Category Archives: AoLE Humanities

Christmas Traditions in Iceland

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This morning, Year 2 and Year 5 pupils enjoyed a live web chat with Mr. Stonham’s cousin Darren. Darren lives in Iceland and he told us all about their various Christmas traditions. The children listened attentively, and asked lots of thoughtful questions. They enjoyed learning about the thirteen trolls who leave treats for children, the difference in daylight hours and about the unusual food eaten by people out there (including reindeer!). A big Diolch yn Fawr to Mr. Stonham for organising this morning’s web chat.

Caerleon Roman Experience

What an amazing day we had today in Caerleon! We literally walked the same paths that Roman citizens and soldiers did approximately two thousand years ago! We started in the Roman Barracks and learnt about the life of the soldier and what they used to wear. We then walked a short way through the town to the Baths that the soldiers and Roman families would use. It was fascinating  to see how modern gyms and leisure centres are based on the Roman model.

Before lunch we learnt all about the Roman festival of Saturnalia (the celebration of the return of the sun after mid winter) We learnt that the Romans used to eat weird and wonderful food such as peacock brains! After that we went to see an actual amphitheatre and then the remains of the Roman barracks (small rooms where 8 soldiers shared a space!) It was a fantastic, busy day and the children behaved brilliantly once again.

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Toys, Toys, Toys!

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This week the Year 2 children have been working on a Rich Task based on the theme ‘toys’. The children worked brilliantly applying their numeracy, literacy, ICT and Welsh language skills to complete a range of focused tasks. The children wrote fantastic letters to Sion Corn, using known sentence patterns. They used our Wal Cymraeg to help them with their Welsh spellings, and used an online Welsh translation tool to help them find new topic words. The children then played a toy shop bingo game, where they had to total groups of coin, say the totals in Welsh and be the first to cover all their toys with price tags on their bingo board. Finally the children enjoyed discussing old and new toys. They had group discussions about whether toys were modern or from a long time ago, looking at the materials used, ways that they move etc. They then used a Venn diagram to sort the toys, explaining their choices. The children also started to learn the Welsh words for these toys. What a super week where lots of skills were practised and further developed. Ardderchog!

Fun at the fire station

What a fantastic day Year 1 have had at the fire station. They learnt lots about the role of fire fighters and what to do in the event of a fire. They had the opportunity to use the equipment and even got to sit in the fire engine. We were also lucky to see an ambulance too! What a brilliant day. Thank you to the firefighters at Swansea Central Fire Station for taking the time to help us learn more about their important role.

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Christmas Traditions Around the World

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This week, the Year 2 children enjoyed finding out about Christmas traditions around the world. The children decided at the start of term that this was something that they wanted to learn about, and they were extremely enthusiastic about the focused tasks! The children discovered lots of amazing facts, including Australians decorating their homes with ‘Christmas Bush’, Brazil has the World’s largest Christmas tree and in Mexico people carve radishes to make Nativity scenes! Fantastic research Year 2!

Remembrance Day

Year 1 have been using a range of skills to learn more about Remembrance Day. In pairs, we developed our oracy skills by asking each other questions and we then used the Green Screen to record our responses. We continued to develop our ICT skills by creating poppy pictures using JIT paint. We also used a range of equipment to create and build poppies.

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Following instructions…

We are learning about instructions in Year 1 this term. We followed some oral instructions to create our own Poppy biscuits. We then read, discussed and followed written instructions to make our own medals.

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