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Mathematics is a tool for everyday life.  It is a network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. We aim to provide children with a positive attitude towards mathematics and with competence and confidence in their own mathematical knowledge and understanding, giving them the ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.  We want to arm children with the ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.

Maths Long Term and Medium term Planning

To ensure consistency and coverage across the new maths curriculum, the school is using White Rose planning tools. These formats support teachers in making appropriate decisions as to the teaching and learning opportunities they are designing for their class.

Maths Policy

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Big Maths is a teaching method created by Ben Harding that makes progress in Maths easy and fun for both children and teachers. Schools up and down the United Kingdom and abroad now learn through Big Maths every day and take part in the ‘Big Maths, Beat That!’ challenge every week.


Big Maths firstly answers the question, ‘How do we get children properly numerate as they journey through school?’ It provides 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 therefore, provides a rigorous, systematic and structured approach that gives St Joseph’s instantaneous organisation and alignment. The CLIC resources provide progression at a glance as well as progression in detail. This empowers all adults in our 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.


Big Maths Characters


During each lesson on number, the children will experience CLIC taught in various ways, often using the Big Maths characters below.

Mathletics @ South Kirkby Academy

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Year 6 discovering the Nets of 3D Shapes.