AoLE Expressive Arts
Examples of Expressive Arts at Pontlliw
  • Learning the flute 🎶

    Year 5 impressed with their flute playing skills today! They began to learn the well known tune “Baby Shark” and could hold a tune well. Super work everyone.

  • 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 […]

  • National Welsh Music Day 2020

    Year 3 have been listening to songs by Welsh artists such; as Feeder-Buck Rogers, Bonnie Tyler-I Need A Hero, Catatonia-International Velvet Catatonia and The Manic Street Preachers- Design For Life. They have created a song review their favourite song. 

  • Dyn Eira Models

    Last week the Year 2s designed their own Dyn Eira, writing about the clothing worn in Welsh. This week the children enjoyed following their designs to make their Dyn Eira models. The children used Welsh clothes and colours vocabulary to talk about their designs.

  • Fantastic Fossils!

    This week the Year 2s enjoyed learning about how fossils are formed. The boys and girls then experimented with making their own fossils, making prints in clay using interesting parts of dinosaur models. The children commented on the textures and shapes they could see.

  • Maths Year 3 Symmetry

    Today Year 3 have been taking part in various symmetry activities. Here are some images of their learning:

  • Year 2 Digital Musicians

    The children have been using a website called Google Chrome Music Lab this week to create musical masterpieces! They used the website’s Kandinsky experiment to draw pictures linked to their topic which then produced a piece of music. They were able to talk about some musical elements such as pitch and dynamics. They had an […]

  • Dyn Eira Designs

    We have been using lots of Welsh vocabulary about Winter in Year 2 this week. We read a lovely story called ‘Hwyl yn y Parc yn y Gaeaf’, and we described lots of clothing in Welsh. After discussing what they like to do in the park in the Winter, the boys and girls set to […]

  • Year 1 Australian Songline

    We have had a fun afternoon today experimenting with the musical instruments and creating our very own songline. Songlines are an important part of Australian history and they tell stories of how and where the indigenous people travelled – like a memory. In small groups the children chose an instrument and thought about the sound […]

  • A musical Afternoon In Nursery.

    There was a lovely sound coming from the nursery classroom this afternoon, the children were playing musical instruments. They sang their favourite nursery rhymes and played along to the music. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Learning symmetry through creative movement!

    Reception pupils used their mathematical skills in our creative movement lesson today! Here their task was to create a dance routine with a partner whilst ensuring that they were symmetrical in their actions. Pupils enjoyed the challenge and then demonstrated their routine to the whole class. Pupils then had the secondary task of performing actions […]

  • How was Earth formed?

    This week the Year 2s enjoyed using their research skills to learn about how the Earth began. We talked about where Pontlliw is and the children loved using Google Earth to locate our school. We then zoomed out and looked at Swansea, Wales, the UK and finally zoomed right out to look at the shape […]

  • Year 1 Chinese Dragon Dance

    The children enjoyed creating dragon dances this afternoon. They worked together well in their groups thinking about high and low levels and also changing direction. They performed their dances and gave each other tips for how to improve their performance next time.

  • Creating a new home for the Three Little Pigs!

    Reception pupils got set the challenge today of creating a new home for the Three Little Pigs out of natural materials found in the outdoor area. They had to ensure that they worked as a team and used their understanding of materials to build a house that would not fall down! We even tested the […]

  • Lollipop Stick Trolls

    This afternoon, the nursery children used lollipop sticks, feathers and googly eyes to make some colourful trolls. Don’t they look amazing!

  • Last Violin Lesson

      Year 3 have undertaken 6 weeks of violin lessons! They have done a fantastic job and learnt some lovely new songs.

  • Symmetrical Snowflakes

    The Year 2s decided that, as part of their topic this term, they wanted to learn about the changes in the seasons, especially Winter. They made super snowflakes, and were able to show where the lines of symmetry were. The boys and girls enjoyed comparing their designs, and were able to discuss similarities and differences.

  • Learning all about symmetry in Reception!

    This week receptions pupils have learnt all about symmetry through a variety of fun learning activities. Pupils first created symmetrical butterflies through finger painting. They then created symmetrical images through colouring and drawing shapes. Lastly, pupils enjoyed creating symmetry through copying their partners actions and movements! A very fun week in Reception- da iawn!

  • We’re Going On A Fairy Hunt!

    The nursery children went on an outdoor fairy hunt today. The fairies were hiding everywhere! They were on the fence, on the benches, and even up in the tree. The children were really clever and found them all!  Then they used chalk to draw their very own fairy. Da iawn boys and girls!

  • Space Composition and Exploration.

    As part of our bubble lesson this week, pupils used Google Chrome Music Lab to compose music related to the 4 stages of visiting Space: 1 Preparation for Flight 2 Take-Off 3 Flying in Space 4 Landing For each stage pupils focused on Tempo, Dynamics, Rhythm and Pitch. For our second bubble we looked at […]

  • Stop Animation 🎥

    Year 5 enjoyed created stop animation movies this afternoon. We looked at the various types of animation including computer generated, drawings and stop animation with clay. The children were taken back in time and watched an episode of ‘Trap Door’ and saw how the characters moved and interacted. They came up with some wonderful creations […]

  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star…

    Whilst assembling the origami stars pupils listening to music related to stars from various artists and researched facts about stars. The facts were mind blowing: A star is a massive, bright, sphere of very hot gas called plasma which is held together by its own gravity. Stars radiate energy created from nuclear fusion, which is […]

  • Pupils Involved in Planning

    Pupils have been developing their independence and are taking more and more responsibility for their own learning. At the start of each topic, pupils write a question on a leaf about something they want to find out about related to our topic this term, Space and Flight. The children came up with awesome ideas about […]

  • Dyma Sioni Rhew!

    The Year 2 children decided that they wanted to learn about the changes in Winter, so this week we listened to the Welsh story ‘Sioni Rhew’, which tells us all about the things that Jack Frost does in the Winter. The children then used their writing and ICT skills effectively to create text and pictures […]

  • Origami Stars

    Year 6 have been as busy as bees first week back and hit the ground running, completing lots of tasks to enthuse them ready to start learning about their new topic, Space and Flight. One of our lessons this week developed following instruction to create an origami star whilst developing numeracy skills across the curriculum.

  • African Dancing 🕺🏻💃🏼

    Year 5 had a great introduction to their new topic this afternoon. The children started by looking at the 6 areas of learning and outlining what they wanted to learn in each area this term. They then learnt some African dance moves and put them into practice when listening to “Waka Waka”. They are now […]

  • Creative Christmas Cards

    This term, the Year 2s have been working hard to be more independent, to further develop their creative skills and to apply their numeracy skills across the curriculum. When making theit Christmas cards this year, they were set a challenge to follow a success criteria to create a unique Christmas tree card. The success criteria […]

  • Christmas Crafts.

    What can you make with a salad spinner, some paint and some glitter? Just have a look at what the nursery children made; some amazing spinner art. They put some paper, paint and glitter into the salad spinner, turned the handle and just look at the result. Amazing! They also made a super snowy Christmas […]

  • Painted Pebbles.

    The nursery children finger painted some lovely Christmas pebble decorations. Don’t they look amazing!

  • Christmas Candle Jars

    Following on from their Santa candle investigation last week, the Year 2s received a letter from Mrs. Claus. She asked us to design Christmassy candle jars so that Santa can burn our candle safely. The children came up with some fantastic designs and followed the success criteria well. They enjoyed experimenting with various materials and […]

  • Coming Home by Michael Mopurgo

    Year 6 have been studying the short film Coming Home. Pupils activated their senses of how their houses smell, sound, feel. We then looked at the robins journey to his home. Pupils completed a ‘role on the wall’ of the robin. They has to describe his appearance, movements and personality , using similes, metaphors and […]

  • Reindeer Ready!

    The Year 2 children haven enjoyed watching and discussing the short film ‘Reindeer Ready’. The children worked on using their prediction and inference skills, before moving on to discussing the 3Cs and 3Ss of film: colour, character, camera, story, setting and sound. The children loved the film and showed excellent understanding during the group discussions.

  • KS2 Christmas Concert – Youtube

    You can now find the recording of our KS2 Christmas Concert on YouTube using the following link:

  • Christmas Choir! 🎤

    The choir entertained Santa Claus and the residents of Pontlliw tonight with 4 wonderful songs in the Village Hall. Da iawn pawb. You sounded great!

  • Foundation Phase Concert – Youtube

    Our Foundation Phase concert is now available to watch on our YouTube Channel. We hoe you enjoy watching. The link can be found below:

  • Lots of fun making Snowmen!

    Reception pupils have been super busy making their own Snowmen decorations. Come and see them in our schools Christmas fayre tonight!

  • Stars, in their multitude!

    Year 4 have been busy working on their Christmas enterprise craft making and decorating star decorations ready for the Christmas Fair. They have worked really hard and there is glitter everywhere!

  • That’s a Wrap! 📀🎤🎶

    Year 5 proved to be extremely talented singers yesterday when we recorded our Christmas Album (available at all good Christmas Fayres) We managed to record 10 songs in 90 minutes which is an incredible achievement. Make sure you grab your copy at our Christmas Fayre on Thursday to get you in the festive mood 🎄🎅🏼 ⛄️

  • Excellent Entrepreneurs!

    The Year 2s were set a challenge to make tree decorations that they can sell in the Christmas Fayre. As we have been reading the story The Little Fir Tree this week, the children have been working hard making mini Christmas trees using fir cones. The boys and girls are very excited to see how […]

  • Disgrifio’r Goeden Nadolig

    We enjoyed reading the story The Little Fir Tree in Year 2 this week. We have undertaken lots of independent challenges based on the story, as well as working on many focused tasks. One focus activity that the children particularly enjoyed was when we learned how to describe Christmas trees and decorations in Welsh. They […]

  • Leaf Art

    Lots of lovely colourful leaves had fallen from the trees in the nursery yard, so we decided to make some ‘leaf art’. Just have a look at our lovely leafy pictures.

  • Children In Need

    The nursery children have had a lovely morning participating in a range of ‘Children In Need’ activities. They made biscuits, finger painted a lovely Pudsey picture, decorated cakes and made toast. What a fun way to raise money for a good cause. n  

  • 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 […]

  • Boxes Of Fun!

    How much fun can you have with a large cardboard box? Just ask the nursery children! This morning the children had great fun using their imagination to decorate and play with some large boxes. First it was a house, then a rocket, then a castle. What do you think it looks like?

  • Fabulous Fireworks!

    The reception children enjoyed pretending to be fireworks during their P.E lesson. They twirled, jumped and spun to music. Then they took it in turns to put on their very own firework display. Amazing! Well done.

  • 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 * […]

  • 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 […]