Adding 10, 20, 30 and 40

Whilst learning about adding 10 and other multiples of 10 the year 3.2 students were visited by Incy Wincy spider. He showed them how to add 10 by jumping along on the number grid. He also showed the students how to add 20, 30 and 40 by using the number grid as well as other methods. One of these methods included using bottle caps to add 10 to a given number and playing a board game to add 10, 20, 30 and 40. The students also practiced adding 10, 20, 30 and 40 mentally and writing their answer on their mini whiteboard for immediate assessment and feedback.

Submitted by Ms Sharon Calleja, Yr 3.2

Counting Money

During a Mathematics lesson students were divided in groups. Each group was given a handout and some coins.  Students had to use coins to make the amounts written on the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB).  After, each group told the class what coins they used to make the given amounts. These were then written on the IWB.  Students realized that even though some of the groups used different coins they still made the same amount.  Furthermore, they also pointed out which group used the least amount of coins to make the given amounts.  

Submitted by Ms Miranda Cauchi, Yr 3.1

Counting in 3s, 4s and 5s

In class the students were learning how to count in 3s, 4s and 5s. They started learning the x3, x4 and x5 tables as well as counting on in 3s, 4s and 5s from any given number. In one of the activities we carried out in class, the children were given a flashcard of a cupcake with a number on it. Each student had a different number. They stood in order, according to the particular times table (x3, x4 and  x5).

Submitted by Ms Sharon Calleja, Yr 3.1 teacher

Counting in 2s and 5s

countingThe Yr 2.2. students of Ms Stephanie had a very interesting Maths lesson. Children explored various ways of counting in 2s and 5s. Such learning sessions are very important as they prepare the foundations for manipulating numbers when learning tables. During one of the activities the students made their own hand prints, using paint, and then wrote the number of fingers under each hand print by counting in fives.


Transport… Aeroplanes… Counting is fun!

Seldom are the moments when I can really appreciate what goes on at school in our classrooms. Today I had the opportunity to visit Ms Joanne and her students of K1.3 during their morning routine.


The first thing that captured my attention was the way the students gathered round their KGA to sing their morning prayer and their “Good Morning” salute. The children joined in an action song about transport, since this is the topic being covered at present.

Seeing the children’s faces when a beautiful repetoire of aeroplane models was displayed in the classroom was something to remember. But the cherry on the cake was when their KGA, Ms Joanne, transformed into a pilot who took the children for a journey on a old aeroplane wearing a warm hat, scarf and goggles.


After zooming around the class in her aeroplane, the children were invited to “Malta’s airport”. The children had to prepare aeroplanes for take off depending on the number being shown. Finally the children were inivited to go out in the school yard and fly their own aeroplanes.

To complement this activity the students used finger painting techniques to draw the circular motion of the aeroplane’s propellor.

I thank the staff for sharing such moments with me. Well done Ms Joanne 🙂