Term 3 Week 1 – Basic Addition – Part 1

This week we started working with the basic addition.

As an introduction to this important concept we took a close look at why we add up numbers in everyday life, we count our toys altogether to see how many we have,  we count the plates altogether when setting the table, we add when friends share things with us to see how many we have as an end result etc.

We can add almost anything except for very tiny objects like rice and sand.  The children came up with various examples of what they might add.

We practiced counting through play.  We added various things altogether like children, blocks, beans and buttons.  As we went along the children got accustomed to the language used in addition mainly plus and add, equals and altogether.  The children used addition playing cards like the ones below to add various counters.

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The success criteria for working a basic addition sum are as follows:

  • You ask yourself how many objects do I have.
  • Count the objects in the first circle.
  • Count the numbers in the second circle.
  • Read the sum Eg 1 ball plus 1 ball equals.
  • Count altogether (I do a big circle with my hands to emphasize the altogether).
  • Say the final answer – So I have 2 balls altogether.

 

To practice the above concept besides using manipulatives we also played games on the websites www.starfall.com and http://www.abcya.com/addition.htm where the children added potatoes, animals and marbles.

They really enjoyed playing these basic addition games.  Next week we will be developing this concept further.

We also did some revision of number values from 1 to 10.  The children had different number cards and they had to roll very small balls to represent the numbers on the cards.

Here are some photos of the children in action.

 

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Term 3 Week 1 – Malta – Part 1

The topic the pre-junior teachers have chosen for most part of the last term is Malta.  Even our sports day is based on traditions and culture which pertain to Malta too.

We started off the week by first welcoming the children and asking them if they enjoyed their holidays.  We mentioned some of the major events happening during this third term:  Sports day, Open Day and Graduation Day.

The children are very excited to start adding up, read cvc words and go on outings.  I then explained the idea of show and tell based on an activity they did during their Easter Holidays.  Below you will find the photo of the children who spoke about their Easter experience.


Other children will be doing their little presentation next week.

Besides show and tell we started talking about the topic Malta.  The children got to know that the country they presently live in is an island surrounded by a beautiful sea.


This linked us to one of the games we will be show casing during sports day – Off to the Beach for some sun and sea!  In fact we spoke about the beauty of such lovely places such as Ghadira, Golden Bay, Ramla Bay and Blue Lagoon.

However we have to take care of these beaches and not throw rubbish after having visited one of them for a swim or a barbeque.  It is also important to protect ourselves from the sun whilst at the beach by wearing a cap and applying sunblock at all times.

Back to the Malta topic –

Malta actually forms part of a group of 3 islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino.  They got a taste of the countries’ culture by looking at a power point about Malta.  They got to know that Valletta is the capital city of Malta whilst that of Gozo is Rabat.  The land is made out of hills and valleys.

In fact each country has its own specific characteristics. Each country has its own national plant.  That of Malta is called The Maltese Centaury.  Each country has its national animal. The Blue Rock Thrush Bird is the Maltese national bird living on the Dingli Cliffs.

We also looked at the flag of Malta.  They learnt that the flag of Malta is white and red with the George Cross on the white part.  In fact each country has its own flag.  They got an idea of how a flag looks like by observing a couple of videos of the different countries of the world.  This is the one they loved the most.


The colours on a flag are important.  We will go in further detail next week.  Flags linked us to the literacy lesson.  More information can be found under the literacy section.

The children created two flags.  The first flag was inspired from the above video clip where the children used their imagination to invent a new flag.  The second flag was that of Malta.

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Maltese Flag

This is only some of the information the children got to know about.  More interesting facts will be shared with the children next week.

Malta PowerPoint

 

San Anton Gardens and The Box Outing

We started our day with breakfast after which we departed for San Anton Gardens.

The children explored the gardens under strict supervision to look for different patterns and insects they became familiar with in the past few weeks.

Out came the magnifying glasses which they had to share in twos.

Some found ants; others took a closer look at the leaves and the flower patterns.   Some looked at the roots jutting out of the ground which by time have done permanent cracks even in the flooring of the grounds.

We saw the effects of the water drops dripping into the pond.  We also saw cats, ducks, turtles and swans.

The children enjoyed their lunch in the open air.  They sat on the picnic mats we took with us and chatted away about all the things they saw.

They were excited to part for our next destination – The Box in Mosta.

The class was divided in two groups where one group experimented with various rhythms on the drums provided.  The other half of the class had to move according to the beat provided.

This takes a lot of concentration and listening skills, both of which are very important for the children of their age.   They mimicked various animal beats such as the horse galloping slowly and fast.

They created their own beat to which the rest had to clap.  In the middle of the session the children changed roles.

After this experience they were totally exhausted and most of them slept on our way back to school.

Below you can find the photos taken on this occasion.

 

 

 

Foreign Student

As you might have noticed we currently have a student intern as part of our class core.

His name is Mr. Linus Liffner from Sweden.  He is currently in his fourth year of studies to become an assistant teacher in the early years.

He will then further his studies to become a teacher.  He will be staying with us for 3 weeks to observe and help out in class duties.

He had to conduct a presentation to the whole class as part of his internship.  He did this during the week and I must say the children were really interested in the topic presented.

Mr. Linus spoke about Sweden, the traditions of its people and the special characteristics that make it special.

 

 

 

Term 2 Week 8 – Introduction to Number 8 and Symmetry Continued

The second number we worked with this during this week was number 8.

We always start off our numeracy sessions with a song which helps the children remember the sequencing of the numbers.

The children enjoy this song very much as they march on the spot with every number that is recited.


The children proceeded to counting 8 different objects.  They even painted 8 little petals which at the end of the week were put together along with other components to form the sunflower plant in our 2nd symmetry lesson.

The children were given the numicon shapes and the play dough to practice counting the various numbers obviously amongst them there was number 8.  We will be working with the formation of 8 next week.

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Symmetry 

We had already spoken about this a couple of weeks back when we were exploring the use of paints.

We had created a friendly monster by putting blobs of paint onto a blank sheet of paper and folding it in half.  When we opened the paper again we had an identical array of vibrant colours on both sides.

These monsters are hanging outside on one of our pre-junior b walls.

For this week’s lesson we took a look around us and found things which are symmetrical we also watched a couple of videos and finished with creating a symmetrical sunflower in a pot.

During each phase of putting the plant together we emphasized the symmetrical concept.

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Here are some photos of the children busy creating their sunflowers.