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!
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.
Reception had an awesome morning! The children were greeted by some endangered animals, some they will never experience by visiting a zoo.
We had the pleasure of meeting a Bearcat, Agouti, a parrot, and a baby tortoise. The keepers gave us information about their habitat, and how they survive. Even the staff were excited!
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.
As part of our sharks topic, we decided to use our explanation skills, that we have been developing in our language sessions, to create our very own shark documentaries! We used the Green Screen to help us present our ‘in studio’ part, explaining the different features that sharks have. Then, we decided to ‘dive down’ into the ocean, using the VR goggles and present the second part of our documentaries, explaining what we could see.
In Year 1, we have been enjoying finding out all about sharks. We read that sharks have lots of different features to help them to swim and not to sink. One reason is that sharks have very oily livers, which helps them to float, so we decided to make our own ‘sharks’ and do an investigation to find out if this theory is true. We filled one ‘shark’ with water and one with oil. We predicted what we thought would happen and then tested it out ourselves, recording our results. We were amazed to see that the ‘oily shark’ did in fact float!!
Another busy morning in nursery.
This morning Year 6 were visited by Pontardullais School 👩⚕️ Nurse. The nurse discussed changes to their bodies as they grow.
As part of our learning about ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, today the Year 2 children investigated circuits. They were all set the challenge of ‘Can you make the lightbulb shine for the lighthouse?’, and were given a range of batteries, wires and bulbs to try out. They enjoyed seeing if various circuits worked, and every child successfully lit the bulb! The children then decided to extend their learning further and made buzzers work! A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all, and lots of learning too! Gwaith gwych, blwyddyn 2!