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

  • Healthy Eating Nutrition

    Not only are we working on developing our healthy minds but also developing our knowledge of nutrition; looking at the healthy plate and sugar content in drinks. Pupils then had the opportunity to scan drinks, using the app food scanner, they were shocked by the results. Pupils analysed the data, including sugar, salt, fat and […]

  • Year 6, We Smashed it!

    Congratulations to Year 6 for all of their hard work this week. I am so proud of you all, your dedication and want to succeed was one to be admired. Thank you, Diolch.

  • Writing Practise.

    What better way to practise our letters than writing with chalk! Reception had fun copying letters, practising their name and making a picture to go with it. Well done Reception beautiful work!

  • Year 3 Branching Database

    This week, the children have been busy using the chrome books to research different Amazon rainforest species. Once they had completed their research, they then used this information to create a branching database on Hwb where they had to think really carefully about what they had researched in order to sort the animals correctly. The […]

  • Thrill Engineer Skype Call 🎢🎡🎠

    Year 5 were treated to a Skype Call with Professor Brendan Walker this afternoon. Brendan Walker is a thrill engineer and helps theme parks across the world design rides that both scare and excite thrill seekers. He took time out to speak to us and answer our questions. We learnt a lot and it fitted perfectly […]

  • All About Forces 🍎

    We have begun to learn about different forces in Year 5. We used a variety of materials and resources to independently learn about the different types of force that are present around us. The children shared their knowledge at various intervals during the lesson so that other groups could gain from their friends’ research!

  • Year 1 explore Chatterpix

    We explored the Chatterpix app this week (with a little help from Year 6 too!) by choosing a sea creature and recording what we already know about that animal.

  • Mountain Databases

    Year 4 made a great start this week creating databases of mountains around the world. They researched specific facts, then entered them into J2Data. They will continue adding to the database as the term goes on.

  • Year 6 – Tour de France

    The pupils are excited to start their new topic, which is Tour de France. Our main focus for this term is health and well-being; looking at nutritional bars, effects of exercise on our bodies and making the right choices to live a healthy lifestyle. The children have written their question on to their learning leaves, […]

  • Forces – Levers

    Year 5 started their forces journey today as we looked at Levers and how they help us when shifting heavy loads. We learnt that by changing the position of the fulcrum, that we need far less effort to shift a heavy load (and a Year 5 teacher!) The children then investigated  this theory, documenting their […]

  • Journey With Us Over Land, Sea, Air and Space!

    The Year 2 children have thoroughly enjoyed activating their prior knowledge about transport, in preparation for the start of this term’s topic ‘Journey With Us Over Land, Sea, Air and Space’. We looked at lots of images of different ways of travelling and various forms of transport, and the boys and girls came up with […]

  • Interesting India

    We have been learning about different countries and one of the children asked to learn about India. One of our pupils kindly brought in lots of her own special items from India and helped us to learn more about this fascinating place. A huge thank you to this pupil, it was lovely to see the […]

  • Fantastic St. Fagans!

    The Year 2s thoroughly enjoyed their trip to St. Fagans museum of Welsh life today. We saw lots of things that we have learned about this term as part of our topic ‘Take a Trip in a Time Machine’. The children were particularly fascinated by the different houses from various eras, the shops and the […]

  • Digital Dragons hard at work!

    Our Digital Dragons recently compiled a questionnaire for all pupils in Years 2 to 6. We were shocked at the results! 20% of pupils watch YouTube for 3 hours or more per night 30% of pupils had spoken to someone online that they didn’t know 50% of pupils play games or have apps that have […]

  • Live Skype Session with Dr. Jane Goodall

    This afternoon, Year 6 joined in live to Dr Jane Goodall who set up the scheme of ‘Roots and Shoot’. Dr Jane visited Africa in her younger days and discovered her love for chimpanzees. She decided from that day that she would do all that she could to help the planet. Her message to us […]

  • Fairytale Challenge!

    The children in Reception have been completing challenges left by some very famous characters. Goldilocks, Red Riding hood, The 3 pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk have all been thinking up tasks for the children to complete. Reception took it very seriously, they popped their wellies on and it was head down and work! All […]

  • Fun with Weststreet.

    Foundation Phase have had a fun filled morning developing their gymnastic skills with the coaches from Weststreet Gymnastics Centre.

  • Year 3 are Proud to be Autism Aware

    As it is Autism Awareness Week this week, we have all enjoyed finding out more about Autism in Year 3. It has given us the opportunity to celebrate our similarities and differences and deepen our understanding and empathy for others. The children have also enjoyed making jigsaw puzzle biscuits this week. Each one completely unique […]

  • Year 3 Investigate Shadows

    The children have been busy the past two weeks 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 interesting predictions with some children thinking the shadow would get bigger and some predicting that […]

  • Money Sense with NatWest

    Year 5 and 6 have spent their day developing their detective skills, solving crimes of fraud. At the age of 11, pupils are entitled to their own bank accounts! Thank you to NatWest experts for guiding us in the right direction to keep our identities safe.

  • Year 3 Beautiful Candle Creations

    On Tuesday, the year 3’s were lucky enough to take part in a candle making workshop as part of our topic, light and sound. One of our lovely mums, Mrs. Isaac, offered to come in and help the children create their very own scented candles. Mrs. Isaac talked the children through the making process and […]

  • Manor Park

    What a lovely, action-packed day we have had at Manor Park. We saw lots of animals from countries we have studied this term and we had lots of fun in the different areas around the park. What a super day!

  • Investigating Eggs

    Phew, what a busy day we’ve had in Year 2! The children were set a challenge…find out how eggs help to protect a chick when it is growing inside. The children worked their way around a number of tasks, showing lots of enthusiasm and excellent skills with recording their observations in different ways. They looked […]

  • P.C. Parry Teaches Year 2 to Play Safe

    This morning, Year 2 were visited by P.C. Parry. We talked about safe places to play. The boys and girls showed an excellent understanding of how to stay safe in their local environment.