AoLE Cross-Curricular Literacy

Examples of Cross-Curricular Literacy
  • Christmas Candle Jars

    Last week the Year 2 children solved a problem for Santa, and sent him a candle which would help him to make toys for a long time during the North Pole power cut. This week, Mrs. Claus got in touch with the children to eplain there had been a slight problem; Edgar Elf had knocked […]

  • Christmas Traditions in Iceland

    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 […]

  • Safety Soldiers Meeting

    This week the Safety Soldiers pupil voice group worked on gathering ideas for improving road safety outside our school. The children discussed the issues and how unsafe parking affects different people. They came up with some fantastic ways to improve road safety, and will be working on them in the coming weeks.

  • Santa SOS!

    The Year 2 children were super excited this week to find a letter that Santa had sent them asking the children for help. He told us that there had been a power cut in the North Pole, and asked us to send him a candle which would help him continue making toys in the dark. […]

  • Toys, Toys, Toys!

    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 […]

  • Directions, Positions and Movement in Year 2

    This week the Year 2 children have been further developing their understanding and use of positional, directional and movement vocabulary. They learned about full, quarter, half and three quarter turns, and showed a good understanding of clockwise and anticlockwise movements. Some of the children also enjoyed learning about compass points. The children then used the […]

  • Fantastic firefighters!

    We had a very special visitor in class today. Mr Godwin came in to tell us more about his role as a firefighter. We found out what a typical day would be like in the fire service and we also learnt some very important information regarding fire safety. A huge thank you to Mr Godwin […]

  • Christmas Traditions Around the World

    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 […]

  • Cacen Cymraeg

    Our after school Welsh club is a real hit. Lead by our Cymraeg Cwl pupils, each week is planned for and caters for a variety of different Welsh language patterns and activities. This week pupils decorated cakes in the colours of the Welsh flag, ensuring they ask for the ingredients in Welsh. Da iawn, dal […]

  • Anti-Bullying Week in Year 2

    Year 2 completed lots of activities as part of our Anti-Bullying week. We began by watching the Disney Pixar film ‘For the Birds’ and discussed how the characters were behaving. We discussed the exact meaning of bullying. We then designed our own birds for the film, emphasising how it’s ok to be different and how […]

  • P.C. Parry visit

    P.C. Parry visited Year 1 today to help us learn more about the role of the emergency services. We found out about the important and essential roles that they play and even got to try on some of the uniform. Thank you P.C Parry.

  • 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 […]

  • Super Skype

    Year 1 used Skype this week to speak with a lady in America and her very important companion….Molly the Firedog. We learnt about how dogs are used to support the fire service and Molly even showed us some of her tricks. Thank you to Danya for an informative and interesting Skype session.

  • Let’s be Friends!

    nursery and Reception have begun their week thinking about friendship! We read ‘Hugless Douglas’ by David Melling, and realised that we can all be good friends! The session began with the children creating a handprint poster, showing of their ‘Helping Hands’, they made some beautiful heart toast with a friend. There is more to come […]

  • RSPB visit to Year 1

    The wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the Year 1 children as they enjoyed our Wild Words session with the RSPB. The children loved exploring our outdoor environment and used a range of equipment to heighten their senses further. We discussed and used lots of different vocabulary and adjectives to describe what was around […]

  • RSPB and ‘Wild Words’ in Year 2!

    This week the RSPB came in to school to take the Year 2 children outdoors for a ‘Wild Words’ session. The children enjoyed using their senses whilst exploring the outdoor environment. The children then retold their journeys using powerful, interesting vocabulary choices. What a fantastic session! Diolch yn fawr to Sarah from the RSPB for […]

  • Our very own special Superheroes…

    Look at our amazing superheroes in Year 1! They certainly had a super time on our Superhero Day. Following a suggestion from one of the children, we baked our own superhero themed cupcakes. We took part in a variety of superhero training exercises ad we created lots of superhero craft items too.  Don’t the children […]

  • Making Chocolate Apples

    This week the Year 2 children made some delicious chocolate apple treats. As part of their work on instruction texts, the children worked together to sequence the jumbled instructions. They then read and followed the instructions carefully to make their tasty treats.

  • Crisp Fat Experiment

    Year 5 have been independently investigating how much fat is in various brands of crisps. We crushed the crisps on to squared paper and counted the amount of squares that were at least half covered in grease. We made sure the test was fair by keeping all conditions the same (dependant variables) apart from the […]

  • 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 […]