Category Archives: AoLE Humanities

Classical Creations.

As part of our Music lessons this term, pupils combined their creative skills with their knowledge of WW2. The children had free choice of any instrument and had to choose an event that happened during WW2. They then had to compose a piece of music, including the elements of rhythm and volume, that would emphasise the events.
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Year 2 Christmas Traditions Trip

Yesterday the Year 2 children visited Swansea museum and the Waterfront museum to find out more about Christmas traditions. Our topic this term has been ‘Glitter and Glow’, and we have enjoyed finding out about different celebrations.
In Swansea museum, we listened to stories which explained where different traditions began. We all enjoyed acting out the stories, and had a turn at playing with toys from long ago. In the afternoon we moved on to the Waterfront museum, where we learnt about Victorian Christmas traditions. We then enjoyed making some Victorian Christmas cards and pomanders. A fantastic time was had by all.

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Santa S.O.S.

Yesterday the Year 2 children received a very important letter from Santa. We were asked to help him because they have had a power cut in the North Pole and the elves can’t continue making toys as they cannot see what they are doing! Santa set us the challenge of finding him a suitable candle which would allow the elves to continue making toys. The children decided they should begin by finding out which candles are available, so they used their research skills and looked into which types of candles we could use. They then did some fantastic problem solving using a candle catalogue, and showed super addition, subtraction and multiplication skills with money. The children then decided that they should test out some candles to see which one would burn the longest to allow they elves to work for as long ad possible. They set Mrs. Cusack the task of collecting the equipment that they want to use, and today they will be undertaking their experiment. We will then email Santa to let him know which candle we will send to him via our class elf. Watch this space for updates!

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Collaboration using Microsoft One Note

Year 5 produced an online, digital project using Microsoft One Note today. Everybody in the class was able to input their facts about the Roman invasion of Britain into the project at the same time. Collaboration is a key strand in the recently introduced Digital Competency Framework and allows children to work on files anywhere with internet access.
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Could you crack the code?

Today Blwyddyn 6 were set a challenge to communicate by using the technique of morse code. The children weren’t given any advice on how to do this but had to problem solve with their team to light the bulb and communicate as they did during World War 2.

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Children in Need Fun!

Wow, what a wonderful day!

Pontlliw Primary did themselves proud, we pulled out all the stops (and spots).

The morning was full of busy entrepreneurs willing to give their hard earned cash to a worthwhile cause.

The whole school enjoyed purchasing toast and cakes, and even had some stalls with face painting, crayons and candles to buy.

Pontlliw swapped their blue jumpers for PJ’s, spots and Children in Need T-shirts to support other children in Britain.

So far the school have raised a fantastic total of £460 with some small amounts being brought to us next week.

CONGRATULATIONS Pontlliw, you have helped to change some lives.

Look out for our name on the show tonight

 

Egyptian Mummie Pizza’s

On Monday, the Year 3 children enjoyed making some Egyptian themed mummie pizza’s. They began by carefully cutting their muffins in half which they used as their pizza base. After that, the children measured out how much tomato purée they would need and then proceeded to create their mummie pizza using different ingredients. Olives and peppers were used for the eyes and strips of cheese were used to create a bandage effect. Well done boys and girls. I hope your pizza’s tasted as good as they looked 🙂

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Year 3 Egyptian Trip – Group 2

What a fantastic day! All of the activities that the children took part in today were exciting, engaging and above all, enabled the children to develop a number of important key skills. In the morning, the children had the opportunity to take on the role of early 20th century explorers. They re-enacted the story of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and discovered a tomb full of ancient Egyptian treasures! While in the ‘tomb’, the children had the opportunity to explore and search for their favourite artefact which they later drew and wrote about. In the afternoon, the children learnt about the importance of food and drink and how essential it was for the dead in the afterlife. They enjoyed designing and creating their own offering tray out of play dough. The children then ‘brought the food to life’ by reciting a real ancient Egyptian spell. Well done Year 3, you are now officially Egyptian experts!

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Foundation Phase Autumn Exploration Day

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Today the Foundation Phase children enjoyed lots of hands-on, practical Autumn-themed activities. Unfortunately, the weather was against us, but with some adaptations to the planned activities, the children had a fantastic day, during which they further developed their personal & social and independence skills.
The children developed their fine motor skills through making bird feeders, which they then hung in our nature reserve, to help our feathery friends prepare for winter. Acorns were planted, and the children are looking forward to helping them grow into mighty oak trees. Autumn wreaths were created, to celebrate the changes in leaves that the Autumn season brings. Natural Autumn collages were created in groups, and the children developed collaborative and creative skills. The children enjoyed getting messy through exploring gooey pumpkins, using a variety of tools to scoop, scrape and cut. Autumn colours and materials were explored using colour swatches and magnifying glasses, to help the children develop close observation skills.
What a busy, fun-filled day. We are sure that the children will sleep well tonight…and so will the staff!