Category Archives: Year 1

World Book Day

All class joined forced on World Book Day to celebrate the importance of books and to instill a love for reading. Teachers prepared a number of activities inspired by various books. Handa’s Surprise offered the students as taste of Africa and fruit that grows in this continent.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears helped kindergarten students to learn about size. Activities related to this book required students to sort objects according to size.The Ants and the Grrasshopper provided the set up for children to learn about ants and their importance in maintaining healthy soil.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears allowed kindergarten students to explore the value of 3 while learning about size. Children enjoyed preparing masks which were use to role play the story.Below is a short video clip of of the teacher narrating part of the story to her students.

We’re Going on  Bear Hunt was the book chosen by Ms Marija. Students enjoyed the story and then prepared masks and a collage, while role playing the story and sequencing the story.

 Ms Felicia made use of the book Buxu Jsib Teżor to capture the students’ imagination. Later the students enjoyed their fishing game while learning about value and sequence of numbers.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears featured in another class. During this session students role played the story and played a number of games related to this story including picture lotto, sequencing cards, sorting, etc.The Very Hungry Caterpillar, toegether with Beebot, helped students to enhance their literacy skills. Students enjoyed sorting the various food eaten by the caterpillar on the flannel chart.

After reading the story The Tiger who came to Tea the children created an invitation for a tea party. Afterwards they created different food items for the party using play dough. When the activities were over they chose a book from the library and spent a few minutes reading in silence.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar featured in Yr 1. Students had to retell the story while helping Beebot trace his way around in the correct sequence.Żaqqinu jagħżel x’jiekol… Żaqqinu Jagħżel x’Jiekol set the pace for a number of activities including a game whereby students had to select healthy and unhealthy food; role play showing healthy eating and physical activity; Beebot to match food to the place from where it can be purchased; reading outside the classroom; Maths lesson about counting in 5s / odd and even and Maltese lessons about “dik/dak/dawk”.

Students in Yr 2.2 discussed what would happen if fairy tales got mixed up. After reading a fairy tale twist, The Big Bad Werewolf students had 2 create their own fairy tale twists and share them with classmates.

After showing the students some books Ms Miranda used to read in both languages when she was young, she when on to read them a short story. Teacher read a fairy tale eBook to students. The students discussed ‘What is a fairy tale?’ and the elements of the story: characters, setting and plot. Students planned their story. Characters and settings word mats were given to help them out. They has to think about a good title for the book. Pupils read and wrote their story. 

Year 3.2 created their own book after discussing fairy tales and story elements as well as planning their work by means of drawing and/or writing. The children also created the front cover and some also included the blurb.During the day all students participated in 10 minutes during which they had to drop down everything and read a book.
Year 4 students enjoyed wearning costumes of their favourite character while reading out their favourite stories.

Students wore a costume that portrayed their favourite character of their favourite book. They talked about the title, author, illustrator and the plot of the story. They also read part of their favourite chapter and discussed with the rest of the class why this is their favourite book.Yr 5.1 students wrote alternative endings to stories. The stories were published using different media including drawing, online, etc.

Planning had started prior World Book Day. Students used tablets and the app Simple Mind to plan their work.

Finally the students used Lego story starters to build a scene from their stories and to create an alternative ending.Yr 5.2 students browse through various narratives. They made use of the app Simple Mind and their tablets to brainstorm ideas for creating their own story line.
During the last 2 months Mr Matthew was carrying out story telling lessons with his students. He read one his favourite childhood books Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls. Once the story was over the children prepared props from recycled materials to act out one of their favourite scenes. A wheel spinner with questions related to the story was used for students to reflect on the story itself.

Following curriculum time meeting with HoD, students choose a scene from the story Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls . The students wrote a script for the chosen scene and presented it to their classmates.The Year 6.2 students played musical chairs. Different books where place on chairs. When music stopped playing the students sat on the chair in front of them and read from the book resting on that chair.

Well done to all for making World Book Day a huge success 🙂


Alka Ceramics… A pottery experience

The year 1 classes of Ms Louise Cutajar and Ms Mathea Vassallo, visited the Alka ceramics. Our children were provided with a hands on experience with clay where they learnt how to make their own pieces. Students had also the opportunity to visit the Pottery Experience that consisted of a walk through the old workshop with life size figures, a video about ceramics in Malta and a tour to the musuem of WWII ceramic artifacts.



Promoting the use of Public Transport to save the environment

The Year  1 and Year 2 students have participated in an awareness campaign to enhance the use of public transport. The aim of this event is to encourage more people to make use of the “Tal-Linja” card and public transport to reduce traffic on the roads and thus reducing the impact of car exhaust on the envrionment. The students were offered to receive the Tal-Linja card for free.

Adding one…

The learning objective of the Mathematics lesson was to add one to a number, up to 10.

Students were divided in pairs and each pair was given a ten-frame and ten snap cubes. A number was given to them, and they had to count that amount of snap cubes and put them on the ten-frame, then each time adding another snap-cube to the amount already told. Finally they had to count the snap cubes together.

They were also presented with an interactive presentation. They had to add one more Gingerbread man.

With these two activities students learnt that when they add ‘one’ to a number ‘the answer’ is always the following number.

Children’s involvement levels indicated that they enjoyed themselves throughout this learning objective.

Submitted by Ms Mathea Vassallo, Yr 1.2 Teacher

Singing, dancing and acting along with Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The Year 1.2 students when for their first outing for this scholastic year on 26th October. At 9am the students, together with their teacher, headed to the Visual and Performing Arts School in Swatar. Children participated in some fun workshops. The first workshop was about acting. Then they had  the  dancing workshop  and finally the singing workshop. All three workshops were based on the Fairy Tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Before leaving, children were given a smiley sticker and a handout  related to the said fairy tale.  Children had the time to move freely and to express themselves in various ways.

Submitted by Ms Mathea Vassallo, Yr 1.2 Teacher

Exploring Flat Shapes

The Yr 1.2 students have been exploring flat shapes (2-d shapes). Students made use of the Bee-Bot to sort out shapes.  Using a Bee-Bot promotes counting skills and directional language. Afterwards they worked in pairs to sort whether the shape was a circle or a square. Children had a great time 🙂

Submitted by Ms Mathea Vassallo, Yr 1.2

Learning through play

The Year 1 students of Ms Louise Cutajar have kicked off the year by learning through play. Students were given some play dough to form numbers. Such activities help to create spatial awareness  (experimenting with shape and space) and improve eye-hand coordination. 

In a separate activity students worked in pairs, during a Maltese lesson. They were given a piece of newspaper and they had to mark the letter ‘a’. 

Meeting the Firefighters

The Year 1 students visited the firefighters’ base at Xemxija Ridge. During their visit, the students had a first hand experience of what a day in the life of a firefighter consists of. Students had a go at using the water hose and also rode on the fire truck, while familiarising themselves with the equipment and gear used by these heroes.