AoLE Humanities
Examples of the Humanities at Pontlliw
  • Elephant Sanctuary Video 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 […]

  • Fortune cookies

    We learnt about fortune cookies this week and even got to try some examples. We then made our own special versions. We wrote a thoughtful or kind messages to other pupils in the class and put them into special red envelopes. The children will each bring an envelope home tonight with a special message from […]

  • Delicious Dinosaur Fossil Cookies

    This week the Year 2s continued their learning about fossils. They made some delicious dinosaur cookies which looked absolutely fantastic. Well done, Year 2!

  • 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 […]

  • Year of the Pig!

    Reception have had a great morning taking part in lots of ‘pig’ activities. The children have listened to the Chinese Traditional story of the New Year tale, telling us the order of the animals. The pig is the 12th animal, and one of the stories states that a wolf blew down the pigs house, and […]

  • What better way to learn about France than to speak with other children from France?! Today, we enjoyed a skype session with a class of children from France. We had the opportunity to ask each other questions and learn more about the different cultures in our countries.

  • Finding Out About Planet Earth

    As part of out topic ‘Take a Trip in a Time Machine’, the Year 2 children decided that they wanted to find out about how Planet Earth came to be. We looked at a variety of information sources and learned about how the oceans were formed, how meteors shaped the landscape and how life began […]

  • Take a Trip in a Time Machine

    This week the Year 2 children have started their new topic ‘Take a Trip in a Time Machine’. They began by activating their prior knowledge about the topic, using pictures to generate discussions about what they already know. They then thought about what they would like to learn and do this term. The children came […]

  • Perfect Pomanders!

    On Monday, the Year 2 children made some fantastic pomanders as a follow up activity from their Christmas traditions trip. We learned about old fashioned Christmas decorations, and the children enjoyed creating their festive pomanders to take home. Our classroom smelt wonderfully festive with the oranges and the cloves. I’m sure you’ll agree that the […]

  • Christmas Stories and Traditions Museum Trip

    On Friday, the Year 2 children visited Swansea Museum to learn all about Christmas traditions. The children enjoyed participating in acting out Christmas stories, and also had a go at playing with lots of toys that children would have been given a long time ago. The children then moved on to the Waterfront Museum, where […]

  • Marvellous ‘Me’ Tubs!

    Reception have spent the past week talking about themselves! The children brought into school some fantastic boxes, decorated and full of their favourite items. The rest of the class guessed which of the children they belonged to. We had some great surprises along the way, and found out some lovely things about our children. Well […]

  • Christmas Traditions in Iceland

    This morning, Year 2 and Year 5 pupils enjoyed a live web chat with Mr. Stonham’s cousin Darren. Darren lives in Iceland and he told us all about their various Christmas traditions. The children listened attentively, and asked lots of thoughtful questions. They enjoyed learning about the thirteen trolls who leave treats for children, the […]

  • Caerleon Roman Experience

    What an amazing day we had today in Caerleon! We literally walked the same paths that Roman citizens and soldiers did approximately two thousand years ago! We started in the Roman Barracks and learnt about the life of the soldier and what they used to wear. We then walked a short way through the town […]

  • 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 […]

  • Fun at the fire station

    What a fantastic day Year 1 have had at the fire station. They learnt lots about the role of fire fighters and what to do in the event of a fire. They had the opportunity to use the equipment and even got to sit in the fire engine. We were also lucky to see an […]

  • Christmas Traditions Around the World

    This week, the Year 2 children enjoyed finding out about Christmas traditions around the world. The children decided at the start of term that this was something that they wanted to learn about, and they were extremely enthusiastic about the focused tasks! The children discovered lots of amazing facts, including Australians decorating their homes with […]

  • American Skype call to a WW2 museum

    This afternoon, Year 6 received a Skype call from New Orleans in America. We had the opportunity to look around a WW2 museum and saw weapons, vehicles and learnt about the history of how America played a part in the war.

  • Remembrance Day

    Year 1 have been using a range of skills to learn more about Remembrance Day. In pairs, we developed our oracy skills by asking each other questions and we then used the Green Screen to record our responses. We continued to develop our ICT skills by creating poppy pictures using JIT paint. We also used […]

  • Show and Tell WW2

    Thank you to our Governor, Mr R Heath, who gave up his time to share his story on how WW2 effected his family history. It was an excellent,informative presentation related to our World War 2 topic. Diolch

  • Following instructions…

    We are learning about instructions in Year 1 this term. We followed some oral instructions to create our own Poppy biscuits. We then read, discussed and followed written instructions to make our own medals.

  • Year 1 remember…

    As part of our focus on ‘real life’ superheroes, the Year 1 children have been finding out about Remembrance Day and why some people wear poppies at this time of year. Here we are creating our own poppies…

  • Borfa Day 3

    [sorry blog is late, only now sat down – photo overload) Today has been a mega busy day… started with a fully cooked breakfast, a trip to Mill Wood, den building, team building games, lighting fires, making and baking bread, cutting wood and calving sticks to make wands! We came back to the center in […]

  • Shwmae!

    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 […]

  • Searching for Signs of Autumn

    This week the Year 2s enjoyed working outdoors to search for various signs of Autumn. Some were easy to find, whilst others were more challenging. They used different senses and recorded their findings. They enjoyed discussing what they found, and applied their previous learning showing confidence and enthusiasm. They are looking forward to more outdoor […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Wonderful Woodland Animals!

    When introducing this term’s topic a few weeks ago, the Year 2 children shared lots of their own fantastic ideas about what they would like to learn about. Some children said that they would like to find out about different animals such as owls, foxes and hedgehogs. Today, the children enjoyed using the Arkive website […]

  • 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 […]

  • Traffic Survey

    This morning the Year 2s enjoyed participating in a traffic survey as part of their learning about road safety. They were amazed at how busy the road outside school is. We then analysed the data and next week the children will be creating bar charts and pie charts on Hwb to show what they found […]

  • Traffic Light Biscuits and Road Designing

    As part of our road safety learning, this week the Year 2 children enjoyed making traffic light biscuits. They also enjoyed designing their own roads outdoors, which included important safety features such as zebra crossings and traffic lights.

  • Amazing Animals!

    Reception had an awesome morning! The children were greeted by some endangered animals, some they will never experience by visiting a zoo. We had the pleasure of meeting a Bearcat, Agouti, a parrot, and a baby tortoise. The keepers gave us information about their habitat, and how they survive. Even the staff were excited!

  • Visiting the Mumbles Tram

    Today the Year 2 children visited the tram shed in Swansea Museum. We got to sit in the old Mumbles tram and listed to Miss Phoebe tell us what it was like travelling on the tram in Swansea long ago. We joined in with lots of stories and even tried on some of the clothes […]

  • Colour Changing Cocktails.

    Wow! What a busy week. Reception have been learning all about the properties of Ice in our STEM week sessions. Just for fun the children chose different ice cubes made of juice and built their own ice towers in a cup. We then watched them melt! We had some different results depending on the order […]

  • The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

    This week the Year 2 children have enjoyed reading The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. They worked well when thinking about adjectives to describe the seagulls in the story. The children then worked on developing questions to ask Hamish the cat, and thought of what Hamish would say in response to their questions. The children also undertook […]

  • Pupil Voice Forum

    Some of our School Council representatives recently attended a pupil voice forum at Cefn Hengoed Comprehensive School. The children had the opportunity to meet with pupils from other schools in Swansea, as well as representatives from various different organisations. The children listened to a variety of presentations and also had the chance to give their […]

  • Year 1: Royal Wedding Party

    Year 1 have had a fantastic day celebrating the upcoming Royal wedding. We enjoyed a party in the morning, with the rest of the Foundation Phase and then took part in a variety of games and activities later in the day, especially aimed at developing our problem solving skills and which required us to work […]

  • Super Research Skills

    As part of our topic ‘Journey With Us Over Land, Sea, Air & Space’, the Year 2 children have enjoyed reading the story ‘Oi! Get Off Our Train!’ They enjoyed reading about various endangered animals wanting to get on a train to escape, as they were facing threat from humans in various ways. The children […]

  • Year 1: The Titanic

    We have been finding out all the the Titanic in Year 1. The children have been busy researching and have found out some surprising (and shocking!) facts about the tragedy. The children loved using their GetEpic accounts on the computers to find texts about the Titanic and also did wordsearches to familiarise themselves with some […]

  • Year 3 National Botanic Gardens Part 2

    More photos for you to enjoy form our trip today to the National Botanic Gardens …

  • Mad about Minibeasts

    Reception are completely MAD especially when it comes to minibeasts! The children listened to a fabulous story, and went off to hunt for some of their favourite minibeasts. The children were expert investigators, finding slugs, snails, worms, wood lice we even saw a bumble bee buzzing past!

  • We had a ‘Grand’ morning.

    This morning Blwyddyn 6 visited the Grand Theatre to take a look at behind the scenes.

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

    This week the children have activated their prior knowledge about transport, in preparation for a fun-filled term based on our topic ‘Journey With Us Over Land, Sea, Air and Space’. We looked at lots of photographs of different vehicles, including some very unusual ones which the children had never seen before. The children enjoyed talking […]

  • Topic Entry – Space and Flight

    The children started their day by activating their prior knowledge related to Space and Flight. Pupils read books on Get Epic and recalled the new information read. We then experimented the effect of gravity and flight. Pupils created paper planes and measured the distance of flight.

  • Pasg Hapus

    We celebrated Easter 🐣 today with an Easter service ; readings from the staff, recitals, songs and cornet playing. Llongyfarchiadau to our Easter colouring competition winners. We’d like to wish you all a healthy and happy Easter.

  • Cracking morning!

    Wow!! Reception have been so lucky……. We had a lovely morning with some eggstra special visitors!

  • Folly Farm Here We Come!

    Reception are off and ready to go, we can’t wait to see the animals in Folly Farm! Buckled up, with our friends we are so excited!

  • Magic Squares

    This week the Year 2s have been learning about the Plague, finding out how hygiene and homes have changed over time. They used their Numeracy skills to create magic squares, as people believed that magic would keep the plague away from their homes. They worked well to find the missing numbers needed to complete their […]

  • Manor Wildlife Park

    What a super day we have had in Manor Wildlife Park. We have seen lots of animals from different countries and the children especially LOVED feeding the wallabies!

  • In perfect balance!

    Reception have been hard at it using up their energy, concentration and balance to complete some laps on the balance – bikes.