Monthly Archives: October 2017

A Fun Filled Friday in Nursery.

The children had another fun filled day in nursery. They played in the home corner, practised their cutting skills, played with the doll’s house and in the sand. They practised their counting skills in the maths area, and as our special sound of the week was ‘i’, they even made Incy Wincy Spider out of a chocolate muffin and some pretzels. The children were really proud of their super scary spiders.

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Messy Monday

This week, we have been reading the story ‘Charlie’s Superhero Underpants’. Charlie’s underpants go missing and a yeti finds them. The children used the outdoors to create their very own Yetis. Their creations were amazing and all so original.
We then decided to go on a leaf hunt and try and find out which trees are near our outdoor area. It was surprising how many different types of leaves we found. The children have also continued their learning by bringing in leaves they have found outside of school and using the charts to find out which tree they come from. Ardderchog Blwyddyn 1!
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School Council

Our newly appointed school council and Super Ambassadors have had a couple of meetings already and they are very excited about the impact that they can make this year. They have some fantastic ideas and cannot wait to get started! What an enthusiastic group! We are looking forward to seeing what they get up to…

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Daily Mile is a hit!

Pupils have been taking part in the daily mile for almost two weeks and teachers have reported that it has been a success. Pupils are completing the mile quicker and their concentration skills have improved.
We decided to implement the mile at 2pm as the afternoon sessions were long and pupils concentration was proving a little challenge…but we now feel that the pupils are enthusiastic to get their work done in order to take part in the mile and feel refreshed coming back in to lessons. Continue reading

sQuid

The following page has now been added to the website to help parents with sQuid. You can access it from the menu under School Life.

sQuid has now arrived at Pontlliw Primary School

An easier, more convenient way to make school payments!

sQuid is an online payment system that can be used to make a variety of school payments. Parents can use sQuid to pay for school payments such as: Dinner Money top ups, Cashless Catering top ups, and payments for School Trips & Offers. As we introduce sQuid, we will send you your unique registration details so that you can create a sQuid account and top up your account online.

Where do I start?
sQuid is really simple. All you need to do to get started with sQuid is to create a sQuid account.

Create a sQuid account
You should have received a registration letter from us with your own unique 16 digit sQuid registration number and a 3 digit security code. Click here or go to https://portal.squidcard.com/CustomerPortal/#/register  to create your sQuid account and enter these numbers. You will then be able to top up your account and view your balance and transactions.

Login to your sQuid account
Click here or go to https://portal.squidcard.com/LoginPortal/ to login to your sQuid account to check your balance, top up or update your personal details and preferences.

How secure is the sQuid system?
sQuid uses sophisticated fraud prevention and detection processes, and conforms to the FCA Regulatory Requirements.

How does it work?
Once you create a sQuid account, you can login, top up and check your balance online at anytime. You can also view your transactions online to check how much has been spent and when. sQuid will send you account updates and payment confirmation via email.

sQuid is the most socially inclusive system as it has the widest range of top up options available to you. You can top up by credit or debit card, or bank transfer. You can also securely store your debit or credit details for faster payments, and even set up an Auto top up so you never run out of funds on your account.

Please click here to view the sQuid support page for parents, or for further guidance, click here to view step-by- step help videos.

Benefits to parents
Online payments with the ability to store payment card details for faster payments
Easy-to-use, 24/7, online customer portal
View transaction history online
Account updates and payment confirmation via email
Dedicated customer service team
No more writing cheques or sending cash to school

Download the sQuid App now
The sQuid App is free to download on iOS and Android devices and provides a quicker, more convenient way to access, manage and top up your online sQuid account.
To download the sQuid App on iOS and Android devices, please click on the appropriate download links below, or search for ‘sQuidcard’ in the relevant stores.

Please click here for more information on the sQuid App.

A Wet, Windy Welly Wednesday!

What a wet and windy Wednesday it was today, so we had to do some of our activities indoors. We went on a walk in our nature area to collect some sticks, acorns and leaves, and we used the sticks when we made our salt dough hedgehogs. We also made some fabulous playdough faces on  pumpkins and matched the correct number of sticks on the Stick man pictures. We did some super Stick man puzzles and looked for sticks in the sand.

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The Mummified Tomatoes

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After being covered in salt for the last two weeks the children were able to free their tomatoes this afternoon in order to make their observations. It was fascinating to see what the salt had done to the tomatoes and some of the weight differences recorded were amazing – one of the tomatoes pre mummification weight was 86g and this had dropped down to 36g after being left in the salt for two weeks. The tomatoes had shrunk and the skin had gone crinkly. The children drew and recorded their observations before mummifying their tomatoes further by wrapping them in bandages! Year 3 are now professional embalmers, da iawn!!

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Cups of tea for Year 3!

Our non fiction writing genre this half term is instructional writing so this morning the children have sequenced the steps needed to make a cup of tea. They then had the opportunity of carrying out the steps to make their own cup of tea. We finished the session by drinking the tea and enjoying a biscuit with it too! Tomorrow they will be writing their instructions thinking about time connectives and bossy verbs. What a fun morning!

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Marshmallow Maths

After our 3D shape hunt on Monday, we decided that the best way to further develop our knowledge and understanding of 3D shapes would be to make some 3D shapes of our own. However, the children weren’t expecting to be making 3D shapes out of marshmallows and cocktail sticks! They had a fantastic time creating all sorts of shapes – cuboids, triangular prisms, square based pyramids and that’s just to name a few! During this activity, the children learnt about the properties of 3D shapes and can now confidently talk about them using the terms vertices and edges. Well done boys and girls, it was lovely to see you all having so much fun (especially when you were allowed to eat your marshmallows at the end).

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