AoLE Languages, Literacy and Communication
Examples of Language, Literacy and Communication at Pontlliw
  • Bossy Verbs!

    This week the Year 2s have started their work learning about the features of instructional texts. The children enjoyed learning about the use of bossy verbs, and they worked together to sort the verbs into categories based on when they would use them.

  • Sut mae’r tywydd heddiw?

    This week reception had lots of fun learning all about the weather in welsh!

  • Phonics

    We have been busy practising our phonics. We have had fun playing different games and using the computers to help us learn too.

  • Language learning

    We have been practising lots of different language skills this week. We used our superhero pens to write our ‘secret’ spelling words. We also creatively used wool to spell. We have been practising our phonics and spelling by using the magnetic letters and we completed activities on the computers too.

  • Spelling Fun in Year 5

    Year 5 had a different kind of spelling lesson today. We used the coding element of Minecraft to input our new spelling words and move the ‘agent’ around our worlds using the spelling words as the commands. The children loved this different approach and this helped them in the learning of their new words.

  • Learning about our bodies!

    Reception have really enjoyed learning all about the human skeleton this week and the different parts of the body! They particularly enjoyed creating their own skeletons.

  • Pa liw?

    We have been practising our Welsh colours and have enjoyed playing some games.

  • Super Spellers!

    The Year 2 children enjoyed trying out different ways of learning their spelling patterns this week. They are using the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ method really well!

  • Owl Babies

    This week in Year 2, we have been reading the story Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. The children enjoyed retelling the story using story mountains, summarising the five main parts. They also explored the feelings of the characters at different points in the story. The children enjoyed discussing the use of movement, music and sound […]

  • 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 […]

  • Super Spelling Skills!

    Year 2 have enjoyed further developing their spelling skills through a variety of practical activities. They learned about the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ method, and all used it to help them learn different spelling patterns.

  • Learning a Recount

    We have learnt how to create the start of a recount text this morning, using Pie Corbett’s Talk4Writing approach in Year 5. With a combination of pictures and actions, it helps children remember all the required features to improve their writing! When complete, the drawings will be on our class Hwb page, so they can […]

  • Going on a bear hunt!

    Reception pupils really enjoyed going on a bear hunt! They particularly liked creating  patterned fruit kebabs and creating food plates for the bear using their new knowledge of animals.

  • Features of a Recount

    Year 5 were studying Recount texts this morning. We looked at the different features that could be found in these texts: An overview for what, who, when, where and why in the introduction Time connectives Past tense vocabulary Chronological order Conclusion The children were given a variety of texts and were tasked with finding these […]

  • Creating Our Own Stories

    The Year 2 have enjoyed creating their own stories about a little yellow leaf this week. We began by looking at an image from The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger. We made predictions about the events before and after the image shown. Then the children worked in small groups to sequence a number of […]

  • Adjectives are awesome!

    Our literacy focus is recount this half term. We studied various recounts this morning in Year 5 and looked at the different features that make up this text type. We also started introducing Figurative Language. We tried to improve the recounts by adding a ‘Rule of 3’ to every adjective we came across. The children […]

  • Our First Week in Year 2!

    The Year 2s have had a fantastic first week. The children have enjoyed exploring their new classroom and have completed lots of activities, including handwriting, discussing their rights, creating our class rules, finding out information about their friends, making bar charts on Hwb showing the information gathered, and discussing what they would like to do […]

  • Super Speech Marks

    Today the Year 2s worked hard when learning about speech marks. They looked at the use of speech bubbles in the story The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, and worked together to turn them into sentences punctuated with speech marks. We also learned about more interesting words to use instead of ‘said’.

  • ‘F’ is for Fish!

    Our special sound of the week this week was ‘f’, so the children decided to make some tasty fish finger sandwiches. They were delicious!

  • Story Time In Nursery.

    The nursery children enjoyed sharing stories with each other day. Then they put on a fabulous puppet show to retell some of the stories. Amazing!

  • Awesome Adjectives

    This week the Year 2 children have enjoyed reading The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. They worked hard investigating adjectives, and used them to describe the seagulls in the story. The boys and girls then used Thesauri to find lots of other interesting adjectives. Super skills, Year 2!

  • Bont’s Best Books Cluster Event

    Some of the children from Years 1-6 enjoyed representing their classes today in this year’s Bont’s Best Books afternoon in Pontarddulais Comprehensive School. They spoke confidently about the winning books in their classes, and enjoyed presenting some of the work they had done based on the books. Thank you to our class representatives, and a […]

  • Hunting For Features of Reports

    The Year 2 children have been learning about information texts and features of reports this term. This week, they worked hard hunting for features such as labelled diagrams, sub-headings, facts, technical words, captions, pictures, and fact boxes. They are now using all that they learned by using these features in their own reports throughout the […]

  • Research Skills in Year 2

    The Year 2 children have been using their research skills in preparation for this week’s work, when we will be writing information texts using the facts that they found out about their choice of endangered animal from our class story ‘Oi! Get Off Our Train!’.

  • Super Research Skills

    This week the Year 2 children have enjoyed using and further developing their research skills. As part of our termly topic, we read the story ‘Oi! Get Off Our Train!’, which tells us of the issues faced by five endangered animals as they all ask to get on a train to be saved. The children […]

  • Practising Letter Formation with Finger Painting.

    Our special sound of the week this week is ‘o’. The nursery children practised the correct letter formation by finger painting a large letter ‘o’ using orange paint. Well done nursery, they look amazing!

  • Book Fair

    Thank you to everybody who came along to our book fair this week. We are very grateful for your support, and the commission earned will be used to purchase books for our classes and libraries. A special thank you to our Year 6 book fair helpers for spending their time helping to set up and […]

  • Beth wyt ti’n hoffi?

    We have been using our Welsh skills and the pictogram function on JIT to find out which sea creature is the most popular in our class….

  • Guided reading in Year 1

    As well as individual reading in class, we also do guided reading sessions. We made the most of the sunny weather this week and took our guided reading session outside…

  • ….And We’re Done!!!!

    The Year 2s have worked so hard this week with their first ever National Tests. They all tried so hard and we are incredibly proud of them all. The boys and girls are looking forward to a treat this afternoon as a ‘Thank You’ and ‘Well Done’ for working their socks off.

  • Writing Practise.

    What better way to practise our letters than writing with chalk! Reception had fun copying letters, practising their name and making a picture to go with it. Well done Reception beautiful work!

  • Bronwen Lewis – Welsh Sing-a-Long

    Yesterday, the Year 5 class has the opportunity to watch Bronwen Lewis, a welsh singer who has appeared on ‘The Voice!’ We went to Pontardullais Primary with lots of other schools from the area to listen to her sing popular songs but with Welsh words from artists such as Ed Sheeran, George Ezra and from […]

  • Searching For Signs Of Spring.

    Spring marks the beginning of warmer weather and longer daylight hours. the budding of flowers, and leaves growing on the trees. As it is the first day of spring this week, the nursery children put on their wellies and wet weather gear and went outside to see if they could see any signs of spring. […]

  • Is Goldilocks Good?

    Have you ever thought if Goldilocks is a good girl? Reception have been discussing the possibility that she has been a little bit naughty! We have talked about discussing reasons for Goldilocks being so naughty, and what she should have done. Reception had some lovely ideas, and realised that she shouldn’t have visited the bears […]

  • Persuasion Alley

    We have been studying persuasion this week in Year 5. We have identified persuasive features, looked at the difference between facts and opinions and looked at ‘posh’ ways to start our sentences to be more convincing. This morning, we put our knowledge to the test in Persuasion Alley. One half of the children were trying […]

  • Celebrating World Book Day In Nursery.

    We have had lots of fun in nursery today celebrating World Book Day. The children and staff came into school in their pyjamas and the children brought in their favourite book to share with their friends. Our chosen Author was Roger Hargreaves, so we have been participating in lots of different Mr Men and Little […]

  • Pontlliw in Pyjamas for World Book Day

    Pontlliw celebrated world book day in their pyjamas today, to promote bedtime reading. The boys and girls brought in favourite books from home and enjoyed sharing their stories throughout the day. We had a whole school assembly where we discussed different types of stories. Each class chose a focus author, and then undertook lots of […]

  • World Book Day in Year 2

    Year 2 enjoyed celebrating World Book Day today. Our chosen focus author was Dr. Seuss. We started the day by reading an information book about Dr. Seuss. They children were amazed to discover how many characters he had created, and how many of his stories have been turned into films! Lots of fun activities were […]

  • Year 1 celebrate World Book Day

    We have had a great day exploring different books and developing our love and enjoyment of reading in Year 1. We did a scavenger hunt, played games linked to different characters and used our artistic talents to create art and images linked to our favourite books. We have also enjoyed books linked to our class […]

  • Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus Derbyn!

    Wow! How fantastic Reception looked in their Traditional Welsh Costumes. They had listened to the Welsh myth of Arthur and Guinevere’s wedding, painted pictures and sent out wedding invitations. The children also learned a Welsh song to sing in our school Eisteddford. At the end of the day we proudly showed off the work to […]

  • Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus yn Blwyddyn 2!

    Today the Year 2 children celebrated St. David’s Day in style. The children dressed to impress, and looked fantastic in their Welsh costumes. They enjoyed participating in our school Eisteddfod, during which they sang with hwyl and recited our class poem with gusto! Back in class, we learned about St. David and the different ways […]

  • St David’s Day in Year 5

    We had a lovely time today during our belated St David’s Day in Year 5. Our Eisteddfod performance is available on the school YouTube channel. We also had photos in our red outfits in font of the green screen.

  • 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.

  • Anti-Bullying Production ‘Bully’s Paradise’

    Today, the children in Years 2-6 enjoyed watching the Firehorse Production ‘Bully’s Paradise’. The play helped the children understand the difference between falling out and bullying. It also helped the children to identify ways to tackle bullying. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the performance, and we would like to thank Firehorse Productions for working with us […]

  • Yr Afanc

    As part of our Welsh Week activities, the Year 2 children have enjoyed listening to and retelling the myth Yr Afanc. The myth tells the story of how villagers managed to capture and re-home a fierce water creature. The children used their writing skills to write instructions for catching the mythical creature. They then looked […]

  • Feeding Our Feathery Friends

    This week the children further developed their Welsh language skills through reading the Welsh story ‘Parti’r Adar’, which tells the story of birds having a party. The children wrote super conversations between birds, using a range of Welsh questions and answers. They then made some delicious treats to take home and hang outside in their […]

  • 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 […]

  • Explanation Text Experts

    This week the Year 2 children continued their work on explanation texts. The children worked on rotation through a number of tasks which looked at different features of the genre. The children used their reading skills brilliantly when sequencing the life cycle of a hen. They then worked together to put topic words in alphabetical […]

  • Feeling the Love in Year 2!

    Today the Year 2 children were feeling the love, as they completed lots of Valentine’s Day themed activities. We started off by listening to and discussing the story of St. Valentine. The children then used their speaking and listening skills well, participating in group discussions about how to be a good or bad friends. They […]

  • Love is in the air ❤️💞

    We had a love filled day in Year 5 today. Children have been analysing and planning love poems through the week, and today it was time to write them up! We had some poems written to girlfriends, some to pets and some to their favourite adult in the school…Aimee 💔 They finished the day with […]