being at the heart of the maths curriculum, learning tables securely and early, applying existing knowledge into new contexts and the need to develop both mental and formal calculation strategies, Big Maths provides all the answers.
Further to this, Big Maths provides schools with instant whole school organisation and alignment, an agreed sequence of progression for every aspect of numeracy, a daily dynamic basic skills session, a weekly assessment focussed on the key learning points from the week, and engaging child friendly resources.
We are currently working on a new publication ‘Big Maths: The Column Methods’ which will be available at the beginning of October.
The new ‘CLIC on your Planning’ documents are available from the Free Resources section and show how and when to link column methods into CLIC progression. This will also show how the new National Curriculum statements fit into the CLIC steps of progression.