# How Does Big Maths Work?

## Every Step of Learning

Big Maths was created to make sure every child becomes fully numerate. First, we identified every skill a child needs to secure before they move into secondary education. We then broke these skills down into the small learning steps needed to get them there.

## Get It… Then Use It

Big Maths ensures every child has a solid foundation of Core Knowledge before they start to use and apply it to wider mathematical concepts such as shape, fractions etc. Recognising the evidence of ‘Cognitive Load Theory’, Big Maths helps to manage the load and maintain balance between working and long-term memory.

We do this with CLIC in the first 20-minutes of your maths lesson. This stands for Counting, Learn Its, It’s Nothing New and Calculation and a child journeys through them chronologically before moving into wider maths in the remaining part of your lesson.

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‘Cognitive Load Theory’ has become increasingly recognised in the teaching community. Big Maths embraced this research over 10 years ago and some of the ways Big Maths incorporates this research are:

• Providing children with success criteria for every step
• Applying secured knowledge to increasingly challenging contexts
• Recognising the ‘CLT’ models for explicit instruction.
• Incorporating the ability to teach through enquiry-based learning

#### 97% of teachers say their pupils enjoy Big Maths

Big Maths planning describes a child’s primary mathematics journey in great detail and describes a minimum, yet high expectation, journey. The Big Maths framework is broken down into termly chunks that are linked to your curriculum’s expectations.

Getting the chronology right is key to a smooth journey. The Core Knowledge content is written in chronological order so that skills in Counting feed into Learn Its which feed into It’s Nothing New which, you guessed it, feed into Calculation.

## Expert Teacher Guidance

We have detailed teacher guidance for every step of learning in the Big Maths framework. The guidance highlights what to look out for and any mini progression within a step (think fully written 2 digit + 2 digit to doing it brain only).

The teacher guidance is also ideal for learning support staff. They can read the same guidance and feel confident working with a group of children knowing what they are looking to achieve. This guidance alongside our pedagogy is responsible for 2/3 teachers saying that Big Maths has improved their subject knowledge.

## Big Maths Beat That!

Each Big Maths Beat That! Challenge is made up of 10 questions with each question linked to a specific step of learning from the Big Maths framework. This allows you to immediately identify any gaps in learning and, over time, keep track of attainment and progress.

If a pupil can’t do something, you can look at the preceding skills to find a point where they can work forward from. You may also look at related skills from other Progress Drives to find a learning gap.

## Over 4,000 resources linked to learning steps

We are committed to saving as much time for teachers as possible, so that they can focus on what they love… teaching. Big Maths provides teachers with thousands of tailored resources.

Whether you need a Powerpoint for direct input or deeper learning activities, we have everything you need. So stop searching generic websites or creating from scratch and start accessing focused, tailored resources at the click of a button.