AoLE Humanities
Examples of the Humanities at Pontlliw
  • Christmas Traditions Trip

    The Year 2 children had a fantastic day learning about Christmas traditions in Wales. We started the day by visiting Swansea museum, where we listened to lots of stories about various Christmas traditions. The boys and girls enjoyed joining in with acting out the stories. We then had a look around the museum, before moving […]

  • Christmas Traditions Around the World

    When planning what they wanted to learn about this term, some of the Year 2 children said that they wanted to find out what Christmas is like in other countries. This week the children used their research skills to find out about various Christmas traditions all around the world. The boys and girls used maps […]

  • Caerleon Roman Fortress

    Year 5 had a fabulous day in Caerleon today. We started at the amphitheatre and barracks site and stood on the very grounds where Roman Soldiers used to fight and sleep 2000 years ago. We then moved on to the museum where we learnt all about Roman Feasts and the slaves that served the upper […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • Remembrance Day medal

    We are learning about instructions this term. The children looked at instructions to make a Remembrance Day medal. They had to use the ‘you will need’ list to find the equipment and materials they needed and then they independently followed the instructions to make their own medals.

  • 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. […]

  • 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 * […]

  • Reflecting at the end of day 2

    We have had a busy second day: Rock hopping, walking the coast, orienteering, fire building and a walk to the beach. Your children are extremely tired tonight and were all in bed by 9:30 (a little earlier than last night – lol) Tomorrow we are surfing and body boarding.

  • Rock Hopping to Culver Hole

    The word “culver” derives from the Old English word “culfre”, meaning pigeon or dove. With its ability to breed all year round and its quick regeneration, pigeons provided a plentiful source of red meat – given the necessary shelter and food. The children have had a lovely day, walking the coast of the Gower and […]

  • Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

    Port Eynon at its best.

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Celtic Warriors!

    Lots of the Year 5 children asked if they could learn about Celtic Warriors in our planning lesson last week, so today we used Hwb playlists to research everything about the historic warriors. They also had the chance to have their face painted like a warrior at the end of the day to get into […]

  • Fun at Forest Schools

    We had a fantastic time at the Forest School site this week. We used the mud kitchen, practised our digging skills and made clay sculptures. We used up our energy levels in the willow maze and then relaxed in the hammock. We finished off with some popcorn which was heated using the outdoor fire. What a […]

  • Year 3 Plantasia Trip

    The children thoroughly enjoyed their trip today to Plantasia, a fantastic way to end our topic – Rainforests. We spent the first part of the day being treated to a very interesting talk from a lady who had recently visited the Amazon Rainforest. She had some amazing stories to tell us about the tribal people […]

  • Mighty Mountain Maths

    Year 4 headed outside this afternoon to draw some scaled down versions of famous mountains around the world. They divided the official height by 1000, then rounded their numbers to give their playground height.

  • Nourriture Délicieuse

    As our topic is Tour De France we tasted some French food. Most commented that it was ‘très bon’. As the children are responsible for a lot of the planning with regards to lesson ideas, this was one of their lessons, so every child fed back as to home much they jardired

  • Salvation Army Visit

    Year 5 and 6 were visited by the Salvation Army this morning. Members of Morriston Salvation Army were accompanied by guests from the USA. The children rotated in a carousel of 3 activities: Community Zone – The charity work that the church carries out Bible Zone – They learnt about the Good Samaritan Music Zone […]

  • Lighthouse Research

    Following on from their work on the story The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch,the Year 2 children worked hard researching lighthouses. They read lots of non-fiction books on Get Epic, completed anticipation grids before finding out different facts, and used their maths skills to calculate and order the heights of various lighthouses from around the world.

  • Vicious Volcanoes!

    Year 4 have been learning all about Volcanoes, how they work and the Ring of Fire! They have also learnt about the tectonic plates which make up the world.

  • Titanic

    We have been learning all about the Titanic. First, the children used HWB to write their own reports about the Titanic. The children then had the task of designing and creating their own ships. They thought of names for their ships, created posters to advertise and persuade others to go on them, presented their ships […]

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars this week!

  • Vicious Volcanoes!

    Year 4 had a fab day out at the Natioal Museum Cardiff today. They had a workshop with Liam where they got to build structures and test them on a shake plate, and got to erupt a volcano and learn all about how they are made up. After lunch the class were free to visit […]

  • Where in the World….?

    After reading the story ‘Oi! Get Off Our Train!’, the Year 2 children enjoyed learning about where the various endangered animals from the story live. They used atlases to help them annotate world maps to show where each animal can be found in the wild. Google Earth was then used by some of the children […]

  • Discussing dangerous living

    As part of our topic learning about mountains and volcanoes, year 4 have been researching and discussing the pros and cons of living near to volcanoes. They discussed their thoughts in groups, led by chair people, and came to conclusions (mostly!) about whether or not people should live near to them.

  • Marvellous Maps

    Year 4 learned how to use an atlas to locate and mark famous mountains around the world. They also researched facts about the mountains and decorated their maps ready to go up on display.

  • Let’s go under the sea…

    We have been busy activating our prior knowledge of our new topic of under the sea this week…

  • Mountain Databases

    Year 4 made a great start this week creating databases of mountains around the world. They researched specific facts, then entered them into J2Data. They will continue adding to the database as the term goes on.

  • Year 6 – Tour de France

    The pupils are excited to start their new topic, which is Tour de France. Our main focus for this term is health and well-being; looking at nutritional bars, effects of exercise on our bodies and making the right choices to live a healthy lifestyle. The children have written their question on to their learning leaves, […]

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

    The Year 2 children have thoroughly enjoyed activating their prior knowledge about transport, in preparation for the start of this term’s topic ‘Journey With Us Over Land, Sea, Air and Space’. We looked at lots of images of different ways of travelling and various forms of transport, and the boys and girls came up with […]

  • Interesting India

    We have been learning about different countries and one of the children asked to learn about India. One of our pupils kindly brought in lots of her own special items from India and helped us to learn more about this fascinating place. A huge thank you to this pupil, it was lovely to see the […]

  • Hunting for Eggs in Year 2!

    The Year 2s had a great morning hunting for Easter eggs! We started by discussing Easter traditions and the what the egg symbol represents in Christianity. The children then went hunting for eggs, and they had to use their maths skills, as different colour eggs were worth different points. The children worked brilliantly in teams, […]

  • Fantastic St. Fagans!

    The Year 2s thoroughly enjoyed their trip to St. Fagans museum of Welsh life today. We saw lots of things that we have learned about this term as part of our topic ‘Take a Trip in a Time Machine’. The children were particularly fascinated by the different houses from various eras, the shops and the […]

  • Live Skype Session with Dr. Jane Goodall

    This afternoon, Year 6 joined in live to Dr Jane Goodall who set up the scheme of ‘Roots and Shoot’. Dr Jane visited Africa in her younger days and discovered her love for chimpanzees. She decided from that day that she would do all that she could to help the planet. Her message to us […]

  • Fairytale Challenge!

    The children in Reception have been completing challenges left by some very famous characters. Goldilocks, Red Riding hood, The 3 pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk have all been thinking up tasks for the children to complete. Reception took it very seriously, they popped their wellies on and it was head down and work! All […]

  • Making Drains!

    The Year 2s have been looking at changes in streets and houses over time. We discussed how the Romans invented drains. The children were then set a challenge: work together as a group to transport the waste from a house, down a drain into a sewer! They worked brilliantly, and enjoyed testing different gradients and […]

  • Easter Service

    Our assembly today was to remember Jesus who died on the cross. Thank you to Mr Davies for delivering the assembly.

  • Manor Park

    What a lovely, action-packed day we have had at Manor Park. We saw lots of animals from countries we have studied this term and we had lots of fun in the different areas around the park. What a super day!

  • Magic Squares

    This week, as part of our work learning about how the streets have changed over time, the Year 2s read about the plague. They discovered that people were so frightened of becoming sick that they tried magic. They believed that if they put a magic square on their door it would keep away the plague. […]

  • Busy Bee Workshop

    To celebrate World Down Syndrome day and World Poetry day, pupils in Year 6 have been writing poems titled, ‘Only One Me, ‘Friendship’, ‘Respect’ and for their dear friend Frazer Appleyard! Ahead of tomorrow’s big clean pupils have also been studying their Eco footprint; developing Geography skills by mapping out where Year 6 have been […]

  • Fun and Games with our Feathery Friends

    Today the Year 2 children enjoyed handling the chicks. They were very careful and took good care of them. The children were amazed by how much they are growing and changing every day. The boys and girls have also enjoyed taking turns to feed them and change their water every day.