AoLE Cross-Curricular Literacy
Examples of Cross-Curricular Literacy
  • Keeping Our Language Alive.

    BBC Bitesize is an excellent tool for learning Welsh. I’ve included the link on this post to help develop the language in a fun way, for adults and children to help with learning Welsh as a second language. Diolch, Mrs Evans.

  • BBC Bitesize Lessons

    BBC Bitesize have released a fantastic new daily schedule of lessons for children of all ages, with many celebrities taking part. You can find the resources at feel free to use these resources in addition to the work we are sending home if you wish. Please note, these are just ideas for you and your children […]

  • Harry Potter at Home! ⚡️🧙🏼‍♂️

    We know from the World Book Day fancy dress costumes earlier in the year that we have an awful lot of Harry Potter fans in school, so we thought we would share the below website with you. It’s full of fun activities that the children can complete courtesy of J.K. Rowling. Enjoy! Mrs Norman

  • Celebrity Lessons throughout the day!

    We are sure you have all taken part in the Body Coach workouts, but there also are other celebrities offering lessons for various subjects across the curriculum! We hope you find some of them useful! Kind Regards,  Mrs Norman

  • Marvellous Magnets!

    The Year 2 children had great fun learning about magnets this week. They worked well making predictions before testing various items, and recorded their results carefully in a table. The children also learned how the opposite poles attract. Some children even went on to learn more about magnets by reading information books on Get Epic!

  • Mabinogion Welsh Tales

    Our KS2 pupils are in for a treat today. They will experience the very talented story teller from Big Foot Education Centre. The children will be told tales from the dark ages of the Welsh coast. They will also develop their drama skills as they take part and become part of the story.

  • Skype a Scientist – Climate Change 🌎

    Year 5 were joined by some of our Eco committee this afternoon to take part in our Skype Call with scientist Dakota Holmes from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is a Paleoclimatologist and he helped us understand the fact of climate change on our planet. We learnt the earth is getting hotter and […]

  • Stylish Spaceships

    As we have learnt a lot about the creation of Earth (God or the Big Bang debate) planets, stars, seasons, time zones and the history of space travel; we now move on to the element of flight. To engage pupils enthusiasm we started with our Design and technology project. Year 6 have been designing, making […]

  • Year 1 Kindness Jar

    This afternoon the children participated in a lesson all to do with kindness. We gave examples of how to use kind words and compared them to soft cotton wool balls. We also discussed examples of words that are unkind and compared them to scratchy sandpaper. The children felt both and compared the soft feeling to […]

  • Beautiful Bird Boxes

    As part of our Design and Technology project, Year 6 have been designing a bird box for a robin. Today Mr Hughes came in to school to help the children assemble the boxes. They also varnished the wood to protect them from the weather. Next week we will be making fat balls of seeds. We […]

  • Researching the 6 Nations Flags

    This week the Year 2s researched the flags of the countries involved in the 6 Nations rugby competition. They used Image Quest on Britannica online, to find out what each flag looks like. We also focused on the Welsh flag, and used 2D shapes to create our own versions of Y Ddraig Goch.

  • Year 3 World Book Day

    Year 3 have been taking part in World Book Day activities related to Roald Dahl. Here are some pictures of them working and their costumes:

  • World Book Day In Reception

    We have had an action packed day in Reception completing lots of different activities for World Book Day! We began by reading the book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ as this was illustrated by our author of the day Oliver Jeffers. Pupils enjoyed reading the letters written by the different crayons and then had a […]

  • Celebrating World Book Day In Nursery

    Today, the children came into school dressed as their favourite book character or wearing their pyjamas. This was to celebrate ‘World Book Day’. Our chosen author was Roger Hargreaves, so the children participated in a range of different ‘Mr Men’ activities. They made Mr Men and Little Miss characters, and even made an edible Mr […]

  • WBD Y6 2020

    Year 6 enjoyed learning about our famous author, J.K Rowling. They enjoyed creating a character profile of a story book characyer then completing a profile on J.K Rowling. They enjoyed watching Harry Potter and analysing the special fx.

  • World Book Day 2020 Year 4

    Year 4 celebrated World Book Day 2020 by dressing up in pyjamas or costumes – they all looked fantastic! We wrote book reviews of our favourite books, and used our class novel The Iron Man by Ted Hughes as inspiration for designing new front covers. They worked really hard and produced some lovely work.

  • Big Huge Thank You

    The Criw Cymraeg (Welsh Ambassadors) would kike to say a huge thank you to every one who supports our wonderful PTA. With your help, support and donations, we have been able to resources our teachers to develop the Welsh Language in Welsh lessons.

  • Communicating Using Sign

    Year 6 have recently learnt how to use sign language to communicate. It is wonderful to see them putting it in to practice. Gwaith Gwych Blwyddyn 6.

  • Year 1 Making a Rain Gauge

    This afternoon the children have been busy transforming empty plastic bottles into rain gauges. They used their reading skills to follow the instructions and their measuring skills to make a ruler to stick on the side. Next week we will be collecting data and measuring the rain that falls every day.

  • Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus

    We have already had a busy morning at Pontlliw, celebrating St David’s Day. This afternoon the children will be in our Eisteddfod: reciting, singing and being presented with certificates for the winning art and writing competitions. And of course we will be finding out who will be crowned as our ‘chair’ of the Eisteddfod from […]

  • Year 2 Dawnsio Gwerin!

    As part of the children’s learning for Welsh Week, today they learnt a lovely Welsh folk dance called Cylch Y Cymru. They worked with a partner to practice the moves before all working together to create the class dance. Dawnsio gwych!

  • Heartstrings Drama!

    Following on from our introduction to the welsh short film Heartstrings, Reception pupils took to the stage to re-create scenes from the film! We started by pretending to be sculptures, where two pupils played the characters from the film and the other pupil the Artist. It was the artists job to model their sculptures and […]

  • Learning all about the short film Heartstrings!

    This week Reception pupils have had a lot of fun studying the short film Heartstrings which was created by a Welsh artist. Pupils first began by watching the short film and spoke about the different emotions apparent within the film. We then looked at the film more closely and discussed why there was no speech […]

  • Year 1 Welsh Film

    Today we watched a short film about uncovering the story of Jac Abertawe. It showed us several places around Swansea that the children recognised and it showed where the docks were that Jac made his rescues. The children found this fascinating – recognising places that they had been to! We then played a game looking […]

  • A Monster in the Lake

    Following on from our work on the Welsh myth Yr Afanc, this week we watched a fantastic film called A Monster in the Lake. The film is based on the Afanc myth, with a modern day twist. In the film, a young girl named Anwen discovers the reason behind the Afanc’s anger is the amount […]

  • Yr Afanc Drama

    For Welsh week, we have been learning about the Welsh myth ‘Yr Afanc’, which tells of an angry water monster that lived in a lake. When the Afanc got annoyed, it would thrash it’s tail around, which would then cause flooding in the village. The myth tells us what the villagers did to capture and […]

  • Year 1 Jac Abertawe Drama

    As part of our Welsh Week studies the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Jac Abertawe – a hero dog who lived by Swansea docks and saved many lives of people that fell into the water. They have rewritten the story in their own words as well as writing an inscription about Jac for a […]

  • Our Emotion Toolkits!

    Following on from our initial lesson whereby we chose to focus on the three emotions Happy, Angry and Worried, Reception pupils have spent the week creating the emotional tool kits that they chose to have when feeling such emotions. Reception pupils each chose to have a personalised notepad where inside they wanted to draw pictures […]

  • The Legend of King Arthur!

    As part of our learning during Welsh Week, Reception pupils have had lots of fun studying the legend of King Arthur! Pupils particularly enjoyed learning all about the marriage of Arthur and Guinevere. Pupils first began by writing a wedding invitation to the wedding of King Arthur and Guinevere where they had to use all […]

  • Jac Y Do

    This term, one aspect of our PE is dance. What better way to start the unit by also learning about our Welsh Herritage. In PE this week, Year 6 learnt a Welsh folk dance. Over the next couple of weeks, they will be dancing to a variety of folk songs and dances and finishing off […]

  • Have you Packed for Wales?

    This week we have been studying Welsh film. Or focus film was called, Have you Packed for Wales? 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Year 6 studied the film and threw a dice to discuss aspects of film: Story, setting, sound, colour, camera and character. Pupils then generated 10 questions about the film ensuring each sentence began with a different […]

  • Studying Welsh Film  

    We followed on our Expressive Arts work in Year 5. We are studying the myth of Gelert this week and watched an S4C production (with subtitles) this afternoon. We looked at the Sound and Camera elements of the film and how different sounds and camera angles create different effects throughout film.

  • Year 3 Drama Session

    Year 3 pupils took part in a drama session relating to their story for Welsh Week. They took part in a variety of drama related activities and all managed to make a short play retelling the story of The Giant of Snowdonia. Here are some images of the session: 

  • Creating healthy pancakes!

    Reception pupils had lots of fun this morning designing and creating pancakes for pancake day! We decided that fruit would be a healthy decoration for our pancakes and used our understanding of emotions to create different faces based on our favourite expressions. Reception pupils could not wait to eat their pancakes and perhaps not unsurprisingly […]

  • The Sword in The Freeze Frame

    As part of our work learning about our myth “The Sword in The Stone”, year 4 have been working in groups to freezeframe some scenes we have learnt about. They worked on their positioning, height and facial and body expressions.

  • Year 2 Love is all around

    Year 2 have had a lovely day taking part in activities linked to Valentine’s Day. This morning, we learnt about the history of Saint Valentine. We looked at some Valentines symbols before everyone voted on their favourite one in a tally chart. That information was then used to create a pictogram on HWB. The favourite […]

  • Jack’s Beanstalk Life Cycle!

    Having read the book Jack and the Beanstalk as part of our Fairy Tale topic, Reception pupils were eager to learn all about how a beanstalk and therefore plants grow. We therefore decided to examine the life cycle of a beanstalk and also go outdoors to witness the different stages our plants were at in […]

  • Love is in the air ❤️

    Year 5 typed up their final drafts of their love poems this afternoon as we listened to Take That love songs (Our artist of the week) There were some beautiful poems written to boyfriends, girlfriends, families and even pets! What a lovely way to end the half term.

  • Emotion Tools

    As part if our school’s Erasmus European project, this week the Year 2 children have been focusing on emotions and self-regulation. We read lots of fantastic stories, which helped us to think about the way various emotions affect us. We discussed times when we felt delighted, anxious, frustrated, scared and so on. We then talked […]

  • Safer Internet Day 2020

    The Year 2s enjoyed completing lots of work for Safer Internet Day. We talked about personal information and learned about information that needs to be kept private when online. We also discussed people who we can and cannot trust with out personal details. The children enjoyed making online identity posters which showed what they like […]

  • Savanna Food Chains 🦁🌾

    Year 5 have been learning about the Savanna and the animals that inhabit it this week. They were looking at producers, carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and working out who ate what. They researched on a BBC bitesize website, then noted down the food chains in their science books.

  • What’s the time Mr Sundial?

    Today we rolled back time to 3500BC and challenged ourselves to make a sundial to tell the time just like the ancient Greeks and Romans did. Children measured 15 degrees with a protractor and marked out the time for each hour from 6am to 6pm. Unfortunately we were unable to test if our sundials worked […]

  • Online Equality in Year 4

    As part of safer internet day, year 4 had to discuss what they thought about equality online. They looked at different people, from themselves, their friends and families to celebrities and other online personalities. They discussed who they thought was more important, and had to justify their thinking. The discussions and chats were very sensible, […]

  • Marvellous Milkshakes!

    Our special sound of the week this week is ‘m’ so the nursery children asked if we could make some milkshakes. They were delicious!

  • Safer Internet Day Year 5

    After our KS2 assembly this morning, we delved further into our online presence this afternoon and how to create a positive identity online. We looked at what we say, how we interact and even our usernames can have an effect on how we are perceived online by our peers and even future employers! We have […]

  • Welsh Music Day

    Friday 7th of February marked national Welsh Music day. Pontlliw pupils celebrated by listening to a range of Welsh artist and Welsh song, completing a variety of activities including folk dancing.

  • Year 1 Amazing Australian Fundraising!

    During our Australian topic the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the role of the firefighters dealing with the Australian bushfires. As well as putting the fires out they have an important role in rescuing the injured animals. The children decided they wanted to do something to help and came up with the idea of […]

  • Our Potion Shop!

    Reception pupils continued to learn all about money this week and have paid particular attention to using coins to pay for items! Pupils took the opportunity to use our Muddy Kitchen to create potions and then practised their mathematical skills by selling and buying those items from their peers- Pupils even went on to providing […]

  • Elephant Sanctuary Call 🐘

    Year 5 were treated to an amazing video call with an Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee this afternoon! We learnt all about the Savanna Elephant in line with our Africa topic. They also taught us about the differences between African and Asian elephants. We learnt how elephants use their bodies to survive in the wild and […]