AoLE Cross-Curricular Literacy
Examples of Cross-Curricular Literacy
  • 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. […]

  • Year 3 Rose Experiment Underway!

    In Science this term, we have been studying the transportation of water in plants. The children have learnt all about the importance of the roots and the stem and how they transport nutrients around the flower. To demonstrate this, we have set up a ‘Rose’ experiment to try and answer the question “Does temperature affect […]

  • Water safety

    We have been learning about water safety in Year 1.

  • Investigating Ramps

    The Year 2 children have been investigating ramps this week. Different groups investigated different questions: Does the height of a ramp affect the distance a car travels? Does the surface of a ramp affect the distance a car travels? Does the weight of a ramp affect the distance a car travels? The children loved making […]

  • Manic Melting!

    Year 4 have been learning about changing state in science this term, and today they were investigating which materials melts quickly and which melt more slowly. They planned brilliantly, using scientific knowledge and experience to make predictions to answer their enquiries. Once they have drawn up the results, they can write about what they found […]

  • Digital Dragons Present to the School!

    Our Digital Dragons presented 5 different apps/online areas that could cause problems to children outside of school. Whilst the children shouldn’t be accessing most of the things we talked about while they are in Primary School due to age restrictions, we understand that some do. Therefore we created Presentations to help children know the do’s […]

  • Entrepreneur Presentation

    This morning the Sassy Sisters presented to the Entrepenure judges at Trallwn Primary. They were amazing, confident and sassy! They discussed their buisness venture and how much profit they had made selling their handmade items.

  • Mighty Mountain Maths

    Year 4 headed outside this afternoon to draw some scaled down versions of famous mountains around the world. They divided the official height by 1000, then rounded their numbers to give their playground height.

  • Perfect Penguins!

    This week the Reception began their investigations to find out about Emperor Penguins. We have begun to look at their habitat, their food and looking at where in the World Penguins live…. Some of the answers may surprise you! Reception then completed some challenges with Bee bots, information gathering on the computer… even making chocolate […]

  • Blustery Day Fun!

    Winnie the Pooh was the inspiration for the Reception to complete some science challenges using balloons! The children experimented with static electricity and found out what items a balloon could pick up. They also looked at the temperature of air and the effect it would have on a balloon… I think the children were surprised […]

  • Year 3 Sticks and Stones!

    Thank you to P.C Parry who came in this week to do a ‘Sticks and Stones’ session with the Year 3 children. They discussed ways in which they can show care and consideration to others and how to be sensitive towards their feelings. The children listened very well and had lots of good ideas during […]

  • Super sharks

    It’s been ‘shark week’ in Year 1 and we have done lots of different activities. We have been investigating why sharks don’t sink and we made our own ‘Shark Academy’ videos, using the green screen, to explain this. We have also been finding out about the different types of sharks and have been sorting them, […]

  • Lighthouse Research

    Following on from their work on the story The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch,the Year 2 children worked hard researching lighthouses. They read lots of non-fiction books on Get Epic, completed anticipation grids before finding out different facts, and used their maths skills to calculate and order the heights of various lighthouses from around the world.

  • Vicious Volcanoes!

    Year 4 have been learning all about Volcanoes, how they work and the Ring of Fire! They have also learnt about the tectonic plates which make up the world.

  • Enterprising Entrepreneurs

    Congratulation to our young entrepreneur pupils who sold their products at Castle Gardens in Swansea on Friday 14th June. Collectively they raised over £200 profit. Absolutely outstanding girls, you did Pontlliw proud.

  • Titanic

    We have been learning all about the Titanic. First, the children used HWB to write their own reports about the Titanic. The children then had the task of designing and creating their own ships. They thought of names for their ships, created posters to advertise and persuade others to go on them, presented their ships […]

  • Year 3 Flower Dissection

    The children have had lots of fun this week 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 […]

  • Worded Problems in Year 2

    This morning the Year 2 children enjoyed solving worded problems. They read very carefully and discussed the language in the questions, deciding whether they needed to add or subtract to find the answers. Super work Year 2!

  • Minecraft Competition

    Over 30 pupils have entered a minecraft competition run by ERW over the next month. They have been challenged with creating a futuristic school, 100 years from now. It has been amazing to see the initial engagement and I’m looking forward to seeing their creations develop.

  • Finding out about Habitats

    After our visit to the WWT Llanelli, the children decided that they would like to learn more about habitats, and the animals that could share the same space. We began by investigating our own outdoor areas, and thinking about the animals we see within them. We also talked about animals that come out at night, […]

  • Reception at the Wetlands Llanelli.

    What a wet and windy day! But spirits were not dampened, the reception were ready to learn all about the differences between themselves and birds. As part of our ‘Amazing Animals’ topic, the children wanted to find out about birds, what they eat, where they live, how they eat and how they swim. The children […]

  • Oral Health Assembly

    Today, we have been learning about the importance of oral health. Helen, our school nurse, kindly came in to school to present a very informative assembly about brushing our teeth and what we need to do to keep them nice and healthy. Thank you Helen!

  • Enterprising Event

    All year, Year 6 were presented with an enterprise project. This project has provided them with opportunities to develop their Literacy,Numeracy, Digital and Creative skills. They have been researching, writing letters to companies for advice, trailing products in school, collecting popularity data and analysing results, making, designing, advertising, presenting and finally selling. Thank you to […]

  • Dyma fy ffrind!

    This week the Reception children have been thinking about the wonderful things their friends do. The children discussed all of their favourite things about each other, and then they thought about the special things they do themselves. The children created some beautiful pictures, ready for display in class. Take a look……

  • Crucial Crew Training

    Year 6 have had an amazing day at the Territorial Army Training Center. They have had workshops with the Police, Road Safety, The Army, Lifeboat, Food Standards Agency, PCSO and The Fire Service.

  • Healthy Heroes Workshop

    Earlier this week, the Healthy Heroes took part in a variety of workshops aimed at highlighting local and global issues. They took part in a variety of team games which encouraged leadership and problem solving skills. They finished by creating an action plan designed to enable us to make a positive impact in our community. […]

  • Oil spillage in Year 1…

    We have been learning about water pollution and how we can help the planet. We read two books ‘I can save the Ocean’ and Oil Spill’. We were shocked at how difficult it is to clean up oil, so we put it to the test by having our own ‘oil spillage’ in class. We investigated […]

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars this week!

  • Tour de Pontlliw

    This morning Year 6 cycled 10 miles around the school yard as part of their Tour de France topic. Pupils refuelled with water and orange segments. Pupils also had the opportunity to code the drones to follow the cycle journey of the riders.

  • Year 3 Explore the Chatterkid App

    Today, we explored the Chatterkid app. First, the children researched a few fun facts about a rainforest animal of their choice then used the app to record the information they found. Lots of fun was had by all. Well done Year 3!

  • Year 3 Indigenous Tribe Research

    This afternoon, the children used the chrome books to research information about rainforest tribes. They were all really enthusiastic about the task and couldn’t believe that the largest tribe in the Amazon rainforest has over 20,000 members! Why don’t you ask them about another interesting fact that they found out today?

  • Centripetal and Centrifugal Force

    We talked about Centripetal and Centrifugal force in Year 5 this morning. Once the children understood the the forces, they they put the theory of the balanced forces to the test by spinning a bucket of water above their heads, trusting that centrifugal force would keep them dry, while centripetal force would be trying to […]

  • Minecraft Mayhem!

    We have taken our theme-park business one step further in Year 5. After drafting our parks and working out profits and costs on spreadsheets, we have started to build our parks using Minecraft for education which is now available for all Welsh pupils via Hwb. The children led the learning after coming up with the […]

  • Art Project Finale

    Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed their Monet art project. today we added our final touches to Claude Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ painting. Pupils have researched Monet’s paintings, made observational drawings, copied an inspirational artist and created a piece of art work using a variety of 2D and 3D techniques. I’m sure that you’ll agree that their […]

  • Mad about Minibeasts!

    What a fun day! Reception were out and about again learning in the outdoor area. Their challenge this week was to find Minibeasts. We read our book and chose our favourites, and then went out and about to discover the different creatures in Pontlliw School. Try it at home pop down a hoop and count […]

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars this week

  • Drone Coding

    There was a mixture of fear and excitement in Year 5 this afternoon as the children were introduced to Drones for the first time. They used their coding skills to make the drones move, twist and flip in the direction they wanted. We will look at more in depth coding of the machines after half […]

  • Discussing dangerous living

    As part of our topic learning about mountains and volcanoes, year 4 have been researching and discussing the pros and cons of living near to volcanoes. They discussed their thoughts in groups, led by chair people, and came to conclusions (mostly!) about whether or not people should live near to them.

  • Outdoor Air Resistance! 💨

    We explored the opposing forces of air resistance and gravity in Year 5 today. We came to realise that an object’s weight does not determine how fast it falls – putting in to question the famous saying “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” We learnt that it is actually air resistance that determines […]