Little Big Maths is a teaching method created by Ben Harding that makes Maths progress in Early Years 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 press on progression within the context of the 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, but can also be implemented in isolation.
Big Maths therefore, provides a rigorous, systematic and structured approach that gives the school leader instantaneous organisation and alignment. The Little Big Maths 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.
Little Big Maths is not based around a curriculum. A ‘Little Big Maths CLIC on your planning‘ document is available for England, Scotland and Wales to match Little Big Maths to your curriculum.
Little Big Maths is Assessment for Learning.