# Multiplying our Success

Room 5, students  have been exploring multiplication and division. Students used

skip counting using pegs, and then using their hands to make sets. By counting in multiples of 2, 5, and 10, students recognised multiplication sequences. This laid the foundation for understanding multiplication.

Liam skip counting

To reinforce  the concept of division, students equally shared fruit amongst classmates.

## Arrays

An array is a way of using objects to represent a concept. Arrays are useful tools to teach multiplication.

Students expanding their understanding of arrays by using materials of teddy bears and chairs. This visual representation showed how multiplication can be thought of as repeated addition and how the arrangement of objects in rows and columns relates to multiplication.

To reinforce students' understanding of multiplication, I introduced times tables and encouraged the students to form groups based on these facts. This activity strengthened student  understanding of multiplication and made it easier to tackle division problems.

To develop division skills,  the concept of sharing into equal groups required unpacking.

One important realisation was knowing multiplication facts made solving division problems much easier. Room 5 discovered that multiplication and division are closely related and form a "family of facts." Understanding this connection boosted class confidence in tackling both multiplication and division questions.

Throughout the learning journey, we focused on mastering multiplication and division for the numbers 2, 5, and 10. These foundational times tables provide a solid base for future mathematical skills.

## Angel Chauval

Wairakei Primary school has a wonderful rural environment and an amazing community. I enjoy working with this community to help students rise to succeed. Learning happens everywhere and is different for every child, celebrating and challenging students is my drive as a teacher.

I strive to encourage every student to achieve to the best of their ability. My passions are Technology and Science. I use them as foundations in unlocking excitement and wonder to produce thinkers and creators.