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BIG Maths

BIG Maths is a teaching approach that makes progress in maths easy and fun. BIG Maths has been extremely successful both nationally and internationally with thousands of children learning through daily BIG Maths ‘CLIC’ sessions and the weekly ‘Beat That!’ challenges.
Big Maths firstly answers the question, ‘How do we get children properly numerate as they journey through school?’ It provides us with 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 is therefore a rigorous, systematic and structured approach that provides children with a fun and lively experience as they learn through jingles, songs, games and the BIG Maths characters.


Big Maths puts the child at the
heart of the learning experience.


Don’t be surprised if your children come home talking about Clic, Pom, Pim, Squigglesworth or Count Fourways. They will be talking about Big Maths which is being introduced throughout Macduff Primary.


Big Maths helps children to understand the links between core numeracy (the basic principles that underly all maths) and outer numeracy which is the application of these core principles.


C L I C Sessions



CLIC stands for ‘Counting’, ‘Learn Its’, ‘It’s Nothing New’ and ‘Calculation’. Maths lessons contain each of these elements.



Children will count forwards and backwards in all kinds of steps depending on their level e.g. in 1s, 2s, 3s, 6s or even 25s! When practising counting at home with your child, make sure you go forwards and backwards. Don’t always start at 0 – make sure they can count on from 75 to 106 for example.


‘Learn Its’:

‘Learn Its’ are addition facts and times tables facts. There are 72 Learns Its in total; 36 addition Learn Its and 36 multiplication Learn Its. 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 3×5=15 they also know 5×3=15 (This is known as a ‘Switcher’).
It’s Nothing New:

This is the most important aspect of CLIC. It is the way children become successful and properly numerate. The idea that 5-things and 3-things are always 8-things is a fundamental concept. Once children understand this concept, we can change the ‘thing’ to other units, e.g. ‘tens’, so that 5 tens + 3 tens = 8 tens. Children begin to learn the concept by counting random unit e.g. bananas, aliens, cats etc. It then becomes much easier to use standard

measures such as ml, m, cm, kg, whilst understanding the underlying number concepts.


Strange phrases such as ‘Jigsaw Numbers’, ‘Smile Multiplication’ and ‘Where’s Mully?’ are all part of this section of Big Maths.


This aspect of CLIC is when the teacher will focus on developing the children’s understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Big Maths maps out which steps children should do in a clear order and helps teachers to identify where to go back to if a child needs extra support.

Let’s meet some of the
BIG Maths Characters!









Big Maths Beat That is a weekly timed test of your child’s Learn Its. The aim is to improve their individual score each time!

Here is an example:


How can you help your child? Sut allwch chi helpu?

Big Maths is a very useful tool to help children become numerate… but we still need your support at home.

  • Help your child practise their Maths at home – a few minutes a day is all you need.
  • Insist that numbers are written the correct way round.
  • Congratulate your child if their Big Maths score goes up!
  • Make maths a positive experience (Don’t tell your child you were no good at maths when you were at school – they will think they should be the same!)


For further information about BIG Maths,
Click HERE to visit the BIG Maths website.


School Term Dates and In-Service Days

The next school holidays will be from Monday 25th December 2017 until Friday 5th January 2018.

Find the dates for the main school holidays. There are other local holidays which will only affect certain schools. View local holidays or occasional days.

Term dates and holidays for the period 2015/16 to 2019/20 can be found in this printable A4 leaflet:

Main school holidays 2017/18

School Starts on Tuesday 22 August 2017

  • October – Monday 16 October to Friday 27 October 2017
  • Christmas – Monday 25 December 2017 to Friday 5 January 2018
  • Mid Term – Monday 12 February 2018
  • Spring – Friday 30 March to Friday 13 April 2018
  • May Day – Monday 7 May 2018
  • Summer holidays start Monday 9 July 2018

These dates are now available to download direct to your phone or computer (ics 2KB).

In-service closure dates for 2017/18

  • Monday 21 August 2017
  • Monday 13 November 2017
  • Tuesday 14 November 2017
  • Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Wednesday 14 February 2018

Occasional days 2017/18

View occasional days for 2017/18 (pdf 136KB).