Ireland Wood Primary School
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Curriculum  »  Maths

"I am increasingly confident that the children leaving Ireland Wood School are much better mathematicians now, irrespective of our results in KS1 and KS2. But it is very pleasing to see how much our results are improving, in the light of all the hard work we have put into this subject over these past years. Well done children and well done to the teaching staff, too!"

Mr I. Blackburn

July 2016

What a year it has been for Maths here at Ireland Wood! Children across the key stages have been working extremely hard in Maths lessons, Maths days, problem solving sessions and in everyday situations by using and applying their mathematics skills. Here are some of the exciting things the children of Ireland Wood have been up to!

NSPCC Number Day
For NSPCC Number Day children were invited to dress as a digit and engage in exciting problem solving activities throughout the day. We had Key Stage Count-up assemblies where different teachers were asked to complete challenges in 60 seconds and classes had to predict what they thought the totals would be.

Problem Solving
Each week, every class works hard to solve different problem solving challenges. This gives the children opportunity to verbally reason with a partner to explain (or reason) an answer to a maths problem. Here are some of our Problem Solving display boards from around the school.

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.

Year 2 and Year 6
We would like to congratulate both our Year 2 and Year 6 children on their SATs results and for all their hard work this year. What awesome mathematicians the class of 2016 truly are!

"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

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.

If you wish to find out any more information, we would love you to come and find us!
Adrienne Amos (Y6) and Thomas Faithwaite (Y2)

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