Category Archives: Year 3

Literacy and Mathematics

Students were presented with the story The Doorbell Rang. Each group was given 2 paper plates and a packet of biscuits/sweets. The story began with 2 children taking 6 biscuits each.
First, the students had to find the total amount of biscuits Mum had baked. Quickly students came up with the answer by using multiplication or doubling. They also pointed out that the children (from the story) took the same amount of biscuits. Students realized that the learning intention of the lesson was division (sharing).  The story continued with more children coming to the house to eat the delicious cookies Mum had baked.  Therefore, students had to get more plates and share the biscuits/sweets equally. After the story ended the pupils had to write down the division problems.  


This helped students understand the concept of division.

Submitted by Ms Miranda Cauchi, Yr 3.1 Teacher


In order to understand the operation of multiplication as repeated addition children took part in various hands on activities.   Students are engaged and understand better when using manipulatives.  As the photos show, they enjoy learning this subject. Maths can be fun after all 🙂

Submitted by Ms Miranda Cauchi, Yr 3.1 Class Teacher


The class was divided in stations.  Each station was given a container filled with the following: coins, pins, paper clips and butterfly pins.  Students had to write (on their mini whiteboards) how many they thought there were in each container without counting; thus estimating (guessing).

After, students were asked to say what made them guess that number (their observations).  Some noted that since coins are larger than pins they came to the conclusion that there were less coins.  Others noticed that even though two of the containers were the same, one was filled slightly more.

Finally, they counted the objects found in each container to check their estimate.  Furthermore they linked what they were doing in class with the outside world as they noticed that sometimes in competitions people have to estimate how many balloons, tickets …are there in a box. 

Submitted by Ms Miranda Cauchi, Yr 3.1

Fractions – One half Year 3.1

Each group was given some plasticine and cooking cutters.  Each member of the group had to divide his/her shape in half.  The students pointed out that both halves had to be of the same size and when they were once put together they made one whole.  Some students also realized that when the halves of the shapes are halved again they become quarters.  Then, each group had to cut the given paper shapes in half and glue them on their copybooks.

In another lesson, in groups, students had to tick whether the pictures of the given real life objects were divided in half.  They also had to divide other real life objects in half and draw an object/thing and hen divide it in half as well.  Students also did similar activities on the IWB. 

Submitted by Ms Miranda Cauchi, Yr 3.1


This week students have been learning about prepositions.  Two groups were given a supermarket picture and question cards.  The questions were about the position of things and people found in the picture.  Students had to write their answers on their mini whiteboards.  The other groups had to programme the Bee-Bot correctly so that it would stop on the correct picture according to the given flashcard.

Submitted by Ms Miranda Cauchi, Yr 3.1

Jam Sandwich

During the English Creative writing lessons students had to write instructions on how to make a jam sandwich.  First, students prepared the sandwich themselves.  Whilst preparing the sandwich, the students started saying the instructions orally.  They sued short simple sentences, bossy verbs and sequencer words, without even knowing that they to do so when writing a set of instructions.  Therefore they learned by doing.  After eating their delicious sandwich, the students wrote the instructions.

Submitted by Ms Miranda Cauchi, Yr 3.1

Science Lesson -Magentic Materials

Students had to guess which of the following objects are magnetic:  key, 2c coin, aluminium foil, scissors, plastic spoon and a nail.  A video abut magnetism was shown.  The class teacher asked the children if they wished to change their previous answer/s and give reasons for the change/s.  Afterwards, we used magnets to check which objects are magnetic.

Submitted by Ms Miranda Cauchi, Yr 3.1