AoLE Science and Technology

Examples of Science and Technology at Pontlliw
  • 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 […]

  • Cracking morning!

    Wow!! Reception have been so lucky……. We had a lovely morning with some eggstra special visitors!

  • Easter flower baskets

    The children designed their own Easter flower baskets. They used their understanding of pattern work from maths to create repeating patterns with the petals. The flowers look fantastic and the children are looking forward to bringing them home with some extra little Easter treats included too…

  • Happy Easter!

    The Year 1 children were delighted to have some special visitors in the class today…

  • Chick Fun and Games!

    Today the Year 2 children finally got to hold the class chicks! They were very excited and enjoyed spending time exercising our feathery friends! This has really helped the children get in the mood for the Easter holidays!

  • Manor Wildlife Park

    What a super day we have had in Manor Wildlife Park. We have seen lots of animals from different countries and the children especially LOVED feeding the wallabies!

  • …And Then There Were Ten!

    Today the Year 2 children were very excited because all of the class chicks have finally hatched! The children have worked in groups to decide on names for them all. They have been moved out of the incubator and are now in the brooding box. The children will be taking turns to feed and clean […]

  • We have chicks!!!

    The Year 2 children are extremely excited, as our eggs have started to hatch! Our first chick hatched this morning and the children have decided to name it Charles! The children have enjoyed adding to their daily chick diaries, carefully noting down their observations. We are eagerly waiting for the other chicks to hatch. We […]

  • Chick Watch: Day 1!

    Today the Year 2 children finally received the eggs that they have waited for! As part of our topic ‘Take a Trip in a Time Machine, we have been learning all about chicks and eggs. The children have been eagerly waiting for the eggs to arrive, and finally Farmer Nigel arrived with 10 chicken eggs […]

  • Year 3 Techniquest Trip

    What an amazing time we all had at Techniquest today. As soon as we arrived, the children were eager to explore all of the interactive exhibits – and they weren’t disappointed. They began by watching a lively presentation about light in the science theatre, which they thoroughly enjoyed – they learnt so much! They were […]

  • Egg Experts in Year 2!

    Today the Year 2 children thoroughly enjoyed investigating eggs. They learned how eggs provide food, air and protection for the chick growing inside. They enjoyed finding out about the air sac, yolk, albumen and shell…and got very messy along the way! The children worked on recording their results carefully in different ways. They are now […]

  • Mother’s Day Treats.

    I hope all of you mums had a lovely Mother’s Day yesterday. The nursery children thoroughly enjoyed making your Mother’s Day treat. I hope you enjoyed eating it too.

  • Move over Jack.. Reception are planting Beans!

    As part of our Fairytales topic, Reception have been busy planting. We got out the soil, beans, gloves and trowels.. We set to work! We hope to get some very large beanstalks, and maybe even get to climb one!

  • Year 3 Shadow Investigation

    The children have been busy the past two days investigating shadows. The question we were investigating was what happens to the size of a shadow as you move the light source away from an object? We had a mixture of predictions with some children thinking the shadow would get bigger and some predicting that the […]

  • World Book Day Celebrations

    Today pupils have had such a fun day today celebrating World Book Day. Our focus author was J.K Rowling, we wrote biography’s, book reviews and read stories to each other. We ev n had PE as various character. That was wonderful to witness!

  • Waterproof Materials Investigation

    The Year 2 children have been busy investigating which material would be the most suitable for making an umbrella. They decided that the best material would be flexible, waterproof and strong. They made some super predictions and had great ideas for testing the materials. They enjoyed writing a clear method and drawing labelled diagrams. Results […]

  • Could You Crack The Code?

    In Science this term we have been learning abo ut thermal insulators and why penguins huddle. Pupils have been busy writing code for huddling penguins. The penguins were set a challenge… to interact in Welsh.

  • 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, […]