- Feeling the Love in Year 2!
Today the Year 2 children were feeling the love, as they completed lots of Valentine’s Day themed activities. We started off by listening to and discussing the story of St. Valentine. The children then used their speaking and listening skills well, participating in group discussions about how to be a good or bad friends. They […]
- Raise The Roof With The Tallest Tower
Today Year 6 were set the challenge to build the tallest tower using marshmallows and spagetti. They had to do it as a team and resist the challenge to eat the marshmallows. Their towers needed to stand for 20 seconds and they needed to measure the height of their towers. Pupils developed their team wor […]
- Year 3 Techniquest Trip
What an amazing time we all had at Techniquest today. As soon as we arrived, the children were eager to explore all of the interactive exhibits – and they weren’t disappointed. They began by watching an interactive show called ‘The Adventures of Dr. Isosceles’. Throughout the show they had to solve problems with Dr. Isoceles to […]
- Total Eclipse of the Heart
To celebrate Welsh Music Day, Year 5 listened to two versions of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, the original and a techno version! After appraising the songs, we drew upon Mr Keegan’s musical expertise to help the children create their own Welsh techno music using google chrome lab, with some amazing results. Da […]
- Where on Earth Did the Dinosaurs Live?
The Year 2 children decided that they would like to learn about how the world has changed since the dinosaurs were alive. This week they found out about the super continent Pangea, and were amazed to find out that the continents used to be joined together. We watched some interesting videos and read a fascinating […]
- Dyn Eira Hyfryd yn Blwyddyn 2!
This week the children have been further developing their Welsh language skills whilst focusing on Dyn Eira (snowmen). Last week the children designed snowmen and wrote about them in Welsh using the third person. This week the children followed their designs and made fantastic junk model snowmen. They also completed some pelen eira (snowball) maths […]
- Burning Energy Gyda Ynni Da
On Friday 1st February we had an awesome ‘Welsh’ day – saving energy can be fun and keep you fit. We held our very own Eco School Party with this unique Pedal power experience. All the energy for the disco, was produced by pedaling bikes. It gave the pupils an understanding of the energy requirements […]
- Magnificient Matisse.
Year 1 looked at some of the work of the French artist, Matisse, this week. Following on from recent shape work completed in maths, they explored recreating a famous example of Matisse’s work: the snail! Fantastique!
- Hat testing trial
What better day to test our hats than on a cold winters day…most hats kept our heads warm. Pupils have learnt a lot about insulation and conducting heat and they applied their knowledge to real life situations. So much so, some are now wearing their hats to school on a daily basis.
- USA Skype Space Center
Year 6 were very fortunate to be part of a Skype call with the Sea, Air and Space Centre Museum in New York. Frank took us on a virtual tour and taught us about the famous Space Race. He showed us what happens to objects in space effected by the lack of atmosphere. The children […]
- Hat Mania
Following on from our ‘Why do Penguins Huddle?’ Science experiment, Year 6 have been designing, creating and evaluating hats. They developed their instructional writing skills as friends then had to peer assess their instructions. We will test the hats during our daily mile. Will the hats pass the test?
- Origami 🌟
This term our genre element is instructional work. Today pupils wrote and followed instructions to create an origami star. Pupils were confident to follow instructions and overcame the problems that they were faced with when folding the paper.
- Santes Dwynwen
The Criw Cymraeg have asked if I can pass on their ‘thanks’ for the support you have shown towards their Welsh Entrepenure sale today. With your help, buying love spoons, we have raised £55. They have decided to spend the money on Welsh signs for the outdoor areas to help raise standards in the Welsh […]
- Why Do Penguins Huddle?
As part of our topic, Year 6 have been learning about insulators and conductors. They have also been researching penguins and how they survive the minus temperatures. Today pupils investigated the temperature of a ‘penguin’ in a huddle, on the outer of the huddle and on its own. Pupils developed their LNF skills related to […]
- Posting postcard
Year 1 have had a busy week creating postcards. They all wrote about a place that they have visited and then created a picture using HWB. They then used their maths skills to buy a stamp from the shop and posted their postcards. Hopefully you should receive some very special post soon…
- Orienteering Experts
Year 6 have been developing their orienteering skills in PE by not only reading maps but creating their own maps on HWB. They then had to mark on the map where they would go and hide and their partners had to find them.
- Solar System Scavenger Hunt.
This afternoon, as part of our topic entry, pupils were sent on a scavenger hunt. They needed to look around the whole school to locate the answers to the space related questions. (Sorry if I haven’t taken a picture of your child – they were running too fast for me to capture 😂)
- Sioni Rhew
This week the Year 2 children enjoyed listening to a Welsh story about Sioni Rhew (Jack Frost). They then wrote in Welsh about the things Sioni Rhew likes to do in the Winter. The children made fantastic symmetrical snowflakes online and using their cutting skills, and then used a variety of materials and techniques to […]
- A Workshop Full Of Elves
Pontlliw Primary pupils have give the busy elves a run for their money today as they have been beavering away crafting an producing animations using the app ‘I Can Animate’.
- Toys, Toys, Toys!
This week the Year 2 children have been working on a Rich Task based on the theme ‘toys’. The children worked brilliantly applying their numeracy, literacy, ICT and Welsh language skills to complete a range of focused tasks. The children wrote fantastic letters to Sion Corn, using known sentence patterns. They used our Wal Cymraeg […]
- Year 2 Enterprise
The Year 2 enterprise stall is up and ready to go for tonight’s Christmas fair. Come along and support the children. Their decorations are all hand made and will be on sale for just £1!
- Let’s be Friends!
nursery and Reception have begun their week thinking about friendship! We read ‘Hugless Douglas’ by David Melling, and realised that we can all be good friends! The session began with the children creating a handprint poster, showing of their ‘Helping Hands’, they made some beautiful heart toast with a friend. There is more to come […]
- Our very own special Superheroes…
Look at our amazing superheroes in Year 1! They certainly had a super time on our Superhero Day. Following a suggestion from one of the children, we baked our own superhero themed cupcakes. We took part in a variety of superhero training exercises ad we created lots of superhero craft items too. Don’t the children […]
- Pumpkin Investigation in Year 2
This week, as part of our ‘Glitter and Glow’ topic, the year 2 children investigated pumpkins. They applied their estimating and measuring skills, looking at the height, weight and width of pumpkins. They also looked at the buoyancy of pumpkins and finally, they got very messy and counted how many seeds were in each pumpkin. […]
- Crisp Fat Experiment
Year 5 have been independently investigating how much fat is in various brands of crisps. We crushed the crisps on to squared paper and counted the amount of squares that were at least half covered in grease. We made sure the test was fair by keeping all conditions the same (dependant variables) apart from the […]
- Natural Symmetrical Butterflies
Year 2 have really enjoyed learning about lines of symmetry. The children then worked outside to apply their knowledge and skills by creating symmetrical butterflies using natural materials. The children could explain how to make their art work symmetrical, looking at position, colour and shape.
For Nursery and Reception today, we found out what it means to be a friend. We played some circle time games encouraging us to find new, old, or different friends to work with. We also had fun shouting SHWMAE! and making hats to show how proud we are. Reception challenged themselves to say ‘Shwmae’ as […]
- Building with Bing
We have been practising ‘drag and drop’ using the computers this week. The children enjoyed building with Bing Bunny and exploring how different shapes fit together.
- Outdoor adventures
Year 1 used the outdoors to support our learning in both language and maths this week. The children worked together to create a yeti (from our story Charlie’s Superhero Underpants) using natural materials. Their ideas were so imaginative! We also practised skills we have been developing in maths by doing activities linked to estimating and […]
- The Mummified Tomatoes!
What an interesting afternoon we’ve had in Year 3! After being covered in salt for the last two weeks, the children were able to free their tomatoes this afternoon in order to make their observations. It was fascinating to see what the salt had done to the tomatoes and some of the weight differences recorded […]
- Messy Monday.
Reception and Nursery have met again! Not to get up to any trouble but to complete activities all about ‘Stickman’. We have listened to the story, so set to work making ‘Stickmen’ out of sticklebricks, sticks and even created some rainbow art.. Take a look at our pictures!
- Pants Patterns
Every week, we practise our fine motor skills. This week, we focused on scissor skills and cut out lots of different patterned pants, linked to our story of Charlie’s Superhero Underpants. We then used our maths skills too and had the challenge of making a repeating pattern using the different designs.
- Yummy Mummy Biscuits in Year 3
This half term, our non-fiction writing genre is instructional writing, so this week I thought it would be a great idea to see how well the children could follow instructions in order to make an Egyptian Mummy biscuit. They all did an awesome job and they looked fantastic! After making the biscuits, the children wrote […]
- Microbit Magic
This afternoon, Mr Tavender from Bont comp came into school to further develop pupils knowledge of coding and programming microbits. The children were awesome; Mr Tavender was so impressed they were challenged to complete Year 7’s coding activities.
- Foundation Phase Code Club 📱💻
With the help of our brilliant Digital Leaders, children from Reception to Year 2 were able to log on to Hwb and try out coding on Just 2 Easy. They started by using the ‘simple’ setting but many of them quickly moved the ‘advance’ setting, where they had to pre-programme their rocket or car to […]
- Year 3 Egyptian Embalmers!
What a fantastic, messy afternoon we’ve had in Year 3 with the children becoming Egyptian Embalmers! We followed the steps of the mummification process using a tomato. First the children washed their dead bodies (the tomato) and then an incision was made for them to remove the insides. We then recorded the pre mummification weight. […]
- Transition Planning
This afternoon Year 6 have been taking a lead in their learning in preparation for their transition project in the Comprehensive in the Summer. The topic of the project is Health and Well-being. They need to plan under the headings: Physical, Mental and Social. The planning stage is underway and pupils are extremely excited.
- Databases Galore!
Year 5 have increase their knowledge of databases greatly today with the various activities we have undertaken . This morning, we analysed a database of over 800 Pokemon. Children started classifying the data with one search term, but soon were able to add 3 or more search criteria to find specific Pokemon on the list […]
- Year 3 Love Lego ‘WeDo’!
This afternoon, the children had the opportunity to use the Lego WeDo kits. It’s a fantastic tool which enables children to learn by constructing their own models and bringing them to life. WeDo also helps teach the children how technology can play an active and informative role in their learning. What a fun and exciting way […]
- We are off to Techniquest!
Reception are on their way… Bags packed and we are all ready for our adventure. We can’t wait to have some fun today learning ‘all about me’.
- The White Feather
Year 6 have had a wonderful day today. We have been to see ‘The White Feather’ produced by the outstanding Theatre Na’Nog, which was fantastic, retelling the horrific events of WW1 (in memory of 100 years next year). In the afternoon, pupils developed their knowledge of the World Wars, taking part in activities in the […]
- Year 1 use their superpowers…
This week, we read the story ‘Eliot Midnight Superhero’ and thought about what powers we would all have if we were superheroes. The children then had to use their ‘superpowers’ to problem solve and work as a team to rescue the superheroes from the ice. We have also been busy developing our fine motor skills […]
- Clever Counting.
Reception have had a visitor! Perfect Peter the Pirate made an appearance to help the Reception count and order their numbers to 10. The naughty pirate had stolen the numbers from the number line and the children had to work out the missing digits. Luckily Reception were able to help and found their numbers in […]
- Tree Data
Following on from yesterday’s tree hunt, today the Year 2 children used Hwb to show their data. We talked about which trees there were most of and least of, and the children showed off their fantastic ICT skills!
- Fitness Data Collection
Because the Year 6 pupils were looking a little too relaxed after their Summer holidays, pupils decided to assess their fitness levels; they took part in a variety of 10 activities over a minute, repeating 3 times. Pupils then calculated the total and worked out the mean. During the afternoon, pupils will coll ct data […]
- Tree Detectives
Today the Year 2 children were set a challenge. They were asked to find out which type of tree is there most of in Pontlliw park. We began by looking at leaf classification charts. We then discussed they ways in which they could gather their data. Then we went down to the park where the […]
- Beat the clock…
Year 6 are developing their competitive streak and trying to beat the countdown clock whilst improving their numeracy calculations. Each pupils choose a series of 6 numbers, combined with 4 operations to produce a final number. Their peers then had to work out how to calculate the total number. The children love this game…maybe they […]
Examples of Cross-Curricular Numeracy