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Maths Curriculum 2023-2024

Parents’ Leaflets

World Maths Day – 19th April 2023

The whole school used the book ‘The Perfect Fit’ by Naomi Jones as a focus for our Maths Day.


This week in the Nursery we have been learning about 2D shapes. We have focussed on a different shape each day in our key worker groups and have looked at non- fiction book about shapes. The children have used sticks to make squares, triangles and rectangles. During mathematical snack time we talked about the different shapes we could see on the table. We could choose either a circle biscuit or a square biscuit. We learnt a new song about shapes.

We looked carefully for circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. We used the large shape construction to build a rocket. We discovered that we could balance shapes on top of each other.


Our challenge was to create shapes from the story using toothpicks and marshmallows.

We played a shape game too!

Year 1

First of all, we took turns being shape detectives. We had to feel a shape and describe it’s properties to our friends, who had to guess what the shape was. Some shapes were trickier to guess than others, for example a square and a rectangle both have four vertices but a rectangle has two long sides whereas a square has four equal sides.

We then had a go at making our own shape pictures just like in the book. We chose our shapes carefully to fit together the way we needed them too.

Year 2

We immersed ourselves in the world of shapes and patterns. We read the book ‘The Perfect Fit’ by Naomi Jones, which tells the story of a triangle struggling to fit in with other shapes. Through discussions, we explored the reasons behind the triangle’s challenges. After reading the book, we delved deeper into 2D shapes and discovered the concept of tessellation. Using the shapes, we created our own tessellations by tracing around the shapes and arranging them to form patterns. This engaging activity allowed us to deepen our understanding of shapes and patterns.

“Triangles are too pointy” – Mirabel

“A circle has one curved side and a triangle does not” – Daniel V

“A triangle has 3 vertices but a circle has none” – Dragos

“Tessellation is when the shapes fit together with no gaps” – Maddie

Year 3

Class Three have been learning all about shapes on World Maths Day this year after reading the book ‘The Perfect Fit’ by Naomi Jones. First we played a game, Jig Shapes, working out what shape or shapes we had on our card then describing it before fitting all the pieces together. Next we learnt about tessellation, shapes that fit together with no overlapping or gaps, and made tessellating patterns on the iPads. Finally we played Rope Shapes in a group. One person was the leader each time who gave the rest of the group instructions on how to make different 2-D shapes from a long rope. We really enjoyed learning about shapes on World Maths Day!

Year 5

We enjoyed reading the story ‘The Perfect Fit’ by Naomi Jones, which tells the story of a triangle who learns that it is good to be different from others.

Year 5 created top trump cards about shapes of their choice, identifying as many different properties of their shape that they could.

Year 6

We looked at the properties of 2D shape and created characters for a chosen shape. We used our knowledge of properties of shape including how to calculate area and perimeter to create a personal statement for each shape.

Exploring Maths at The Ryde School


In reception, maths learning is completed through teacher led activities as well as explore and learn time. The EYFS framework says that ‘Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically’.

Year 1

Year 2

Our parents came in and helped us with different maths activities relating to our learning this term. We completed problem solving questions, times table rock stars, identifying coins, adding three 1-digit number games etc.

Sorting and identifying shapes

We learnt about different 2D shapes and created shape monsters, making a list of the name and amount of each shape used. We also had a go at sorting the 2D shapes in different ways (by colour, sides, vertices, edges).

On Maths Day, we went outside and found arrays. We then wrote down what these would be as repeated addition and a multiplication sentence.

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

World Maths Day 23rd March 2022