Category Archives: Year 1

Wearing Spots, Raising Lots.

Pontlliw School have had a fantastic morning celebrating Children in Need. Pupils and staff were a wonderful sight to see in our achievers assembly. The children are now looking forward to the toast and cake sell. Thank you all for your donations.

PC. Parry visit

This term, we are learning more about the ‘real-life superheroes’ that are around us. We’ve started by looking at the role of the police officer. Today, we had a visit from PC. Parry and PC. Hinds, who told us about the job they do and how they help keep us safe. Then, we had the opportunity to try on some examples of uniform that a police officer might wear. Thank you PC Parry and PC Hinds for an informative and fun visit.
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Super Superheroes!

What a ‘super’ day we have had in Year 1. We began by finding out what our Superhero names are and writing them in secret messages! Using paint, we were able to work out what everyone’s Superhero name is! Then, we decided that to be a Superhero we need superhero equipment, so we created some fantastic shields!
Before lunch, we all did superhero action training when we had to do a specific number of exercises. Keeping fit and developing our number skills along the way!

After lunch, we had target practice, where we used water guns to shoot superheroes with numbers on. We were given maths challenges and we had to work out the answers, making sure we hit the correct number. We also had a sticky spider web challenge. Every time we hit the spider web with a ‘fireball’, we would get a point.

Finally, we had a superhero problem to solve. A case arrived but it was locked with a padlock. The children had to retrieve the keys from the ice in order to open the case! I’m pleased to say we had a successful mission and the children opened the case to find a special treat to enjoy at the end of what has been a busy, fun Superhero day!

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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!

The Evil Pea causes chaos…

What a traumatic week we have had in Year 1!
First of all, the Evil Pea caused havoc in the classroom by sellotaping vegetables and covering them in paint! So we made our very own Supertatoes to rescue the vegetables.
Then, our lovely class mascot, Ioan the Sheep, was kidnapped by the Evil Pea! Luckily, we have been learning all about persuasion in our language lessons, so decided to put our persuasive skills to the test and try and persuade the Evil Pea to return Ioan. We created videos using the Ipads, made posters which we put up around the school trying to persuade other classes to help us and we completed challenges, given to us by the Evil Pea, linked to our focus sound of the week. By 3pm, we had pretty much given up hope of ever seeing Ioan again, but then Mrs Norman arrived with a parcel for us…..our amazing persuasive skills had worked and the Evil Pea had sent Ioan back!!!! We were all so thrilled and can now have a relaxing, enjoyable weekend, knowing that our little friend, Ioan, is happy and safe. Well done Blwyddyn 1- amazing work this week. What a super team we are!!
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