Ambitious, Capable Learners

  • Investigating Instructions in Year 2

    This week the Year 2 children have enjoyed being instruction investigators. They learned all about bossy verbs and worked brilliantly on a range of activities. Firstly, we looked at bossy verbs in sentences and how they are used to give clear instructions. Then the children completed a concept sort activity, where they had to sort […]

  • Natural Symmetrical Butterflies

    Year 2 have really enjoyed learning about lines of symmetry. The children then worked outside to apply their knowledge and skills by creating symmetrical butterflies using natural materials. The children could explain how to make their art work symmetrical, looking at position, colour and shape.

  • 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 […]

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau to our 🤩 this week

  • 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 Shape Sorting

    This week the Year 2 children have been further developing their knowledge of properties of 2D shapes. They have been focusing on quadrilaterals, pentagons and hexagons, and comparing regular and irregular 2D shapes. Today the children applied their knowledge of shape properties and sorted shapes using Venn diagrams. The children selected their own criteria and […]

  • 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!

  • Amazing Addition

    We have been practising our number bonds in Year 1. One of our challenges this week was to rescue the superheroes! In order to rescue the superheroes, the children had to make a specific total. Each superhero had been locked up with a padlock containing a number and the children had to find the corresponding […]

  • Super Problem Solving Skills

    Year 2s have further developed their super problem solving skills this week. They improved their understanding of the problem solving steps, and enjoyed trying the ‘make it simpler’ strategy when working on the focus activities.

  • Owl Collages

    This week the Year 2s enjoyed making beautiful collages of owls using natural materials. They discussed the different shades of the leaves and which materials would be best suited to the different parts of their owl pictures. I’m sure you’ll agree that the finished collages looked wonderful.

  • 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!

  • Learning About Shapes.

    The nursery children have been really busy learning all about 2D shapes. They looked for shapes hidden in the sand and in shaving foam, and they cut shapes out of playdough. They participated in a range of different shape activities and looked for different shapes in the Lego. They printed with shapes to make a […]

  • 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 […]

  • We’re Going On A Bear Hunt!

    The nursery children teamed up with reception to go on a bear hunt. They looked all around the school yard for clues. They looked on the climbing frame, the stage, in the little houses and in the construction area, and there he was hiding up a tree! You found him! Da iawn pawb! To celebrate […]

  • 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 […]

  • Super Spellers!

    Every week, the Year 2 children enjoy learning their spelling words through a variety of multi-sensory, practical activities. This week chalking, spelling beads, magnetic letters and graffiti walls were the activities available to them, and they all showed super spelling skills!

  • 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 […]

  • Throwing and Catching!

    The nursery children enjoyed their P.E lesson this morning. Super throwing and catching everyone!

  • 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.

  • Tap, Tap, Tap!

    The Nursery children had a great time today. To develop their hand eye coordination and fine motor skills, they hammered golf tees into a melon! They were very careful and put their safety googles on first. What fun!

  • Fabulous Fresh Fruit Kebabs.

    Our number of the week this week was three, so the children made some healthy fruit kebabs using three different fruits. They chose from a selection of fruit including; apples, strawberries, kiwi, tangerines, bananas and pineapple. What a healthy snack! They tasted delicious too.

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars 🤩 this week.

  • 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 […]

  • Clever counting in Year 1

    In maths, we have been practising our counting skills and matching objects/pictures to a number. We have played lots of different superhero games to support this. Great work Year 1.

  • Super spelling

    We have been busy practising some tricky spelling words in Year 1 using cotton buds and paint!

  • 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 […]

  • Speaking and Listening.

    The nursery children have been busy this morning taking part in a range of activities to help develop their speaking and listening  skills. They brought a selection of items from home to discuss in ‘Show and Tell’. They played a variety of games, which involved listening carefully and following instructions. They played ‘Copy Me’ with […]

  • 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 […]

  • Clever Counting.

    Reception have had a visitor! Perfect Peter the Pirate made an appearance to help the Reception count and order their numbers to 10. The naughty pirate had stolen the numbers from the number line and the children had to work out the missing digits. Luckily Reception were able to help and found their numbers in […]

  • 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 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!

  • Mindfulness Matters

    The children enjoyed their first mindfulness after school club. We have been doing yoga stretches, colouring, relaxation and breathing techniques.

  • Fitness Data Collection

    Because the Year 6 pupils were looking a little too relaxed after their Summer holidays, pupils decided to assess their fitness levels; they took part in a variety of 10 activities over a minute, repeating 3 times. Pupils then calculated the total and worked out the mean. During the afternoon, pupils will coll ct data […]

  • Outdoor Fun!

    The nursery children had great fun exploring the outdoor area this morning. They explored the fairy garden, where they found snails and worms as well as fairies! They then decided to use the blocks in the construction area to build some houses for the fairies. Well done nursery. Gwaith da!

  • 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 […]

  • Creating Stories in Year 2

    This week the Year 2 children have been looking at the book ‘The Little Yellow Leaf’ by Carin Berger. The children enjoyed looking closely at one of the illustrations without reading the book, and further developed their prediction and questioning skills based on what could happen in the story. Today they looked at more pictures […]

  • Beat the clock…

    Year 6 are developing their competitive streak and trying to beat the countdown clock whilst improving their numeracy calculations. Each pupils choose a series of 6 numbers, combined with 4 operations to produce a final number. Their peers then had to work out how to calculate the total number. The children love this game…maybe they […]

  • First day in Year 1

    The children have had a fun, action packed day in Year 1. We did some ‘getting to know you’ games and activities and we had a treasure hunt in the afternoon to help us get to know the classroom better. Hopefully your children should sleep well tonight after our busy day and I look forward […]

  • The Start of a Last Chapter

    Year 6 settled in to school like a flash and have worked hard all day…long may it continue. This year is an extremely busy and important year for year 6; it is going to fly. I have every faith in them to raise the roof – let’s do it; we’ve got this!

  • First Day Fun!

    The nursery children enjoyed their first day of the new school year. It was lovely to see all their smiling faces this morning and we look forward to another fun filled year together.

  • Year 2 Graduate in Style!

    Today the Year 2 children enjoyed a little graduation ceremony, where we celebrated their achievements from throughout the year. Each child received a certificate unique to them, celebrating lovely positive traits, and everybody enjoyed guessing who would receive each award! What a lovely way to end our wonderful Year together. Year 2, you are all […]

  • A celebration 🎉 with friends

    After an emotional leavers assembly, Year 6 celebrated their efforts with a trip to the local shop to buy treats and quality time spent with friends at the park. It’s been quite a phenomenal year! We are going to miss your children so much.

  • Tasty Toasties!

    The nursery children enjoyed making some tasty toasties this morning. Delicious!

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau to our stars 🤩 this week

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Lighthouse Junk Modelling

    The Year 2 children made some excellent junk model lighthouses this week. They were set the task of designing and creating model lighthouses that were at least 25cm high, with a working door and a light at the top. As you can see they worked brilliantly and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Excellent work Year 2!