AoLE Cross-Curricular Literacy
Examples of Cross-Curricular Literacy
  • WW2 Workshop

    Year 6 have been developing their writing skills under the expertise of a local author David Brayley. David brought in artefacts from WW2 and discussed the effects of the Blitz. The children then wrote a two part story on the effects. Their work and behaviour as a class stunned Mr Brayley, the work they have […]

  • Leaf soup anyone?

    Reception had lots of fun this morning! They followed the recipe to make a leaf soup in our outdoor Mud Kitchen! They worked in pairs and showed great team work- da iawn Recpetion!

  • Children in Need in Year 2

    Year 2 have had a busy day celebrating Children in Need.  We started the day by listening to a lovely story called Pudsey’s Great Fundraiser. Thank you to Freddy for bringing the book in! Throughout the day we decorated cupcakes, had toast, did some mindfulness colouring, watched some events live from the Children in Need […]

  • Beating Bullies

    This week was anti-bullying week. Year 2 enjoyed discussing what bullying is, and read a story which helped them identify lots of ways to stop bullying. The children also enjoyed watching the Pixar short film ‘For the Birds’, which helped the children to see that it’s ok to be different and how to stand up […]

  • Remembrance Day

    Year 1 have been learning about real-life superheroes linked to Remembrance Day this week. They created their own green screen videos explaining what they know about Remembrance day and suggesting something that they are thankful for. They also created their own poppy crafts and biscuits too.

  • A fantastic visit to the art gallery!

    We have just got back from a superb visit to the art gallery! Pupils had lots of fun. When we arrived we had a tour of the art gallery and pupils had a check list of different paintings to find. Pupils then had the opportunity to create a self portrait out of several materials such […]

  • Instructions in Action!

    Our literacy focus this half term is instructional writing. We have looked at some of the features of this genre and tried to put what we had learnt into practice by helping our partner through an obstacle course with their eyes shut. We then moved indoors out of the rain and tried to do the […]

  • Teaching Nursery about teeth brushing!

    This morning Reception pupils had a lot of fun teaching nursery pupils all about how to brush their teeth! Reception pupils taught the nursery two songs about teeth brushing as well as showing them the equipment that they use. They also gave step by step instructions and used picture cards. Da iawn Reception!

  • WW2 Hot Seating Mr Hughes

    As we celebrate Remembrance Day today we think back to all of the people who were effected by the wars. We were fortunate today to be in the company of Mr Hughes who was born during WW2. His stories of the war were informative and interesting. Pupils were enthused and hung off his every world. […]

  • Crime scene

    We are very lucky that we have been learning about the police in class because we had our very own crime scene to investigate this week. Our prize box has gone missing, so the children (armed with their notebooks to record) took on the challenge of finding out what has happened to it. They wrote […]

  • Fantastic Fireworks!

    The Year 2s have had a very busy week! They have completed lots of exciting activities as part of the ‘Glitter and Glow’ topic. The children have been focusing on learning about fireworks celebrations. They have completed lots of tasks, including: * learning about the firework safety code and creating their own safety posters * […]

  • Making Poo! 💩

    We recreated the human digestive system in Year 5 today! Children used scissors as teeth, water as saliva, gravy browning as stomach enzymes, and tights as an intestine! The children recreated the process and could see how nutrients leave the intestine into the body to be used, while the waste gets processed through the intestine […]

  • Connecting with the World! 🌎

    As we entered day two of Microsoft’s Global Connect initiative, Year 5 listened to students from Ecuador, Tunisia, USA, Pakistan and India today. They had posted videos on Flipgrid and we watched what they had to say about their countries. We then posted facts about Wales so other pupils from across the world can watch […]

  • Connecting with Argentina! 🇦🇷

    Year 5 took part in the Microsoft Global Connection Challenge today and travelled over 7000 virtual miles! We played mystery Skype with a teacher from Argentina. We did not give away the location and the children had to ask Yes/No questions to narrow the destination down! Once we correctly guessed, we asked lots of questions […]

  • Sharing Scary Stories! 🎃👻

    Year Five have written some spine tingling halloween stories this week, concentrating on using Figurative Language in their work. We were so proud of them, we shared some of them with a Year 5 class in Carmarthen via Skype. They had been creating scary stories too, so we listened to theirs during the call! We […]

  • Superhero Day

    Year 1 have had lots fun celebrating their Superhero Day today. They undertook some tricky training in order to become fully fledged superheroes. They had to use an alphabet code to find out their superhero name. They created their own superhero shields (using their problem solving skills to make sure they attached a handle). They […]

  • Brilliant Biscuits

    At the start of our topic, one of the children said that they would like to make superhero biscuits. This fitted in perfectly as we will be learning about instructions after the holiday.  The children followed the instructions to make their own biscuits…they couldn’t wait to try them at the end!

  • Baking Blackberry Tarts

    At the start of term, some of the Year 2 children said they would like to make blackberry tarts, and to taste blackberries. So today, we did just that! The children have worked brilliantly this half term, and are looking forward to taking home a delicious treat to start their half term holiday.

  • We have the X Factor

    Ant and Dec, prepare to be amazed… Pontlliw pupils have the X Factor!

  • 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 […]