Big Maths Beat That - Learn Its
Big Maths Learn Its’ are being used across school to improve mental maths.
In total, there are 36 addition ‘Learn Its’ and 36 multiplication ‘Learn Its.’ Each year group, from Reception to Y4, is given a set of ‘Learn It’ facts that they are asked to learn. The children need to know these facts instantly and be able to answer questions about these as quick as they can answer the question, what is your name? The aim of the ‘Learn Its’ is to ensure that by the end of Y4, children know all the basic addition and multiplication facts by heart so that they can be applied instantly to many areas of their Numeracy work. The children should also know the related division and subtraction facts.
Please help your child to learn these facts as they impact so much on their maths skills and speed of answering questions
Each week, the children will be quizzed on the ‘Learn Its,’ for their year group using a different Big Maths Beat That quiz (examples below). Dependant on the year group of the child, the quiz asks the children to recall a set number of facts, in a set number of seconds.
Big Maths Learn Its are being used across the whole school.
The tests will be different each week, and a copy of the test will be sent home so you can see how your child has done. The aim is for each child to beat their previous score. It is not a competition between the class, but a way to celebrate each child’s progression. Prizes are given to children who are the most improved or who achieve full marks.
If your child is confident with the Learn Its for their year group, please encourage then to try the ‘Learn Its’ from higher year groups!
When the children do their Learn Its Quiz - they are played a song, which times them from start to finish.
A crucial part of doing the learn its is that all children do a little dance to get them warmed up!
Why not try doing the Learn Its at home, with the sound files below!
Ask the children to challenge their family members to see who gets the most in the set time
We would love to hear about any work you have done with the Learn Its!
Click below to hear the Sound Files
Why are Mental Recall and Times Tables Important?
Quick Mental Recall and knowing their times tables provides children with the opportunity to answer questions quickly and effectively. Often, when completing complex maths problems, children make errors with the calculation, rather than the process.
The Government will be introducing a statutory times tables test for Year 4 children during the 2019/2020 academic year.