For Design and Technology this term the children have been busy creating Poison Dart Frog beanbags! They have all thoroughly enjoyed this project from start to finish! They designed their frogs, wrote detailed instructions about how they were going to make them, made them and then evaluated them. I have been amazed at the children’s sewing skills and the care and attention to detail they all had when making them. Ardderchog boys and girls!
A massive congratulations to all the children involved in our ESafety Factor project show before Easter. We can now reveal that we have won the UK Community Education Award for Internet Security!! The children beat off 344 other schools across the UK. Yesterday, the Leader of Learning from ERW came to present the certificate and glass trophy to them! This is a fantastic achievement and they should be extremely proud!
This afternoon the whole school was presented with our Bronze siarter iaith for achievements in the Welsh language. The children and staff are extremely proud of all we have achieved during our journey to receiving the award.
In September we will begin our journey to achieving the Silver Award 🥈 to raise standards in the welsh language further.
Year 5 have become teachers over the last 2 days! In preparation for our visit to the beach next week, they were tasked with researching and preparing a lesson for one of the classes in the school, to teach them about the importance of sunscreen. Each group visited their class armed with a PowerPoint slideshow, an activity for the class, and an extension task if needed. The biggest message that came across was to look out for the star rating for the UVA protection, often the expensive brands don’t have the highest ratings. All the children loved teaching and being taught by the Year 5s. Bendegedig pawb!
We read the story ‘Hooray for Fish’, looking at the different types of fish…different colours, shapes and sizes. We then thought about how we are all different and how our similarities and differences should be celebrated….we realised that the world would be a very boring place if we were all the same! Here we are creating our own fish designs….every single one unique, different and special!
We recently read the story ‘The Singing Mermaid’ in Year 1 and we decided to get creative! The children had the challenge of making their own handprint mermaids or to work as a team to create a new home for the mermaid. The results were fantastic! The home that the children produced was outstanding, with a lot of thought put into the design and features. Da iawn!
The children enjoyed making their own healthy snacks linked to our topic of ‘Under the Sea’. They used a selection of fruit to create sea creatures, such as fish and turtles. We revisited our recent maths lesson linked to finding half of an item and we used several storybooks to give us inspiration for our designs. They loved eating their creations at the end too!
As part of their topic, this week the Year 2 children enjoyed finding out about the history of space travel. They enjoyed sequencing a timeline of space firsts, researching the planets and were amazed to watch the film of the first moon walk.
Year 5 were extremely lucky to have a visit from Ospreys and Wales 7s player, Phil Jones this morning. Phil has played for Wales Under 20s, The Ospreys senior side and has recently travelled the World with the Welsh 7s team. We prepared for the visit by compiling open questions yesterday afternoon. We spent 20 minutes questioning Phil and used the Green Screen to transport him to the Liberty Stadium. Each of the children then had a photo with Phil, before teaching him to floss!
Year 6 pupils took part in a STEM challenge and stepped into the shoes of an engineer for the day. Pupils had the challenge to get the lighthouse keeper out of his lighthouse in a storm by designing and making a carrier with a light that can be seen in the dark. They then had to wire the circuit in order to light the bulb. They also had to create a device with a motor to be transported back up the zip wire to rescue the lighthouse keepers friend! They were given £120 Faradays and had to budget in order to buy all of their equipment from the classroom DIY store. The winning team of the day will visit Pontardullais Comp on July the 12th to represent Pontlliw in another STEM challenge day.