AoLE Cross-Curricular Literacy
Examples of Cross-Curricular Literacy
  • Where does our food grow?

    As part of our learning about Harvest celebrations, the year 2s enjoyed finding out where various foods grow. The children enjoyed learning about bananas, peppers, potatoes, avocados, pineapples and grapes. They then labelled world maps to show their findings.

  • Organ Presentations

    Year 5 have swapped roles and became teachers this week. They have been busy researching the different organs in the body and this week it was time to teach the rest of the class (and me) about their chosen organ. We learnt lots of interesting facts from each other and now know a lot more […]

  • Supertatoes to the rescue!

    We had great fun making our Supertatoes! The children used the illustrations in the book to help them identify the colours they needed and they did a fantastic job of making their own supertatoes!

  • Super Ambassador Event

    Two of our Healthy Heroes attended Super Ambassador training this week. They had the opportunity to meet the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland and they took part in a variety of workshops and activities linked to Children’s Rights. They have lots of information and special missions to share with our school over the coming […]

  • Super shapes

    We have been learning all about shape this week in maths. We have been busy exploring and finding different shapes in our environment. We have played lots of different games and we have tried to make our own 3D shapes using playdough.

  • Super Food Sorting

    As part of our topic ‘Glitter and Glow’, the Year 2s have started to learn about Harvest. This week, the boys and girls used Venn and Carroll diagrams to sort various items of food. They enjoyed learning the names of lots of foods in Welsh, and worked together to decide where the food should go. […]

  • Autumn Senses Walk

    As part of our topic ‘Glitter and Glow’, we Year 2 have enjoyed learning about the changes that happen around us during Autumn. We have learned about why leaves change colour and how the changes in the weather affect the world around us at this time of year. This week the boys and girls went […]

  • Collaboration in Year 5

    We have been learning about the Roman Invasion of Britain in Year 5. Children were provided with the revelant research materials on Hwb Playlists as well as library books and the topic wall in class. They then collated their research in a Collaborative Class Notebook in Microsoft Teams. Competition kicked in when the pupils could […]

  • Year 2 Diwali Dance!

    This week Year 2 have been learning about a special festival called Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Their dance lesson this week was based on this. They responded to music, making movements like they were preparing for the special event. During the dance they pretended they were cooking a special meal, cleaning the house, […]

  • Spelling Fun in Year 5

    Year 5 had a different kind of spelling lesson today. We used the coding element of Minecraft to input our new spelling words and move the ‘agent’ around our worlds using the spelling words as the commands. The children loved this different approach and this helped them in the learning of their new words.

  • Mountain men of the Rocky Mountains

    Year 4 were treated to another Skype lesson from Carrie at the Buffalo Bill Centre of The West in Wyoming, USA. They learnt all about the mountain men who travelled West in search of work, how they lived, hunted and trapped beavers for their pelts. It was a fascinating talk and the children joined in […]

  • Crazy for Kahoot

    Our Criw Cymraeg love Kahoot and are developing their Welsh vocabulary in order to assist the school in improving their use of the Welsh language.

  • Learning outdoors!

    Reception have had a fantastic time going on an outdoor letter hunt and learning to group objects using outdoor resources!

  • Criw Cymraeg

    The Criw Cymraeg have been working hard to develop the ethos of Welsh in our school. This Year our focus is achieving the 100 targets for our Silver award.

  • All about organs ❤️ 🧠

    Year 5 have been learning all about the organs in our bodies during our science lessons. We had six groups, each looking at one of the following: Brain Lungs Heart Kidneys Liver Digestive system Each group researched their chosen organ and has created a fact filled PowerPoint to present back to the class next week!

  • What Can You Hear?

    The nursery children took part in a fun activity today, with the aim of developing an awareness of different instrumental sounds. They were given a selection of different instruments, and they had to close their eyes when an adult played one of the instruments. They then had to identify which musical instrument had been played. […]

  • Run for Cover

    As part of our WW2 topic we are studying how people survived WW2. Year 6 had lots of fun developing their problem solving and team work skills building dens in our outdoor area. We embraced the experience by dressing in the 1939 – 1945 era.

  • Healthy Heroes

    Our Healthy Heroes had a busy meeting this week. As groups, they discussed what they feel we should focus on this year. They also planned how to take part in a competition to design a mascot for a Swansea Bay Health Charity. Finally, the Year 6 children had to decide between them which events they […]

  • Handy hands

    As part of our handwriting session, we have also been developing our fine motor skills. We have been capturing and rescuing the superheroes by threading/unthreading them. We also used our superhero lego to practise fine manipulation skills.

  • PC Parry Safe Surfing

    Thank you to PC Parry for visiting our school today to remind us to keep us safe when we are surfing on the internet.

  • Criw Cymraeg Develop Confidence

    In our pupil voice meeting this week our Criw played Kahoot to develop their Welsh knowledge and Welsh vocabulary.

  • Nursery’s Listening Walk

    The nursery children went on a listening walk today. They especially enjoyed walking around the nature area, where they heard birds singing and the leaves on the trees rustling in the wind.

  • Skype a Scientist

    Year 5 got to speak to Dr Richter this afternoon. She is a biology scientist and taught us how she can tell what people who lived thousands of years ago used to eat, by scraping the plaque from their teeth! We looked at different food groups in line with our science focus and saw how […]

  • Skyping America – Buffalo Bill Center of the West

    Year 4 were treated to a fascinating lesson about the buffalo and its relevance to the Plains Indians in the West of America – delivered by Carrie from the Buffalo Bill Center of The West in Wyoming! They learnt about the buffalo, how they were hunted and how Plains Indians used everything from them in […]

  • Woodland Animal Research

    The Year 2 children decided that they would like to find out about some of the animals that we see in the woodland at this time of year. They enjoyed using Get Epic to research various animals, including squirrels, hedgehogs, badgers and foxes. Super research skills, boys and girls!

  • We belong…

    As part of our R.E./PSD, Year 1 have been considering the theme of ‘belonging’. This week, the children brought in a photo of someone who is special to them. It was delightful to hear them speak so enthusiastically and lovingly about their special person and there was lots of fantastic discussions about the importance of […]

  • Missions are go!

    Year 4 have spent the afternoon working on their missions, chosen by pupils in the class. They have been writing poems, creating digital surveys, writing newspaper articles and created Wild West maths games.

  • Year 2 Football Skills

    Year 2 have been busy developing their football skills. They practiced passing and dribbling before moving on to mini team games. Ardderchog!

  • Features of a Recount

    Year 5 were studying Recount texts this morning. We looked at the different features that could be found in these texts: An overview for what, who, when, where and why in the introduction Time connectives Past tense vocabulary Chronological order Conclusion The children were given a variety of texts and were tasked with finding these […]

  • Exploring databases

    Year 5 pretended that money was no object this afternoon as they studied the Tui holidays, Smyths and Argos websites. We learnt that we can narrow down our results by filtering the databases on the website in order to find our preferred items. We compared this with our standard j2e databases and saw how similar […]

  • Rainbow Fish Rights

    This week the Year 2 children decorated their own colourful fish based on the story ‘The Rainbow Fish’, to illustrate how everybody is unique, special and how we all have the same rights. Our fish will be displayed on our class charter, along with the top ten rights and responsibilities as voted for by the […]

  • WANTED!

    Year 4 have had great fun writing and making their Wild West WANTED posters. They’ve created a true cast of ruffians that need to be captured!

  • A super start to Superheroes…

    We have been busy activating our prior knowledge about our topic of Superheroes. We took part in a variety of different games and activities that encouraged us to think and talk about what we already know about Superheroes…

  • Adjectives are awesome!

    Our literacy focus is recount this half term. We studied various recounts this morning in Year 5 and looked at the different features that make up this text type. We also started introducing Figurative Language. We tried to improve the recounts by adding a ‘Rule of 3’ to every adjective we came across. The children […]

  • Celtic Warriors!

    Lots of the Year 5 children asked if they could learn about Celtic Warriors in our planning lesson last week, so today we used Hwb playlists to research everything about the historic warriors. They also had the chance to have their face painted like a warrior at the end of the day to get into […]

  • Our First Week in Year 2!

    The Year 2s have had a fantastic first week. The children have enjoyed exploring their new classroom and have completed lots of activities, including handwriting, discussing their rights, creating our class rules, finding out information about their friends, making bar charts on Hwb showing the information gathered, and discussing what they would like to do […]

  • A fun start to the year!

    This week pupils have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the story of Elmer and creating self portraits linked to our Magical Me topic.

  • Marshmallow and Spaghetti Towers in Year 3

    Yesterday we made spaghetti and marshmallow towers in class. This helped our team building skills in class.

  • We’re going through changes

    We discussed the emotional changes the Year fives may experience as they develop into teenagers yesterday. We saw a clip from Harry Enfield and friends when Kevin turned from a sweet, lovely 12 year old to a grumpy, tired teenager at the stroke of midnight! We discussed strategies about how we can avoid reacting negatively […]

  • Globe Trotters!! 🌎 ✈️

    Our pupils have totalled up over 20,000 virtual miles as a result of our Skype calls around the world this academic year! We have had some wonderful virtual lessons as a result of this tool and are looking forward to more exciting opportunities next year!

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau to our stars this week.

  • Minecraft for Education Competition

    A huge well done to all the pupils who took part in our Minecraft Competition this term. The children were challenged to create a school, but 100 years into the future. All the children produced wonderful ‘worlds’ and I was extremely impressed with all their work. The children voted on their favourite entry to be […]

  • Parental Digital Workshop

    As many of you will be aware, Digital Learning is now on an even platform with literacy and numeracy in schools with the introduction of the new curriculum. It was great therefore to see parents coming to see the Digital Dragons present some of the different ICT platforms that we currently use in school. Our […]

  • Sea turtle Skype

    We had the opportunity to connect with an animal centre in Virginia, USA today, where we learnt all about the important work they do to look after different animals. We then had the chance to meet Wilson, their resident turtle. We learnt all about turtles that live on land and ones that live in the […]

  • Fun at Forest Schools

    We had a fantastic time at the Forest School site this week. We used the mud kitchen, practised our digging skills and made clay sculptures. We used up our energy levels in the willow maze and then relaxed in the hammock. We finished off with some popcorn which was heated using the outdoor fire. What a […]

  • Using our imaginations 💡

    This week, we have been using our imaginations in Year 5. We have listened to the sound from a short movie, which the children have not been allowed to see. Following this, the children discussed what could be happening, then they created 2 characters based on what they thought they heard and imagined. On Thursday, […]

  • Branching Databases

    Year 2 showed excellent ICT skills this week when creating their own branching databases about different forms of transport.

  • Year 3 Plantasia Trip

    The children thoroughly enjoyed their trip today to Plantasia, a fantastic way to end our topic – Rainforests. We spent the first part of the day being treated to a very interesting talk from a lady who had recently visited the Amazon Rainforest. She had some amazing stories to tell us about the tribal people […]

  • Ned’s Mindset Mission Show

    Last week, the whole school were treated to an interactive show called  ‘Ned’s Mindset Mission’. The purpose of the show was to help the children learn the power of ‘yet’, how to spark courage in others and how to keep learning and growing, even when we think we already know something. Through the use of […]

  • Year 3 Rainforest Fruit Art

    As part of our topic Rainforests, the children have enjoyed experimenting with some fruit themed art. The children were required to do a close observational drawing of a bowl of fruit paying close attention to detail. They began by sketching the bowl and mixed fruit then later adding detail such as shading, colour and lines. […]