AoLE Cross-Curricular Literacy

Examples of Cross-Curricular Literacy
  • Scary Supertato

    The children continued to practise the skill of drag and drop by creating their own scary Supertatoes.

  • Supertato

    The children loved making their own versions of Supertato. We are hoping they’ll protect our classroom from the Evil Peas!

  • Shwmae!

    For Nursery and Reception today, we found out what it means to be a friend. We played some circle time games encouraging us to find new, old, or different friends to work with. We also had fun shouting SHWMAE! and making hats to show how proud we are. Reception challenged themselves to say ‘Shwmae’ as […]

  • Strong Passwords 💪🏼

    We had an E-Safety lesson this afternoon in Year 5 and we looked at the features of strong passwords. They need to memorable as we don’t want to have to write them down anywhere. We looked at ways we can strengthen them and make it extremely difficult for and would be hackers to access our […]

  • Harvest Celebration!

    A huge thank you to everyone who came to support our Harvest Service and Macmillan coffee morning today. The children had a great time performing and we hope you enjoyed their songs. We have only recieved a few responses to the questionnaires on the seats. If you haven’t already filled in the extremely quick survey, […]

  • Fabulous Faces!

    Reception have been exploring the features on their faces, we looked at some faces without eyes and mouths, the children decided that we needed both to work out how we feel. We had some fun creating our own faces using pumpkins and biscuits, yummy!

  • Outdoor adventures

    Year 1 used the outdoors to support our learning in both language and maths this week. The children worked together to create a yeti (from our story Charlie’s Superhero Underpants) using natural materials. Their ideas were so imaginative! We also practised skills we have been developing in maths by doing activities linked to estimating and […]

  • The Mummified Tomatoes!

    What an interesting afternoon we’ve had in Year 3! After being covered in salt for the last two weeks, the children were able to free their tomatoes this afternoon in order to make their observations. It was fascinating to see what the salt had done to the tomatoes and some of the weight differences recorded […]

  • Messy Monday.

    Reception and Nursery have met again! Not to get up to any trouble but to complete activities all about ‘Stickman’. We have listened to the story, so set to work making ‘Stickmen’ out of sticklebricks, sticks and even created some rainbow art.. Take a look at our pictures!

  • Pants Patterns

    Every week, we practise our fine motor skills. This week, we focused on scissor skills and cut out lots of different patterned pants, linked to our story of Charlie’s Superhero Underpants. We then used our maths skills too and had the challenge of making a repeating pattern using the different designs.

  • Criw Cymraeg

    This morning, our pupil voice group for Criw Cymraeg had their first meeting. We talked about the aims of our group and how we could go about creating a Welsh ethos in our school. They have a challenging year ahead as we drive towards achieving the Silver award for Pontlliw. The children couldn’t wait to […]

  • Yummy Mummy Biscuits in Year 3

    This half term, our non-fiction writing genre is instructional writing, so this week I thought it would be a great idea to see how well the children could follow instructions in order to make an Egyptian Mummy biscuit. They all did an awesome job and they looked fantastic! After making the biscuits, the children wrote […]

  • Gingerbread Superheroes

    This week, we have been using the story ‘Charlie’s Superhero Underpants’ as a basis for some of our work. One of the children suggested that we create our own underpants designs using gingerbread men. What a fantastic and fun idea! The children enjoyed using the icing and ingredients to create their own design…and I imagine […]

  • Microbit Magic

    This afternoon, Mr Tavender from Bont comp came into school to further develop pupils knowledge of coding and programming microbits. The children were awesome; Mr Tavender was so impressed they were challenged to complete Year 7’s coding activities.

  • Searching for Signs of Autumn

    This week the Year 2s enjoyed working outdoors to search for various signs of Autumn. Some were easy to find, whilst others were more challenging. They used different senses and recorded their findings. They enjoyed discussing what they found, and applied their previous learning showing confidence and enthusiasm. They are looking forward to more outdoor […]

  • Awesome Owls!

    This week the Year 2s have enjoyed reading the story Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. We discussed the structure of the story, using the 5 story mountain parts. The children then used their own story mountains to retell the story. The children were very keen to find out more about owls, and lots of the […]

  • Foundation Phase Code Club 📱💻

    With the help of our brilliant Digital Leaders, children from Reception to Year 2 were able to log on to Hwb and try out coding on Just 2 Easy. They started by using the ‘simple’ setting but many of them quickly moved the ‘advance’ setting, where they had to pre-programme their rocket or car to […]

  • Year 3 Egyptian Embalmers!

    What a fantastic, messy afternoon we’ve had 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. […]

  • An Interview With Janette

    As part of our Science topic we are studying Microorganisms, so in order to also develop our Literacy skills we created open ended questions to gather information about Jeanette’s job. It is so strict to work in the kitchen to ensure hygiene is kept to the 5 star current rating 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

  • A Cool Carousel

    For the last lesson over the past 3 afternoons, Year 5 have been rotating around 3 tasks. Task 1 – Learn all about the Digestive System – led by Mr Stonham Task 2 – Estimate the size of a Celtic roundhouse – led by Aimee Task 3 – Independent drawing and labelling of inside and […]

  • Do’s and Dont’s to keep us safe.

    This morning Year 6 had the pleasure of PC Parry’s company and her knowledge and information related to good and bad drugs.

  • Transition Planning

    This afternoon Year 6 have been taking a lead in their learning in preparation for their transition project in the Comprehensive in the Summer. The topic of the project is Health and Well-being. They need to plan under the headings: Physical, Mental and Social. The planning stage is underway and pupils are extremely excited.

  • Spreading the ‘love’

    In our science topic this year, Year 6 are studying Micro-organisms. Today we tested our knowledge, using Kahoot, and the winners were congratulated with a germ infected handshake (green glitter). Other pupils then congratulated them to see how far we could spread the germs. Pupils were amazed as to how far germs can spread!

  • Databases Galore!

    Year 5 have increase their knowledge of databases greatly today with the various activities we have undertaken . This morning, we analysed a database of over 800 Pokemon. Children started classifying the data with one search term, but soon were able to add 3 or more search criteria to find specific Pokemon on the list […]

  • Year 3 Love Lego ‘WeDo’!

    This afternoon, the children had the opportunity to use the Lego WeDo kits. It’s a fantastic tool which enables children to learn by constructing their own models and bringing them to life. WeDo also helps teach the children how technology can play an active and informative role in their learning. What a fun and exciting way […]

  • We are off to Techniquest!

    Reception are on their way… Bags packed and we are all ready for our adventure. We can’t wait to have some fun today learning ‘all about me’.

  • The White Feather

    Year 6 have had a wonderful day today. We have been to see ‘The White Feather’ produced by the outstanding Theatre Na’Nog, which was fantastic, retelling the horrific events of WW1 (in memory of 100 years next year). In the afternoon, pupils developed their knowledge of the World Wars, taking part in activities in the […]

  • Wonderful Woodland Animals!

    When introducing this term’s topic a few weeks ago, the Year 2 children shared lots of their own fantastic ideas about what they would like to learn about. Some children said that they would like to find out about different animals such as owls, foxes and hedgehogs. Today, the children enjoyed using the Arkive website […]

  • Moving Lego Scarecrows

    Today the Year 2 children enjoyed using Lego Education Simple Machines kits to create moving Lego scarecrows. The children were set a challenge: make a scarecrow that looks scary and has at least one type of movement to scare the birds away. The children enjoyed investigating gears and talked in detail about their designs. It […]

  • Year 1 use their superpowers…

    This week, we read the story ‘Eliot Midnight Superhero’ and thought about what powers we would all have if we were superheroes. The children then had to use their ‘superpowers’ to problem solve and work as a team to rescue the superheroes from the ice. We have also been busy developing our fine motor skills […]

  • Starting Superheroes…

    This week, we have been busy activating our prior knowledge ready to begin our topic of Superheroes! The children had to use their ‘magnetic powers’ to catch pictures from Spiderman’s web and sort them into groups, based on whether they are linked to our topic or not. The children were also very creative and drew […]

  • Ready for Reception!

    THIS IS ME! Reception have made a great start to the year. They have begun their new topic all about me, and are practising writing their names. Handwriting has been the focus of the week, and the children have been using their pencils to practise writing cursively. well done Reception, you have worked so hard!

  • Tree Detectives

    Today the Year 2 children were set a challenge. They were asked to find out which type of tree is there most of in Pontlliw park. We began by looking at leaf classification charts. We then discussed they ways in which they could gather their data. Then we went down to the park where the […]

  • Ciwb Clebran yn Blwyddyn 6

    Today Year 6 created their chatter boxes for our Welsh drilling sessions. Throughout the term pupils will learn to talk about themselves in Welsh, likes and dislikes, ensuring that they extend their sentences.

  • Year 3 are “Bucket Fillers”!

    Today, we read the story “Have you filled a bucket today?” by Carol McCloud. It is a beautiful book which encourages positive behaviour by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love. The idea is that we all carry an invisible […]

  • Year 3 Poison Dart Frogs

    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 […]

  • Bronze Siarter Iaith Achieved

    This afternoon the whole school was presented with our Bronze siarter iaith for achievements in the Welsh language. The children and staff are extremely proud of all we have achieved during our journey to receiving the award. In September we will begin our journey to achieving the Silver Award 🥈 to raise standards in the […]

  • Hooray For Fish

    We read the story ‘Hooray for Fish’, looking at the different types of fish…different colours, shapes and sizes. We then thought about how we are all different and how our similarities and differences should be celebrated….we realised that the world would be a very boring place if we were all the same! Here we are creating our […]

  • The Singing Mermaid

    We recently read the story ‘The Singing Mermaid’ in Year 1 and we decided to get creative!  The children had the challenge of making their own handprint mermaids or to work as a team to create a new home for the mermaid. The results were fantastic! The home that the children produced was outstanding, with a lot […]

  • Fishy Fruit in Year 1

    The children enjoyed making their own healthy snacks linked to our topic of ‘Under the Sea’. They used a selection of fruit to create sea creatures, such as fish and turtles. We revisited our recent maths lesson linked to finding half of an item and we used several storybooks to give us inspiration for our […]

  • Space Travel in Year 2

    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.

  • Visiting the Mumbles Tram

    Today the Year 2 children visited the tram shed in Swansea Museum. We got to sit in the old Mumbles tram and listed to Miss Phoebe tell us what it was like travelling on the tram in Swansea long ago. We joined in with lots of stories and even tried on some of the clothes […]

  • Move over David Attenborough…Year 1 are coming!

    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’ […]

  • Fabulous Flapjacks, Lovely Lists and Cracking Coding!

    As part of their work on ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Picnic’ story, this week the Year 2 children made some delicious flapjacks for the story character Mr. Grinling. The children used their super reading skills to read and follow instructions, and they used their excellent measuring skills to weigh the ingredients carefully. The children also developed […]

  • The Lighthouse Keeper’s Picnic

    The Year 2 children have had a great morning working on activities based on The Lighthouse Keeper’s Picnic. They used their coding skills to move the Lighthouse Keeper from building to building around the village. They used their word-processing skills to develop shopping lists for Mr. Grinling. The children used their Welsh language skills when […]

  • Year 3 My Family

    We had a fantastic discussion this afternoon which was initially based on the question “what does the word ‘family’ mean to you?”. It was so interesting to hear the children’s responses and how mature and open minded their thinking was. We touched on every kind of different family… marriage, separation, divorce, fostering, adoption, brothers, sisters, […]

  • Year 2 Fire Safety Talk

    This morning, we were visited by Gemma, a fire fighter from Morriston Fire Station. Gemma came into class to teach us all about ways to stay safe around fire. She read us a story about Tanni, and we talked about the dangers of playing with matches and lighters. We also learned about how to call […]

  • Criw Cymraeg mewn Derbyn.

    Diolch yn fawr! Thank you to our year 4 representatives, they have spent Fridays after lunchtime working with the Reception Class. They have read Welsh books, played Welsh bingo and completed some Welsh activities. Mae hi’n amser hyfryd!

  • Colour Changing Cocktails.

    Wow! What a busy week. Reception have been learning all about the properties of Ice in our STEM week sessions. Just for fun the children chose different ice cubes made of juice and built their own ice towers in a cup. We then watched them melt! We had some different results depending on the order […]

  • Ramp Investigation

    This week the Year 2 children have enjoyed undertaking various ramp investigations. The children worked well together to investigate how the height of a ramp affects he distance a toy car travels. Some groups investigated how different materials on the ramp affect the distance travelled, and discussed friction. Other pupils looked at how the weight […]