AoLE Science and Technology

Examples of Science and Technology at Pontlliw
  • Making Poo! 💩💩

    We recreated the human digestive system in Year 5 today! Children used scissors as teeth, water as saliva, vinegar as stomach acid, and tights as an intestine! The children recreated the process and could see how nutrients leave the intestine into the body to be used, while the waste gets processed through the intestine and […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Singing at Sunset

    What an absolutely stunning night we’ve had, singing songs around the camp fire, roasting marshmallows and admiring the sunset.

  • 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 […]

  • 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!

  • Super Shadow Puppets!

    Today the Year 2s enjoyed finding out about shadows. They made some fantastic shadow puppets of the characters from our focus story ‘Owl Babies’, and then used them to make shadows. The children even worked out how to make the shadows smaller and bigger. Gwaith ardderchog!

  • Eco Warriors meet again!

    Look out Pontlliw here come the warriors! The first Eco meeting of the term, generated some great ideas! The children were full of enthusiasm thinking of ways to make our school an Eco friendly place. We have talked about a mascot, and how this could promote positive Eco thinking. First task for The Eco warriors […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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’.

  • 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 […]

  • Tree Data

    Following on from yesterday’s tree hunt, today the Year 2 children used Hwb to show their data. We talked about which trees there were most of and least of, and the children showed off their fantastic ICT skills!

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • Amazing Animals!

    Reception had an awesome morning! The children were greeted by some endangered animals, some they will never experience by visiting a zoo. We had the pleasure of meeting a Bearcat, Agouti, a parrot, and a baby tortoise. The keepers gave us information about their habitat, and how they survive. Even the staff were excited!

  • 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’ […]

  • Super sharks

    In Year 1, we have been enjoying finding out all about sharks. We read that sharks have lots of different features to help them to swim and not to sink. One reason is that sharks have very oily livers, which helps them to float, so we decided to make our own ‘sharks’ and do an […]

  • Another Fun Filled Friday!

    Another busy morning in nursery.

  • Discussing Changes

    This morning Year 6 were visited by Pontardullais School 👩‍⚕️ Nurse. The nurse discussed changes to their bodies as they grow.

  • Year 2 Investigating Circuits!

    As part of our learning about ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, today the Year 2 children investigated circuits. They were all set the challenge of ‘Can you make the lightbulb shine for the lighthouse?’, and were given a range of batteries, wires and bulbs to try out. They enjoyed seeing if various circuits worked, and every […]

  • 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 […]

  • Let’s set sail…

    The children were set the task of creating their own unsinkable ships that could sail in icy waters! They chose their materials and resources to build their ships and even chose names too. They created posters to persuade other to board their ships and then they sold tickets to each other (remembering they’d need to […]

  • Year 1: Ship challenge

    The Year 1 children have been set the challenge of creating ships that can sail across an icy ocean, without sinking! The children investigated which materials would be best and then got to work building their ships. Next, the children had to name their ships and, using their persuasive writing skills, create a poster to […]

  • Year 3 Rainbow Roses

    This week in science the children have been studying how flowers drink water. They learnt about the importance of the roots and the stem and how they transport nutrients around the flower. To demonstrate this we set up a rainbow experiment. With adult help the children cut the stem in half and put each half […]

  • Year 3 Flower Dissection

    The children had lots of fun this afternoon learning all about the different parts of a flower. They were shocked to learn that flowers all have male and female parts. After a long discussion they had the opportunity to put on their rubber gloves and use tweezers and magnifying glasses to investigate further. They thoroughly […]

  • Super Children…. With Superworm!

    Welly Wednesday has been all about wonderful worms, and the fantastic book ‘Superworm’. We listened to the story, joining in with the Superworm chant….. ‘Superworm is super long, Superworm is super Strong….’ we then danced to the Superworm rap, and then completed our fun activities… Take a look at the pictures.

  • Crazy Kahooters

    This morning Year 6 were in for a treat…4 new teachers! Our digital leaders taught the rest of the class to take part in an online quiz called Kahoot. Pupils competed against each other and also wrote their own quiz for others to answer. Why don’t you test their knowledge against yourselves at home?

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our 🤩 this week. Can we also take this opportunity to congratulate our entrepreneur groups from Year 6 who are running a successful business for our pupils after school; offering a range of activities in ‘Attitude’ and an opportunity to develop drama and ICT in ‘Movie Maker’.

  • Year 3 National Botanic Gardens Part 2

    More photos for you to enjoy form our trip today to the National Botanic Gardens …

  • Mad about Minibeasts

    Reception are completely MAD especially when it comes to minibeasts! The children listened to a fabulous story, and went off to hunt for some of their favourite minibeasts. The children were expert investigators, finding slugs, snails, worms, wood lice we even saw a bumble bee buzzing past!

  • Year 3 Flower Hunt

    The children had the opportunity to explore our outdoor area this afternoon – looking for plants and flowers. Their aim was to sketch as many different varieties as they could find. When we got back to the classroom the children were then given identification sheets to see if they could identify the flowers that they […]

  • Under the sea

    This week we have been activating our prior knowledge in preparation for our new topic of ‘under the sea’. We have explored and observed different items that you might find in the sea and we have shared lots of facts and information that we already know. We explored our colourful ‘coral reef’ looking for and […]

  • Waffles and Weaving!

    Our special sound of the week this week is ‘w’, so the nursery children made some delicious waffles. First we toasted the waffles then the children  chose from a selection of tasty toppings. Yummy! Then they went outside to do some weaving. They threaded some brightly coloured ribbon through the fence in the nursery yard. […]

  • The Big Bang Show

    Today Year 5 and 6 visited Parc Y Scarlets to experience a Science show. The children learnt all about how bubbles are formed and why they create a sphere shape. As we are learning about gravity and forces, this was a perfect show to be a part of. Pupils then had a show on ‘The […]

  • Stargazers

    Today Blwyddyn 6 followed instructions to create a star ⭐️ shape through repeated patterns. Pupils had to measure and cut 12 squares (15cm by 15cm) to create the origami arrangement. We also listened to a composition of creative music. Pupils also had the opportunity to walk in space using the VR Google’s. It was very […]

  • Topic Entry – Space and Flight

    The children started their day by activating their prior knowledge related to Space and Flight. Pupils read books on Get Epic and recalled the new information read. We then experimented the effect of gravity and flight. Pupils created paper planes and measured the distance of flight.

  • Daily Mile Data Analysis

    Year 5/6 completed their 6 months training period to help develop their health and well-being, fitness and concentration levels. They all took part in a variety of exercises and a bleep test. In the afternoon Year 4, 5 and 6 took part in an online survey to collect data about their day to day activities […]