AoLE Languages, Literacy and Communication
Examples of Language, Literacy and Communication at Pontlliw
  • Digital Roald Dahl ‘Witches’ Event 🧙‍♀️

    Microsoft have recorded an event linked to Roald Dahl’s “Witches” on Microsoft Teams featuring Stanley Tucci, who plays the part of Mr. Stringer in the new film! Perfect for Halloween! If your child is interested in watching, they will need to click the link below on a laptop or desktop computer (or on a tablet/phone […]

  • Year 2 are Instruction Experts

    The Year 2 children have been busy learning about instructions. They have completed lots of activities including barrier games, listen and draw activities and sequencing instructions. The boys and girls are now experts at identifying features of instruction texts. Super work, Blwyddyn 2!

  • The Evil Pea Strikes Again!

    Year 1 had a big surprise this week when we had a visit from the Evil Pea! The Evil Pea had stolen our class mascot- Ioan the Sheep and sent us a video message challenging us to persuade him to return Ioan! Therefore, this week the children have been learning all about how to write […]

  • 4 Purpose at Pontlliw

    Pupils at Pontlliw are given opportunities every day to be: Ethical, Informed Citizens Enterprising, Creative Contributors Healthy, Confident Individuals And Ambitious, Capable Learners. Last year, every child, in their pupil voice group, had a voice in designing posters to identif the areas of each purpose. This term, pupils in Year 6 have been talking about […]

  • Pumpkin Investigation

    The nursery children have been using some amazing adjectives to describe the inside of pumpkins, slimy, smelly, squishy, wet. They also put the pumpkin seeds in water to see what would happen and then made a sensory bag by putting the seeds into a zip lock bag with some hair gel! The children were fascinated […]

  • Celebrating Shwmae Day in Nursery

    The nursery children celebrated Shwmae Day. They enjoyed watching an online concert and they also made some fantastic ‘Shwmae Hands’. Dai iawn!

  • Shwmae bawb!

    Diwirnod Shwmae Hapus i chi! Wow Reception had a great Shwmae day, they played musical ‘shwmae’, made hats, and talked about what it means to be special, and Welsh! The children also enjoyed a on-line Welsh concert! Dont forget to say Shwmae to someone today!

  • Shwmae Bronwen!

    Diolch to Bronwen Lewis for entertaining us as part of our Shwmae day celebrations. They Year 2s thoroughly enjoyed listening to the songs, and they worked really hard at using Welsh as much as possible in class today. They created lovely Shwmae pictures to celebrate the Welsh language.

  • Shwmae Day in Year 1!

    Year 1 have had a lot of fun today joining the school in celebrating Shwmae Day! We started off by discussing why we celebrate Shwmae day and what made our Welsh language special. The children were incredibly excited for our celebrations and we set a challenge to say Shwmae to all of our friends during […]

  • Shwmae oddi wrth blwyddyn pedwar!

    Year 4 celebrated Shwmae day by enjoying an online concert from Bronwen Lewis, then decorated shwmae posters to show their own personalities. Da iawn blwyddyn pedwar!

  • Rhyme Time

    As part of their literacy development, the nursery children are learning about rhythm and rhyme. First we read the book “Don’t Put Your Finger In The Jelly Nelly!”. The children enjoyed listening to the funny rhyming words. Then we played “Silly Soup”, where the children had to match two pictures of items that rhymed and […]

  • Year 3 Mummify their Tomatoes 🍅

    What an interesting morning we’ve had in Year 3. After being covered in salt for the last week and a half, the children were able to free their tomatoes this afternoon in order to make their observations. It was fascinating to see what the salt had done to the tomatoes and some of the weight […]

  • Mental Health Awareness In Nursery

    This week the nursery children have been participating in activities that help them to understand their emotions. Today we discussed how to identify different emotions. The children used a mirror to study their facial features to see how they looked when they felt happy, sad or angry. They then used a marker pen to draw […]

  • Learning all about likes and dislikes in Welsh!

    After learning all about Harvest and the fruits and vegetables that grow, we have worked really hard to learn how to say what fruits and vegetables that we like and dislike in Welsh. The children were all able to use the pattern ‘Dw i’n hoffi’ and ‘Dw i ddim yn hoffi’ when writing sentences and […]

  • Mental Health Awareness in Year 3

    On Saturday, October 10th, it is World Mental Health Day. The Year 3’s marked this occasion in class today by discussing different ways we can help our minds be healthy. The children were so sensible in their discussions and were able to suggest some fantastic positive actions that could help us if we had sad […]

  • Dyma Fi self portraits

    As mentioned last week, year 4 have also been working on some cross curricula welsh and art, creating self portraits and writing about themselves. Da iawn blwyddyn pedwar!

  • Super Story Telling

    This week the Year 2s enjoyed reading Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. We used story mountains to retell the story in the correct sequence, we investigated the character speech and feelings, and we especially enjoyed reading about Owls using online books and non-fiction texts.

  • ‘Super’ Colours In Welsh!

    This week, Year 1 have enjoyed learning all about Lliwiau in Welsh! The children enjoyed using their understanding of Welsh colour vocabulary to follow the instructions and design superhero costumes. Now that we are in Year 1- we extended ourselves by learning about how to ask for a light or dark colour in Welsh! Da […]

  • Show and Tell

    Our ‘Show and Tell’ was a little bit different this term. Instead of bringing an item to school to discuss with their friends, the nursery children, with a little help from their parents, uploaded a photo to their Hwb account. They were then able to put their photo on the big screen. Lots of amazing […]

  • Missing sounds.

    Reception have worked hard very hard to find the missing sounds. This weeks task was to find the missing vowel in their words, and then sounding them out. Some of the children tried to make their own words.

  • Wonderful Writing in Year 2!

    Year 2 have been working very hard to improve their independent writing skills using a variety of approaches. The children have enjoyed learning cursive letter formation in our handwriting sessions and through using an interactive App. Their spelling skills are progressing well using the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ approach. They have also worked hard […]

  • “Dyma Tedi”

    The nursery children have been practising their welsh language skills today. The question was “Ble mae Tedi?”. To which they replied, “Dyma Tedi!”. Da iawn boys and girls. Gwaith da!.

  • Keeping Safe Online in Year 3

    During our ICT lesson today, the children were introduced to the concept of online privacy and how to distinguish between information that is appropriate to give out and information that is better kept private. The children played an online game called ‘Privacy Pirates: Set Sail to Internet Island’ where they had to assemble a map […]

  • Spelling Fun In Year 1!

    This morning the children have had lots of fun practising their spelling words through lots of practical activities. The children particularly enjoyed writing their spellings in foam, forming their spelling words with wool and stamping the correct letters to form their spelling word. The children also enjoyed rainbow writing their spellings in their language books.

  • Can you follow instructions?

    Reception have been busy this week following instructions! The class have played games to see if their listening skills will help them to win the game. To help them along they have followed some dances with actions to follow and songs which ask them to do something. Reception were great, working in small groups they […]

  • Learning about our Rights in Year 3

    Today, we learnt all about children’s rights. These are all the things that children need to grow up happy, healthy and safe. We began by looking at each article and discussing why each one was important. The children then considered which of the articles they thought were the most important in helping us to create […]

  • Story Sequencing

    Today the Year 2 children enjoyed further developing their prediction skills. They were given lots of pictures from the story ‘The Little Yellow Leaf’ and, without reading the book first, the children had to work together to sequence the images and create their own stories. They looked closely at the illustrations for clues about the […]

  • Instrumental Sounds

    The listening activity in nursery was a lot of fun today. The aim of the activity was to develop the children’s awareness of different sounds. They had to listen very carefully, to sounds made by various instruments. The activity included, comparing and matching sounds, playing instruments alongside a story and making loud and quiet sounds. They […]

  • Developing our Reading Skills in Year 3

    This week, the children have been developing their reading techniques and have worked on strategies such as questioning, visualisation and prediction skills. We started the week by reading our class novel ‘There’s a Pharaoh in our Bath’ by Jeremy Strong. We began by looking closely at the front cover of the book and discussed what […]

  • Welly Wednesday

    The nursery children had their first ‘Welly Wednesday’ of the new school year today. They put on their wellies and coats, and went out exploring. They made the outdoor area look pretty by hanging some lovely colourful butterflies in the trees. The fun still continued  when they returned to the classroom. The children used their […]

  • Our First Day In Year 1!

    We have all had so much fun today settling in to Year 1 and the children all enjoyed being back together again! The day consisted of us talking about our new classroom and creating our own class charter. The children particularly enjoyed creating their own unique crayons to display in our classroom. We also had […]

  • Public Libraries Summer Reading Challenge 📖📚

    With public libraries in Swansea only operating a limited service, the Welsh Government and Books Council of Wales have provided an online Reading Challenge for children across Wales. Pupils can join the Summer Reading Challenge at We look forward to seeing how you all got on when we return after the holidays. Happy Reading!

  • Keeping Our Language Alive.

    BBC Bitesize is an excellent tool for learning Welsh. I’ve included the link on this post to help develop the language in a fun way, for adults and children to help with learning Welsh as a second language. Diolch, Mrs Evans.

  • Welsh Resources 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

    Dear Parents, Please find below, some information on Welsh resources that may be of use. These can also be found on our website –   Diolch, Mrs Norman

  • Harry Potter at Home! ⚡️🧙🏼‍♂️

    We know from the World Book Day fancy dress costumes earlier in the year that we have an awful lot of Harry Potter fans in school, so we thought we would share the below website with you. It’s full of fun activities that the children can complete courtesy of J.K. Rowling. Enjoy! Mrs Norman

  • Sequencing Recounts

    In Year 2 we have been learning about recount texts, and how they must be in chronological order. We have also been learning about telling the time on analogue and digital clocks. Today the children were asked to use their reading and numeracy skills to sequence a diary. The boys and girls were fantastic, and […]

  • Fun Phonics!

    Reception pupils have had lots of fun this week continuing to learn their phonic sounds through playing a variety of games. Pupils favourite game was rolling the the dice and jumping the amount that it landed on through the hoops- they then had to identify what sound they landed on and name an object beginning […]

  • Chick Diaries

    The Year 2s have been working hard writing chick diaries throughout the week. The boys and girls enjoyed recording their observations about how our chicks have hatched, grown and changed throughout the last two weeks. Super recount writing skills were shown by all the children!

  • Year 2’s Feathery Friends

    As part of their work on explanation texts, Year 2 have been learning about the life cycle of a hen. So this week we were lucky enough to have 10 eggs in class. We have been busy writing explanations about the life cycle, and we have been so excited to see the brooding and hatching […]

  • World Book Day in Year 2

    Year 2 had a great time celebrating World Book Day, and all looked fantastic in their costumes and pyjamas! Our focus author was Dr. Seuss. We enjoyed reading some of his stories and used Get Epic to research his life online. The children used their problem solving skills effectively to complete a task based on […]

  • World Book Day in Year 1

    The children looked fantastic today in their costumes and pyjamas! We have been reading books this week by Julia Donaldson and today decided to focus on what seems to have been one of the favourites – The Gruffalo! The children each chose their favourite character from the book and after drawing it they were able […]

  • World Book Day in Year 5

    We had a lovely day celebrating the work of David Walliams today, specifically focusing on “Grandpa’s Great Escape”. We watched the TV version on Tuesday to arm us with the knowledge needed to complete two of nine possible challenges. The children looked great in their costumes and pyjamas and enjoyed being taught by a dodgy looking […]

  • World Book Day In Reception

    We have had an action packed day in Reception completing lots of different activities for World Book Day! We began by reading the book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ as this was illustrated by our author of the day Oliver Jeffers. Pupils enjoyed reading the letters written by the different crayons and then had a […]

  • Celebrating World Book Day In Nursery

    Today, the children came into school dressed as their favourite book character or wearing their pyjamas. This was to celebrate ‘World Book Day’. Our chosen author was Roger Hargreaves, so the children participated in a range of different ‘Mr Men’ activities. They made Mr Men and Little Miss characters, and even made an edible Mr […]

  • Can Year 5 be persuasive?

    We are currently looking at persuasive texts in Year 5. We looked at the various features they include, such as exaggeration, emotive language, repetition, rule of 3, a hint of sarcasm and rhetorical questions. We then looked at a piece of text and highlighted the features we found. Once we were comfortable with the features […]

  • Big Huge Thank You

    The Criw Cymraeg (Welsh Ambassadors) would kike to say a huge thank you to every one who supports our wonderful PTA. With your help, support and donations, we have been able to resources our teachers to develop the Welsh Language in Welsh lessons.

  • Year 1 Welsh Film

    Today we watched a short film about uncovering the story of Jac Abertawe. It showed us several places around Swansea that the children recognised and it showed where the docks were that Jac made his rescues. The children found this fascinating – recognising places that they had been to! We then played a game looking […]

  • Welsh Week in Year 2

    We have been busy working on our Welsh myth Yr Afanc, as part of our Welsh week work. The Year 2s enjoyed creating beautiful watercolours of their visualisations of the mythical creature, and they wrote fantastic instructions to tell people how to catch Yr Afanc.

  • The Legend of King Arthur!

    As part of our learning during Welsh Week, Reception pupils have had lots of fun studying the legend of King Arthur! Pupils particularly enjoyed learning all about the marriage of Arthur and Guinevere. Pupils first began by writing a wedding invitation to the wedding of King Arthur and Guinevere where they had to use all […]

  • Year 1 The Runaway Pancake

    We read a lovely story today called “The Runaway Pancake” who rolled out of the pan and ran away – bumping into lots of different animals on the way. The children were challenged to try and remember all of the animals that the pancake met on his journey. They worked together in groups to sequence […]