Author Archives: Matthew Stonham

Caroline Lawrence – How to write a great story!

The wait was over for KS2 today as they finally got to meet, million selling author, Caroline Lawrence. She gave an overview of some of her amazing 35 books and then took us through the 7 stages of a great story! The children were engrossed in what she had to say and particularly loved the Roman ‘Poo Stick’ she presented! They also got to see and feel a Roman signature pad containing honey and a Roman belt pouch. She was then kind enough to stay behind after school and sign over 80 books for the children. The children learnt so much from this wonderful author and can’t wait to put these writing tips into practice. They also received a book each from her. I hope they enjoy them! They can find out more about the author at

In the link below, the children can watch some of the presentation again (it does take a while to load!)

Caroline Lawrence


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We are the Champions 🏆🥇➕➖➗✖️

After an intense week of competition, I’m extremely pleased to reveal that Year 5 have won the Swansea Sumdog Competition! It was a fantastic effort by all the pupils and they should be very proud of winning such a hotly contested competition. Well done to the 4 pupils from Year 5 and 6 who finished in the top 10 of the individual competition. Certificates will be handed out tomorrow! 👨‍🎓 👩‍🎓

Clwb Rygbi Pontlliw! 🏉

A massive thank you to Technical Care Soultions for delivering our brand new rugby kit today! Their website is Technical Care Solutions are a local business that specialise in providing preventative maintenance, repairs and service for patient lifting and other care equipment.  The children were over the moon with their brand new kit and wore it proudly this afternoon. We are looking forward to turning out in it for our first game on 13th November at Pontlliw Park.

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Rasoi Indian Kitchen

Year five have had an amazing treat when they visited Rasoi this morning! This tied in nicely with our science theme of the digestive system and healthy eating. They got to make 2 different naan breads and a traditional Indian yoghurt based fruit drink called Lassi. The chef and staff judged their creations and the top 3 children won an award. They should have also brought home a free food voucher for children. In addition to the photos below, Rasoi will be publishing photos on their Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as their website.

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Swansea Sumdog Competition ➕✖️➗➖🏆

A huge congratulations to all the pupils in Year 5 who have won the daily competition in the Swansea Sumdog competition. We are also sitting nicely in 3rd position for the weekly competition. They worked hard at various points throughout the day improving their maths skills. Two of our pupils have even managed to break in to the top 10 in Swansea! With 3 of the Year 6 pupils also in the Top 10, Pontlliw are dominating! Well done all. Let’s see if we can get first place for the week by using up all our questions!

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Strong Passwords 💪🏼

We had an E-Safety lesson this afternoon in Year 5 and we looked at the features of strong passwords. They need to memorable as we don’t want to have to write them down anywhere. We looked at ways we can strengthen them and make it extremely difficult for and would be hackers to access our online accounts. Children made their own fictious passwords to see if their partners could crack them!

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Harvest Celebration!

A huge thank you to everyone who came to support our Harvest Service and Macmillan coffee morning today. The children had a great time performing and we hope you enjoyed their songs. We have only recieved a few responses to the questionnaires on the seats. If you haven’t already filled in the extremely quick survey, you can find the link below. It will provide some great data for our eco-team. Thanks for our continued support.


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Bont’s Best Books 📖

Year 5 and 6 have kicked off “Bont’s Best Books” with a bang today. We have partnered up with someone from the other year and will be reading books that each other recommend. Any books that both partners love will be placed on the Best Books Padlet site. At the end of the Spring Term, both classes will vote on the best review/recommendation. The chosen pair will then represent the school in a cluster event during the summer term, where the Best Books from our family of schools will be celebrated! We are hoping that this encourages children to become bookworms and fall in love with reading whilst having fun.

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