A huge thank you to the choir who performed superbly well at The Pontlliw and Tircoed Christmas parade tonight. They sung 3 beautiful songs in front of an impressed Santa and a full village hall! Da iawn pawb.
The nursery children have started their Christmas cooking. They decided they wanted to make an edible Rudolf. First we thought of ideas of what we could use, and come up with the idea of using chocolate tea cakes and curlywurlys, with a red smartie for the nose. Don’t they look amazing!
This week the Safety Soldiers pupil voice group worked on gathering ideas for improving road safety outside our school. The children discussed the issues and how unsafe parking affects different people. They came up with some fantastic ways to improve road safety, and will be working on them in the coming weeks.
The Year 2 children have been learning about persuasion texts. They have enjoyed watching and reading lots of adverts, and now understand the persuasive features used by companies to get us to part with our money. The children learned about superlatives, and then used them when creating their own adverts using their fantastic computer skills. The children used Jit5 and were able to search for images online and used shapes and different fonts to enhance their poster designs. Super persuading, Year 2!
Year 5 enjoyed their weekly music lesson, provided by the music service. They are learning all about the various notes and their length as well as timing and rest during a piece of music. There could definitely be some future Britain’s Got Talent Contestants among us!
We had an amazing time today! A massive thank you must go to Julie and Jeanette in the kitchen for producing over 150 delicious Christmas meals for pupils and staff. The children enjoyed dining together and being served by staff. Nadolig Llawen pawb!
The Year 2 children were super excited this week to find a letter that Santa had sent them asking the children for help. He told us that there had been a power cut in the North Pole, and asked us to send him a candle which would help him continue making toys in the dark. The children decided that the candle would need to burn slowly and came up with an investigation to test the burning times of various candles. The children began by researching candles available online. They then made predictions and came up with a clear method for their test. They then made observations and measurements, and finally decided that the green pillar candle was the most suitable for Santa. The children made fantastic bar charts on Hwb to show the difference in lengths of the candles before and after burning, and even learned how to email Santa to tell him what they found out! Jackson volunteered to take the winning candle to Lapland with him to give to Santa. Well done, Year 2! You have saved the day for Santa!
Today the Year 2 children were very excited to find that one of Santa’s elves had set them a problem. The children needed to work together to sort the mixed up jelly beans. However, it wasn’t as easy as they first thought! They children grouped the sweets, using their welsh colour vocabulary with confidence. They then counted in 2s and 5s to find the totals of each group. They children recorded their results in tables using tallying. They then went on to Hwb to show their results by making bar and pie charts. Finally, the children used their addition and subtraction skills to answer questions about the jelly bean data. What a sweet morning we had!
As part of our science topic this half term, we have been learning about our teeth. The children are now teeth experts and know the names of each type of tooth as well as what their “job” is. We also spent some time talking about how important it is to brush our teeth and why we need to do it every day. We found out what happens to our teeth if they don’t get cleaned – the build-up of plaque reacts with the sugars in food to create an acid that attacks the teeth!
Last week, we conducted an experiment using hard boiled eggs to act as the teeth – each egg was placed in a different liquid (coke, orange juice, vinegar, black current squash, milk and water) and left for a week to see if it had any effect on the shell.
This week we have started our observations of the eggs. We were all quite shocked at the results! The vinegar decayed the egg the most by entirely disintegrating the shell leaving us with a squishy egg, the coke cracked and discoloured the egg quite badly, the orange juice left a slimy skin all over the shell, the squash stained and cracked the shell and the milk and water had little effect. This led to very interesting discussion and some good ideas for their conclusions. What an interesting and fun experiment, fantastic work Year 3!!