Ambitious, Capable Learners

  • 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 […]

  • Rudolf.

    The nursery children have started their Christmas cooking. They decided they wanted to make an edible Rudolf. First we thought of ideas of what we could use, and come up with the idea of using chocolate tea cakes and curlywurlys, with a red smartie for the nose. Don’t they look amazing!

  • 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.

  • Awesome Advertising!

    The Year 2 children have been learning about persuasion texts. They have enjoyed watching and reading lots of adverts, and now understand the persuasive features used by companies to get us to part with our money. The children learned about superlatives, and then used them when creating their own adverts using their fantastic computer skills. […]

  • 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. […]

  • Jelly Bean Problem Solving

    Today the Year 2 children were very excited to find that one of Santa’s elves had set them a problem. The children needed to work together to sort the mixed up jelly beans. However, it wasn’t as easy as they first thought! They children grouped the sweets, using their welsh colour vocabulary with confidence. They […]

  • Circles!

    The nursery children have been learning all about circles so we decided to make circular food. Last week we toasted bagels and this week we made apple slices topped with cream cheese and sprinkles. Delicious!

  • Magical Maths Team!

    Congratulations to our ‘Maths Magic’ team, who took part in our cluster Maths event in Pontardulais Comprehensive. Each team played their heart out, and showed that Pontlliw has great Mathematical skills. All of our year groups showed great team spirit and encouraged each other to do best they could. Our Year 5/6 team got though […]

  • 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 […]

  • Marvellous Measuring!

    The Year 2 children have worked on further developing their measuring skills this week, using metres, centimetres and decimetres. They worked well selecting the appropriate unit of measurement, made excellent estimations and recorded their results carefully when measuring their shoe size, heights, lengths of Christmas wrapping paper and objects around the classroom. The children were […]

  • 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 […]

  • Year 1 Enterprise

    The Year 1 enterprise stall is up and ready to go for tonight’s Christmas fair. Come along and support the children. Their decorations are all hand made and will be on sale for just £1!

  • Year 2 Enterprise

    The Year 2 enterprise stall is up and ready to go for tonight’s Christmas fair. Come along and support the children. Their decorations are all hand made and will be on sale for just £1!

  • Elvis the Elf Has Arrived!

    Elvis the Elf has arrived in the nursery classroom! He has been sent by Santa to help the children prepare for Christmas. He thoroughly enjoyed helping the children decorate the tree. Doesn’t it look amazing!

  • Faraday Engineers

    Year 6 have had a very challenging day today. They became engineers for the day and had the fulfil a STEM workshop to design and make an aeroplane and a transporter. Each member of the group had a role and each group were given 140 Faradays to buy the materials to make the plane and […]

  • 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 […]

  • Light Investigation in Year 2

    This week the Year 2s enjoyed completing their light investigation. They were previously set the challenge of finding out which source of light would be the best to use as a nightlight for Baby Bear, after reading the story ‘Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?’. The children came up with a clear plan of what to […]

  • These Girls Can

    Today was a another proud day for Pontlliw. Our Year 6 and Year 4 all girls teams played at Play Football and were absolutely AMAZING. They played with a 100% determination and dedication. They played as a team showing encouragement and support. Da iawn merched.

  • Nursery’s Treasure Hunt.

    As part of our Children in Need activities, Mrs Keegan kindly organised a treasure hunt. The nursery children were very excited as they were able to look all around  the school for clues. The year 6 children helped the little ones to follow the map and to find the final clue that spelt ‘Pudsey’. Thank […]

  • Raising Money For Children In Need.

    The nursery children have been very busy raising money for ‘Children in Need’. They wore their pyjamas to school today and took part in a range of ‘Pudsey’ themed activities. Dai iawn everyone!

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Following instructions…

    We are learning about instructions in Year 1 this term. We followed some oral instructions to create our own Poppy biscuits. We then read, discussed and followed written instructions to make our own medals.

  • 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 […]

  • Noson Tan Gwyllt

    Super Welsh and ICT skills were shown by the Year 2 children this week. They enjoyed writing in Welsh about different fireworks that they like, and used paint tools online to create some very effective firework pictures.

  • Firework Problem Solving

    This week, the Year 2 children have enjoyed working on a number of problem solving activities linked to fireworks. They rotated around a number of activities, which included working on showing their workings when solving worded problems, using their 2 and 10 times tables to create fireworks using the Cuiseannaire rods, and further developing their […]

  • Fantastic Fireworks Poetry!

    This week the Year 2 children have enjoyed developing their own fireworks poems. They began by looking at onomatopoeia, using words such as pop, whizz, bang and whoosh to create their own fantastic shape poems. Some children used their ICT skills effectively and made their poems on Hwb, others worked together using glitter and letter […]

  • 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 […]

  • Fabulous Fireworks!

    What a busy couple of days we have had with all our firework themed activities. We made lovely glittery firework pictures,  designed our own bonfire night rocket, made fireworks out of sparkly play dough, made big firework pictures outside using different coloured chalks and we played firework pairs and number matching  games.  We even had […]

  • Coding Challenge

    Today Year 6 were set the challenge to code the theme tune to Star Wars using micro:bits. They can use the coding website at home…why not ask them to show you…I can guarantee you that you will be impressed!

  • Pumpkin Investigation in Year 2

    This week, as part of our ‘Glitter and Glow’ topic, the year 2 children investigated pumpkins. They applied their estimating and measuring skills, looking at the height, weight and width of pumpkins. They also looked at the buoyancy of pumpkins and finally, they got very messy and counted how many seeds were in each pumpkin. […]

  • Year 2 Are Instruction Experts!

    This week the Year 2 children have worked incredibly hard investigating instructions. They played barrier games, where they had to give clear instructions to their partner, and then listen carefully to the instructions given to them. They also had to listen carefully to instructions during a drawing and colouring game, which they thoroughly enjoyed. The […]

  • 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.

  • Borfa Day 4

    Today we have been rock climbing, rock hopping, absailing and for a beautiful walk along the cliffs of Port Eynon. The children are now getting ready for a Borfa’s got talent. In the morning we are off to the shop and making our way home at 12:30. The children have had an amazing week and […]

  • Borfa Day 3

    [sorry blog is late, only now sat down – photo overload) Today has been a mega busy day… started with a fully cooked breakfast, a trip to Mill Wood, den building, team building games, lighting fires, making and baking bread, cutting wood and calving sticks to make wands! We came back to the center in […]

  • Singing at Sunset

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

  • Bodyboarding and Orienteering Group 1

    The children have had yet another successful day and have achieved so much. They’ve thoroughly enjoyed bodyboarding and orienteering. Curry and chips for tea then a camp fire and marshmallows on the beach under the starts.

  • Bore Da From Borfa

    We survived our first night … the children are currently having breakfast (cereal, toast and a cooked breakfast) . We have bodyboarding and orienteering to look forward to today.

  • Pumpkin Fun.

    The nursery and reception children have had a busy morning participating in lots of pumpkin themed activities. First of all they listened to the story “Pumpkin Soup” before going outside for lots of pumpkin fun. They hammered pegs into pumpkins, made pumpkin collages, made pumpkins out of play dough, and sponge painted bowls to look […]

  • 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!