BIG MATHS BEAT THAT!
The ‘Assessment Spine’ of Big Maths!
Every question in ‘Big Maths Beat That!’ is linked to a specific step of learning from the Big Maths framework. Every answer entered by a child allows you to identify any gaps in learning immediately. For every learning gap, you can easily use the preceding skills to identify where you need to provide support to plug the gap.
There are 3 challenges:
Typically, children will stay on a challenge for 1 term, improving their score each week as you teach them new skills. After ‘moving up’ to the next challenge, children will only score 3 or 4 on the new challenge. The beauty of Big Maths is that they understand this and will trust you to provide them with the skills to improve their score in the coming weeks, to allow them to move up again. We strongly recommend class celebrations for each child who:
- Beats their best ever score
- Gets full marks on a challenge
- Moves Up to a new challenge
You can print personalised certificates for each of these achievements, which we love to see shared using the #BigMaths hashtag on Twitter. Our Director, @AndrellCurtis tries to respond (with a certificate from us) to every tweet he finds each week (but sometimes he can be a bit late).
The Learn Its section of Big Maths focuses on learning and recalling facts (multiplication tables and number bonds). The ‘Learn Its’ challenges check children’s retention of these facts:
- Times tables
- Basic calculations
- Number bonds.
We call this section Learn Its because that’s what they need to do for each fact; Just Learn It!
Fun, Engaging, Empowering Assessment.
The CLIC Challenges
CLIC challenges focus on basic skills, building from single digit addition through to more complex calculations. For children to develop fluency in maths, the skills covered by the CLIC challenges are crucial.
The SAFE Challenges
SAFE challenges cover Wider Maths (the rest of the maths curriculum). This section includes:
- Explaining Data
Of course there is much more, but the simple acronym of SAFE is a great name!
Marking is Finished!
It’s the 21st Century!
Our Beat That! Challenges can be completed online, making them easy to complete and taking away the need to mark. The children’s scores are automatically saved into the system and teachers can easily access their results. The Learn Its Challenge page has been designed to ensure children can answer the question as quickly as possible. The faster they can answer it, the better.
For schools that aren’t technically able yet, we have you covered. You can print the challenges and input pupil scores in our quick and easy data input area.
Check Results for Beat That!
The Beat That! area of the site allows you to enter, edit and check scores for your pupils. If your children complete their challenges online, the results are displayed here automatically. These results inform our Learning Gaps tool, to aid your short term planning!
Track Your Progress
Our Tracking area allows you to see Progress, Attainment and much more for your class, groups or individual pupils. Senior Leaders can view all of the classes in school. Complete your Big Maths Beat That! challenges online to populate all of this data with zero workload.
A Comprehensive Approach to Times Tables
Big Maths introduces children to times tables gradually and in line with your primary maths curriculum. A new set of Learn Its are shared between teachers, parents and children at the start of every term so that they can be learnt and embedded by the end of it. It starts with 1 + 1 and 2 + 2 and ends with an ultimate challenge of all the number facts they have learnt at the age of 10.
Learn Its Number Facts
Includes Every Times Table Fact
Simplicity lies at the heart of everything we do in Big Maths. So, when we started to think about how we could ensure every child knew their times tables by the age of ten, we knew we had to think outside the box.
Big Maths takes the 144 multiplication tables facts and reduces them to just 36. You can do this because the Big Maths learning steps lay the foundation needed for children to recognise that 2 x 7 is the same as 7 x 2; It’s Nothing New. We also include 36 addition facts going up to 9 + 9.
This approach to learning times tables, and other number facts, gives teachers the confidence that every times table fact will be acquired by the age of ten and that a child has everything they need to apply these times table facts to other areas of maths.
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Big Maths is the way forward when it comes to teaching mathematics in your school. Contact us now to arrange a call to discuss how to move forward with the best implementation for you.