AoLE Languages, Literacy and Communication
Examples of Language, Literacy and Communication at Pontlliw
  • 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 […]

  • Welsh weather

    The children enjoyed using the green screen this week to give a weather forecast in Welsh.

  • Watch out there is a Wolf about!

    The Reception have had great fun this morning trying to blow down their straw, stick and brick houses. The children got into groups to design their houses, showing great team work the houses were ready. A very excited Reception waited to meet the Wolf… They began to tell the story and all of a sudden […]

  • Exploring Explanation Texts!

    This term the Year 2 children will be learning about explanation texts. This week they worked in groups to make predictions about the text features that they might find inside an explanation book. The children worked brilliantly together. The group managers made sure that everybody took turns and had a chance to share their ideas, […]

  • Dyn Eira Hyfryd yn Blwyddyn 2!

    This week the children have been further developing their Welsh language skills whilst focusing on Dyn Eira (snowmen). Last week the children designed snowmen and wrote about them in Welsh using the third person. This week the children followed their designs and made fantastic junk model snowmen. They also completed some pelen eira (snowball) maths […]

  • 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 […]

  • Tric a Chlic

    Year 1 have been enjoying developing their understanding of the Welsh language and phonics by using our new resource, Tric a Chlic.

  • Practical Spelling

    Every week, the Year 2 children enjoy working on their spelling words through a variety of multi-sensory activities. This week, they used rainbow writing and chalk, whilst using the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check technique.

  • Planet Visualisations

    The Year 2 children have enjoyed reading the story ‘Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish’. This week they have been working on their visualisation and prediction reading skills. They created some fantastic, creative images of planets based on information given in the story.

  • Santes Dwynwen

    The Criw Cymraeg have asked if I can pass on their ‘thanks’ for the support you have shown towards their Welsh Entrepenure sale today. With your help, buying love spoons, we have raised £55. They have decided to spend the money on Welsh signs for the outdoor areas to help raise standards in the Welsh […]

  • Heated discussion in Year 1

    We have been looking at the genre of ‘discussion’ this week. The children were presented with one ‘pain au chocolat’ and were asked to consider whether someone should eat one or not. The children had a fantastic discussion, coming up with lots of different opinions and ideas. However, they were then extremely excited to see […]

  • Newyddion

    Super Welsh skills were used by the Year 2 children this week! They confidently shared news in Welsh using past tense phrases such as Es i and Ces i. Da iawn, Blwyddyn 2!

  • Welsh Trip Recounts

    This week the Year 2 children enjoyed writing recounts in Welsh about the trips we went on before Christmas. They used lots of past tense phrases, such as ‘Es i’ and ‘Ces i’. The children were able to add a shared image and confidently changed the font size, style and colour to enhance their work.

  • New Year’s Resolutions

    This week the Year 2 children have been learning about New Year’s Resolutions. They discussed how they celebrated new year, and watched videos of celebrations around the world. They enjoyed joining in with Auld Lang Syne! The children used their reading skills to find out more about new year celebrations around the world, and then […]

  • Sioni Rhew

    This week the Year 2 children enjoyed listening to a Welsh story about Sioni Rhew (Jack Frost). They then wrote in Welsh about the things Sioni Rhew likes to do in the Winter. The children made fantastic symmetrical snowflakes online and using their cutting skills, and then used a variety of materials and techniques to […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Cacen Cymraeg

    Our after school Welsh club is a real hit. Lead by our Cymraeg Cwl pupils, each week is planned for and caters for a variety of different Welsh language patterns and activities. This week pupils decorated cakes in the colours of the Welsh flag, ensuring they ask for the ingredients in Welsh. Da iawn, dal […]

  • Let’s be Friends!

    nursery and Reception have begun their week thinking about friendship! We read ‘Hugless Douglas’ by David Melling, and realised that we can all be good friends! The session began with the children creating a handprint poster, showing of their ‘Helping Hands’, they made some beautiful heart toast with a friend. There is more to come […]

  • 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.

  • Noson Tan Gwyllt

    Super Welsh and ICT skills were shown by the Year 2 children this week. They enjoyed writing in Welsh about different fireworks that they like, and used paint tools online to create some very effective firework pictures.

  • Fantastic Fireworks Poetry!

    This week the Year 2 children have enjoyed developing their own fireworks poems. They began by looking at onomatopoeia, using words such as pop, whizz, bang and whoosh to create their own fantastic shape poems. Some children used their ICT skills effectively and made their poems on Hwb, others worked together using glitter and letter […]

  • Year 2 Are Instruction Experts!

    This week the Year 2 children have worked incredibly hard investigating instructions. They played barrier games, where they had to give clear instructions to their partner, and then listen carefully to the instructions given to them. They also had to listen carefully to instructions during a drawing and colouring game, which they thoroughly enjoyed. The […]

  • Super Spy Spelling

    We have been super spies this week. We have been practising our spelling words by writing invisible messages to each other and using our special laser pens to read and check the spelling.

  • Save Ioan!

    What a traumatic week we have had in Year 1. The Evil Pea, from the story Supertato has been causing chaos in our classroom. He has now kidnapped our class mascot Ioan the Sheep. This morning, we have been busy using the persuasive skills that we have been developing in our language sessions to try […]

  • Investigating Instructions in Year 2

    This week the Year 2 children have enjoyed being instruction investigators. They learned all about bossy verbs and worked brilliantly on a range of activities. Firstly, we looked at bossy verbs in sentences and how they are used to give clear instructions. Then the children completed a concept sort activity, where they had to sort […]

  • Diwrnod Shwmae yn Blwyddyn 2

    On Monday, the Year 2 children enjoyed celebrating Diwrnod Shwmae. The event aims to show that the Welsh language belongs to us all – fluent speakers, learners or those shy about their Welsh. The children made colourful Shwmae banners to promote the Welsh language, and enjoyed using Shwmae in their conversations throughout the week.

  • 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 […]

  • Book Fair Success!

    A huge ‘Thank You’ to everybody who supported our Scholastic book fair this week. The total spent was £789.30, which means we will receive 60% commission on all purchases! This works out as £473.58 which we can spend on purchasing new reading material for the children. Diolch yn fawr everybody. Your support is greatly appreciated!

  • Fabulous Faces!

    Reception have been exploring the features on their faces, we looked at some faces without eyes and mouths, the children decided that we needed both to work out how we feel. We had some fun creating our own faces using pumpkins and biscuits, yummy!

  • Year 2 Visit the Book Fair

    Today the Year 2 children visited the book fair. They really enjoyed browsing the books that are on sale this week. Their enthusiasm for reading was clear to see!

  • Hwyl yn y Parc yn yr Hydref

    The Year 2 children have been working hard on their Welsh skills this week. They enjoyed listening to the story ‘Hwyl yn y Parc yn yr Hydref’, which is all about the different things that people like to have fun doing in the park in the Autumn. We decided that a visit to the park […]

  • Super Spellers!

    Every week, the Year 2 children enjoy learning their spelling words through a variety of multi-sensory, practical activities. This week chalking, spelling beads, magnetic letters and graffiti walls were the activities available to them, and they all showed super spelling skills!

  • Awesome Owls!

    This week the Year 2s have enjoyed reading the story Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. We discussed the structure of the story, using the 5 story mountain parts. The children then used their own story mountains to retell the story. The children were very keen to find out more about owls, and lots of the […]

  • 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’.

  • Super spelling

    We have been busy practising some tricky spelling words in Year 1 using cotton buds and paint!

  • Speaking and Listening.

    The nursery children have been busy this morning taking part in a range of activities to help develop their speaking and listening  skills. They brought a selection of items from home to discuss in ‘Show and Tell’. They played a variety of games, which involved listening carefully and following instructions. They played ‘Copy Me’ with […]

  • Ready for Reception!

    THIS IS ME! Reception have made a great start to the year. They have begun their new topic all about me, and are practising writing their names. Handwriting has been the focus of the week, and the children have been using their pencils to practise writing cursively. well done Reception, you have worked so hard!

  • Creating Stories in Year 2

    This week the Year 2 children have been looking at the book ‘The Little Yellow Leaf’ by Carin Berger. The children enjoyed looking closely at one of the illustrations without reading the book, and further developed their prediction and questioning skills based on what could happen in the story. Today they looked at more pictures […]

  • Ciwb Clebran yn Blwyddyn 6

    Today Year 6 created their chatter boxes for our Welsh drilling sessions. Throughout the term pupils will learn to talk about themselves in Welsh, likes and dislikes, ensuring that they extend their sentences.

  • Year 3 Poison Dart Frogs

    For Design and Technology this term the children have been busy creating Poison Dart Frog beanbags! They have all thoroughly enjoyed this project from start to finish! They designed their frogs, wrote detailed instructions about how they were going to make them, made them and then evaluated them. I have been amazed at the children’s […]

  • Bronze Siarter Iaith Achieved

    This afternoon the whole school was presented with our Bronze siarter iaith for achievements in the Welsh language. The children and staff are extremely proud of all we have achieved during our journey to receiving the award. In September we will begin our journey to achieving the Silver Award 🥈 to raise standards in the […]

  • Fabulous Flapjacks, Lovely Lists and Cracking Coding!

    As part of their work on ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Picnic’ story, this week the Year 2 children made some delicious flapjacks for the story character Mr. Grinling. The children used their super reading skills to read and follow instructions, and they used their excellent measuring skills to weigh the ingredients carefully. The children also developed […]

  • The Lighthouse Keeper’s Picnic

    The Year 2 children have had a great morning working on activities based on The Lighthouse Keeper’s Picnic. They used their coding skills to move the Lighthouse Keeper from building to building around the village. They used their word-processing skills to develop shopping lists for Mr. Grinling. The children used their Welsh language skills when […]