The children can place counters or cubes in rows and then count the rows. For example, 3 x 4 can be shown as 3 rows of 4. Children are also learning that multiplication is the same as repeated addition: 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 and they can skip count 3 , 6, 9, 12.
In this lesson, the children themselves formed different arrays. They had to stand up nice and tall and position themselves in neat rows. Once or twice children had to step out of the array because the groups had to be equal and they would have made them unequal. Human arrays are a lot of fun!
Year 2 Teacher