Category Archives: Curriculum

Outdoor Learning

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The children in Year 3 had a fun filled afternoon exploring our outdoor environment today. Our Science topic this term is “Animals and Humans” so today we focussed on food chains. Each child had a clip board where they were able to record all of the different plants, bugs and creatures that they saw. We then came back to class and made food paper chains showing how each living thing was linked together – starting with the producer, then the primary consumer and then the secondary consumer. Gwaith da boys and girls!!

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We had a fantastic and messy afternoon in year 3 with the children becoming Egyptian embalmers! We followed the steps of the mummification process using a tomato. First the children washed their dead bodies (the tomato!) and then an incision was made for them to remove the insides. We then recorded the pre mummification weight. The children then had lots of fun stuffing their tomatoes with a salt and bicarbonate of soda mixture. The tomatoes were then placed in a container where they were again covered in the salt mixture. The tomatoes will stay in this state for 2 weeks where we will then compare the weight and make further observations. What a fun afternoon, diolch boys and girls!

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Year 2s Bioblitz Session

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Today the year 2 children had a fantastic morning working outside with Sarah from the RSPB doing a Bioblitz. The children pulled on their wellies and went into the nature reserve to hunt for different animals in the environment. We found lots of creatures, including woodlice, worms, land hoppers and even newts! We recorded our results using tallying, developing our numeracy skills. Diolch to Sarah for a fantastic, interesting and fun-filled morning.

Sammy the Seagull Visits Pontlliw

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On Tuesday, Sammy the Seagull and Mr. Williams from Swansea Council visited school to teach the children about the importance of recycling. The children showed their excellent understanding by answering lots of questions, and even helped Sammy to recycle common household waste. The children also enjoyed listening to a story about a recycling superhero, Michael Recycle. Diolch to Sammy and Mr. Williams for an enjoyable, informative assembly, which helped us on our way to becoming recycling superheroes.

We’re Going on a Tree Hunt!

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Today, the Year 2 children were set a challenge, as part of their topic ‘Glitter and Glow’. The children were asked to investigate which is he most popular type of tree in Pontlliw Park. We began by learning about different trees, and ways to tell the differences between them. We decided how we could collect our data, and then pulled on our wellies and headed down to Pontlliw Park. The children showed lots of enjoyment and enthusiasm, and worked incredibly well when collecting their data, and used their leaf charts well. We then headed back to school and talked about our findings. We also enjoyed reading about why leaves change colour in the Autumn. The children are now keen to use their ICT skills to create bar charts on Hwb showing their data.
Da Iawn, Year 2! Super outdoor learning, using lots of skills whilst having great fun!