AoLE Humanities
Examples of the Humanities at Pontlliw
  • 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.

  • African Community Centre Visit Year 1 and Year 5

    We were extremely fortunate to welcome members of the African Community Centre to school this morning! We learnt all about traditional Senegalese dance and had a go ourselves. Then we listened to a calming song that mothers use in Senegal to calm their babies. The children picked up the words quickly and sung along. Finally […]

  • Year 1 Eisteddfod.

    Year 1 have had a lovely day celebrating St David’s Day. We participated in our school Eisteddfod this morning and enjoyed a range of Welsh themed activities this afternoon.

  • All about Ghana! 🇬🇭

    We had a very special visitor in Year 5 today. Grace came to speak to us all about life in Ghana and make comparisons with the UK. The children learnt a lot about life in this wonderful African country and even got to try some of the local food – plantain and locally produced chocolate!

  • 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 […]