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The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

Problem Solving
Our skills in problem solving  have been developing well since the introduction especially of the new curriculum in 2014. Nowaday, children experience elements of problem solving in practically every session and we save big problem solving sessions to help our Immersive Learning topics. For example, the children in Y5/6 enjoyed a morning's session learning all about code breaking during their World War I topic in the Autumn Term.

Using and Applying
There has been lots of using applying of Maths in different areas of the curriculum at Ireland Wood; even at some afterschool clubs. At running club, children used and applied their maths skills every week to total runners’ laps and to calculate the distance they had travelled in total.

Murder Mystery Morning
Year 6 children were invited to attend a Murder Mystery Maths Morning at Ralph Thoresby High School along with the current Year 7 children. Pupils past and present worked extremely hard to investigate a range of different problems and find answers to solve the mystery.

Maths Morning
In July Year 2 children from all different schools were invited to attend a challenging maths morning. Children tackled tricky maths problems collaboratively to find the answers.

"It is fantastic to see how well the children at Ireland Wood School have been performing in their recent maths SATs. I must congratulate the teachers for all their hard work, as well as the children themselves of course, for making their school proud with such strong results. Well done, all."

Greg Mulholland MP

Maths Club 2020

Each Thursday, Mrs Amos opens her classroom at lunchtime for keen and eager mathematicians to come along and do some tricky maths - we really love to stretch ourselves and have explored looking at strategies with dice, drawing 3D shapes on isometric paper and also explored how useful bar modelling can be for word problems. We are looking forward to doing some algebra in maths club too!

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    Maths Ambassadors at Ireland Wood School!
    To help us celebrate all that we do in Maths at Ireland Wood, Y6 pupils were encouraged to apply to be a Maths Ambassador for 2019-2020. 
    Mrs Stringer and Mrs Amos received many applications and the following children were successful! Well done Team!
    RA - Maisie T
    RW - Charlotte
    Y1ST - Jna S
    Y1W - Anna S
    Y2S - Lola M
    Y2T - Haiden M
    Y3H - Jack A
    Y3O - Laura
    Y4PB - Kieran
    Y4P -  Laila P
    Y5G - Ellie F
    Y5P - Rosy
    Y6A - Millie OK
    Y6S - Lucille S

    Each Ambassador has been assigned to one particular class for the year, but they will all be involved in many other activities together throughout the year, assisting Mrs Stringer and Mrs Amos in making maths great at Ireland Wood!

    The role of the Maths Ambassador

    To share a love of maths with your given class.

    To celebrate achievements in the school/your class

    To introduce competitions and new ideas.

    To raise the profile of maths in school.

    To explain how we see maths at IWPS to visitors

    To lead activities relating to maths.

    To give the pupils in your given class a voice: to help them share ideas.

    To support other members of the school.

    NSPCC Number Day 2020

    On a Friday in February, the children (and staff!) were invited to 'Dress as a Digit' and contribute £1 towards the NSPCC, a charity close to our hearts at IWPS. Maths Ambassadors led 'In a Minute' activities in their assigned classes and Marshmallow challenges, among others, were held throughout the day. We all had a lot of fun exploring maths too, including two Maths Trails around KS1 and KS2.

    At Ireland Wood Primary School, we wholeheartedly believe that "The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathemetics." (Paul Halmos)

    We follow the national curriculum (2014) in all year groups, aiming to ensure our content builds on the skills of Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving. It is hoped that all children, whatever their capability, should expe
    rience some level of mastery in their maths learning.

    We have also elected a team of Y6 Maths Ambassadors, whose job it is to be assigned to a class/year group, to help and support the ongoing maths throughout the year. Assisting with Number Day 2020 was their first big challenge - and they were fabulous. More opportunities will follow... 

    If you wish to find out any more information, we would love you to come and find us!
    Adrienne Amos (Y6) and Louise Stringer (Y1)

    Maths Curriculum by yeargroup

    We thought it would be helpful to have a single document which outlines the objectives for each yeargroup. As teachers it is hoped that most children will be working at their appropriate level (at times some children may be working slightly below to help fill any gaps in their mathematical learning).


    We worked really hard with Adel Primary School, Cookridge Primary School and Iveson Primary School to create a set of amazing calculation videos.

    Can you solve the Maths problem before the time runs out? Watch the
    end of the video to check your answer!

    Iveson Primary School model how to add larger numbers using the 'column' method.

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    Adel St John Primary School model how to subtract larger numbers using the 'column' method.

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    Cookridge Primary School model how to multiply larger numbers using the 'grid' method.

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    Our very own mathematicians model how to use the 'bus stop' method to divide larger numbers.

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    Number Days at IWPS!

    Because National Number Day clashed with another event at IWPS, we decided to celebrate over two days. We invited the Happy Puzzle Company in to deliver some fun maths workshops and spent the rest of our days doing maths! Teamwork was definitely the order of the day!

    Maths Policy 2015