AoLE Humanities
Examples of the Humanities at Pontlliw
  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]