Big Maths is an approach to teaching number that aims to ensure that children are confident with number as they progress through school. It provides a rigorous and progressive structure and enables children to fully embed key skills and mathematical facts through fun and engaging lessons. It is based on 4 key elements which make up each maths lesson: CLIC.

Counting – Counting is done in many ways including counting forwards and backwards in various increments; work on place value and reading and ordering numbers.

Learn Its – Learn Its are 72 number facts which are learnt. 36 are addition facts and 36 are multiplication facts; these are learnt in class and practised at home and are tested once a week in the Big Maths, Beat That timed challenge. 

It’s Nothing New – Children use a bank of facts and methods that they already have to solve problems and that each step of progress is very small; children will use and apply their skills and methods to a range of different situations and problems.

Calculation – This is often the main part of the maths lesson which focuses on teaching solid written and mental methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children move through progress drives which introduce small, focused steps of progress throughout the year.


During each lesson on number, the children will experience CLIC taught in various ways, often using colourful characters. Each child works on a list of Learn Its, appropriate to their ability, and these are tested each week in a timed test made up of several Learn Its from the appropriate maths level.

In addition to this, each class will complete a CLIC test once a week which is an untimed test made up of questions on several areas of maths. Each week the children enjoy trying to beat their own score from the previous week.