AoLE Languages, Literacy and Communication
Examples of Language, Literacy and Communication at Pontlliw
  • Leaf soup anyone?

    Reception had lots of fun this morning! They followed the recipe to make a leaf soup in our outdoor Mud Kitchen! They worked in pairs and showed great team work- da iawn Recpetion!

  • Skype Cymraeg 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

    Year 5 struck back up their links with Richmond Park Primary School in Carmarthen today and Skyped them for their Welsh Drilling session before lunch. Three of the pupils asked and answered questions in Welsh to help their develop language patterns.  Da iawn pawb.

  • Remembrance Day medal

    We are learning about instructions this term. The children looked at instructions to make a Remembrance Day medal. They had to use the ‘you will need’ list to find the equipment and materials they needed and then they independently followed the instructions to make their own medals.

  • Instructions in Action!

    Our literacy focus this half term is instructional writing. We have looked at some of the features of this genre and tried to put what we had learnt into practice by helping our partner through an obstacle course with their eyes shut. We then moved indoors out of the rain and tried to do the […]

  • Teaching Nursery about teeth brushing!

    This morning Reception pupils had a lot of fun teaching nursery pupils all about how to brush their teeth! Reception pupils taught the nursery two songs about teeth brushing as well as showing them the equipment that they use. They also gave step by step instructions and used picture cards. Da iawn Reception!

  • Fairies in the classroom!

    This week Reception had a shock to find that our class had been taken over by fairies!! They have been incredibly busy helping the ‘nurse’ write instructions for teeth brushing- they even had to help her find all of the items that the fairies had hidden around the yard! Pupils also got the chance to […]

  • Tric a Chlic

    We have been using the Tric a Chlic this week, which encourages reading in Welsh…

  • Fantastic Fireworks!

    The Year 2s have had a very busy week! They have completed lots of exciting activities as part of the ‘Glitter and Glow’ topic. The children have been focusing on learning about fireworks celebrations. They have completed lots of tasks, including: * learning about the firework safety code and creating their own safety posters * […]

  • Fabulous Fireworks Poetry!

    The Year 2s have enjoyed creating fireworks poems this week. They started by learning about onomatopoeia, and used these words to create shape poems whilst experimenting with different styles of writing. They then moved on to learning about acrostic poems, and made some fantastic group poems about fireworks, where they used lots of fantastic descriptive […]

  • Connecting with the World! 🌎

    As we entered day two of Microsoft’s Global Connect initiative, Year 5 listened to students from Ecuador, Tunisia, USA, Pakistan and India today. They had posted videos on Flipgrid and we watched what they had to say about their countries. We then posted facts about Wales so other pupils from across the world can watch […]

  • Saving Ioan the Sheep

    We have had a traumatic week in Year 1. The Evil Pea from Supertato decided to kidnap our class sheep, Ioan. In order to get him back, the children had to use all the persuasive skills that they have learnt as part of our language this term to try and persuade the Evil Pea to […]

  • Let’s go fly a kite!

    This week pupils have been learning all about instruction writing and wrote instructions for how to make a paper kite! They then had the opportunity to make their own paper kite following the instructions.. we even got to see a real kite flying in the sky!

  • Super spelling

    The Evil Peas from Supertato took over our classroom this week and just like in the story, they ended up in some jelly! We had to try and use the tweezers to find letters to spell our spelling words, but we weren’t allowed to touch or disturb the peas! It’s was harder than it looks!!

  • Making Chocolate Apples

    The Year 2s made some delicious chocolatey treats this week. They applied their reading skills well, and were able to read and follow instructions for how to make chocolate apples.

  • Sequencing Instructions

    The Year 2 children have been enjoying learning about instructional texts. This week we discussed various features of the genre, including bossy verbs, time words, titles, bub headings, diagrams, equipment/ ingredient lists, numbered steps and bullet points. The children were able to spot the features in various texts, and worked collaboratively to sequence jumbled instructions.

  • 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 […]