AoLE Science and Technology

Examples of Science and Technology at Pontlliw
  • Happy Chinese New Year…

    Year 1 have ‘visited’ China this week. We have loved learning about how the Chinese celebrate their New Year and we have done lots of different activities and challenges this week linked to China. The children were fascinated by videos of Chinese New Year celebrations, in particular the dragon dancing. A highlight of our week […]

  • Cluster Science Experiment

    Year 6 have been learning about insulation and researching why penguins huddle. Today Mr Smith came into school to teach us about the science behind why they huddle. We re-enacted the huddle by using test-tubes and hot water, measuring the temperature every 2 unites of the ‘penguin’ inside the huddle and on the outer circle.

  • Virtual Reality in Year 2

    The children have enjoyed using Virtual Reality equipment to extend their learning about dinosaurs. The children have been fascinated by this technology, and are keen to try our other VR activities linked to our topic.

  • Marvellous Magnets in Year 2!

    The children have been busy investigating magnetic materials this week. They enjoyed further developing their prediction skills, recording results and then worked on comparing their results with their initial predictions. Some of the children also decided to go on to Hwb and research Iron, and they then recorded their most interesting facts. Super investigative skills, […]

  • Year 2 Are Safer Internet Day Superstars!

    Today Year 2 have been extremely busy completing lots of activities linked to Safer Internet Day. The children began the day by listening to a story about how to deal with unkind comments online. We then did a circle time activity using wool, which showed the children how we are all connected to each other, […]

  • Hilarious 😂 Hats

    As part of a Science and Thechnology cluster project, Year 6 have been given the task to design, make and evaluate hats 🎩. They need to make a hat that will keep them warm. Next week the pupils will make their hats and will evaluate the success criteria by wearing them in the yard at […]

  • Year 3 Spectacular Spectroscopes!

    We have had an interesting afternoon today learning more about Sir Isaac Newton’s Theory of Colour. The children are now experts with the light spectrum and understand that when light passes through a prism the light refracts to show a rainbow of colour. We then made our very own spectroscopes where the light refracted off […]

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars 🤩 this week

  • Year 3 Stories

    The children in Year 3 put their handmade musical instruments to work today and created a sound story. The first job they had to do was figure out how they could fit the sound of their instrument into a story – did it sound like rain? or thunder? or a heartbeat? They worked extremely hard […]

  • Y2 Hunt for Building Materials

    The Year 2s have been busy investigating materials and their properties over the last few weeks. We have been looking at the use of materials for different purposes, and the children enjoyed exploring the school grounds to see which materials have been used in the construction of the school. They have shown a super level […]

  • Genius Gymnasts

    Year 5 and 6 have been busy developing their balance and team work skills. They were set the challenge to recreate the balance included on the task sheet. Pupils worked extremely well, not only with their gymnastic skills but also their communicative skills. Each group also developed their digital skills by photographing the balance. Next […]

  • Year 3 Music Makers!

    Year 3 have been very busy this afternoon continuing with their Design and Technology project. What a musical treat for a Friday afternoon! The children have been so creative and not only thought about the sound that their instrument was going to make but they also thought about how it was going to be decorated. […]

  • Customised Cake Contest

    Year 6 have been developing their Literacy and Numeracy skills this week and have been weighing, mixing and cooking cakes of their choice to share with loved ones on Santes Dwynwen Day. Mrs Norman was the critical judge and enjoyed every cake. Pupils made us proud with their team work and independence. They are now […]

  • Messy Monday: Vive La France…

    We have been ‘visiting’ France this week in Year 1. On Messy Monday, we loved exploring and experimenting with all sorts of items to re-create our own French landmarks. We also enjoyed using the water tray to investigate which items would make good boats and could ‘sail across the English Channel’ to France.

  • Year 3 Exploring Colour

    Year 3 had an exciting (messy!) afternoon today exploring colour. We discussed what colour ‘light’ was and had lots of interesting responses including yellow, peach and see through! We then learnt that visible light is actually made up of seven different colours and that when light is bent through a prism it causes the light to […]

  • Year 2 Candle Jars

    The Year 2 children have been working very hard on a project set for them by Santa. Earlier in the term, Santa sent the children a letter asking for their help, as there had been a power cut in the North Pole. The children came up with an investigation which would help them to find […]

  • Snow…In Nursery!

    As we haven’t had any snow yet, the nursery children decided to make their own. First they put in the special powder, added water, and stirred and stirred and stirred, until as if by magic…snow! They even found some little penguins hiding! Continuing the snow theme, the children also made some edible snowmen out of […]

  • Pontlliw Bake Off

    The children were set a challenge to develop a variety of skills on Friday. 1. Research a wartime recipe – ICT 2. Buy the ingredients and bring in the utensils. LNF 3. Follow the instructions. Literacy 4. Weigh and measure the ingredients. Numeracy We then cooked the ingredients. While the food was cooking, pupils washed […]

  • Year 2 Candle Investigation

    Today the Year 2 children completed their candle experiment. They discovered that the pillar candle would be the best one to send to Santa because it burned the slowest, which would then mean that the elves would have light for longer so that they could make more toys during the power cut. They completed tables […]

  • Santa S.O.S.

    Yesterday the Year 2 children received a very important letter from Santa. We were asked to help him because they have had a power cut in the North Pole and the elves can’t continue making toys as they cannot see what they are doing! Santa set us the challenge of finding him a suitable candle […]

  • Could you crack the code?

    Today Blwyddyn 6 were set a challenge to communicate by using the technique of morse code. The children weren’t given any advice on how to do this but had to problem solve with their team to light the bulb and communicate as they did during World War 2.

  • Eye of the storm

    Year 5/6 thoroughly enjoyed theatre Na’nog’s eye of the storm performance. They then had the opportunity to develop their Science skills at the museum to create their own tornado.

  • 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 […]

  • Pumpkin investigation

    This week the year 2 children had a fun filled time investigating pumpkins. They practised their estimating, measuring and counting skills and worked brilliantly in groups. Best of all, they enjoyed getting messy when counting the seeds.

  • Delicious Chocolate Apples

    This week the Year 2 children made some delicious chocolate apples for a bonfire night treat. The children have been busy learning all about instructions, and practised following and giving instructions during the activity. They then went on to writing their own instructions so other children could make chocolate apples. Gwaith Bendigedig, Blwyddyn 2!

  • Tooth Decay Investigation: The results are in…

    After leaving the eggs soaking in the four different liquids over night the children made their observations this afternoon. The vinegar decayed the egg the most by entirely disintegrating the shell leaving us with a squishy egg, the orange juice left a slimy skin all over the shell and the coke and milk had little […]

  • Tooth Decay Investigation

    As part of our ‘Animals and Humans’ science topic, this week we are learning about our teeth. The children are now teeth experts and know the names of each type of tooth as well as what their “job” is. We then spent some time talking about how important it is to brush our teeth and […]

  • Foundation Phase Autumn Exploration Day

    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, […]

  • Outdoor Learning

    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 […]

  • Messy Monday

    This week, we have been reading the story ‘Charlie’s Superhero Underpants’. Charlie’s underpants go missing and a yeti finds them. The children used the outdoors to create their very own Yetis. Their creations were amazing and all so original. We then decided to go on a leaf hunt and try and find out which trees are […]

  • Daily Mile is a hit!

    Pupils have been taking part in the daily mile for almost two weeks and teachers have reported that it has been a success. Pupils are completing the mile quicker and their concentration skills have improved. We decided to implement the mile at 2pm as the afternoon sessions were long and pupils concentration was proving a […]

  • The Mummified Tomatoes

    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 were amazing – one of the tomatoes pre mummification […]

  • Year 3 Egyptian Embalmers

    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. […]

  • Year 1: RSPB visit

    Year 1 had a great time exploring our outdoor area this week. Sarah from the RSPB came to help us learn all about the creatures that we might find in our school grounds, such as woodlice, beetles, worms and we even found some newts too! Thank you to Sarah for such an informative and enjoyable […]

  • Year 2s Bioblitz Session

    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 […]

  • We’re Going on a Tree Hunt!

    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 […]

  • Playing games and building dens.

    The afternoon we went into Mill Wood to play games, build dens, light fires, make cookie dough and cook the dough. We’ve laughed so hard our stomachs hurt…your children are amazing!

  • Pontlliw Bake Off.

    Well… What an exciting day! This morning the children set up their business, thinking of a name for their company, a design for their cake, catchy slogans and looked at costing. They then researched the ingredients, amounts in grams and converted to ounces and worked through the method whilst looking at oven temperature and cooking […]