AoLE Science and Technology
Examples of Science and Technology at Pontlliw
  • Investigating Lights

    This week the Year 2s were set a challenge after reading the story ‘Can’t you Sleep, Little. Bear?’: Investigate which light would be the most suitable to help Baby Bear get to sleep. The children made lots of predictions, decided on how they would test the lights, discussed fair testing, and they used tables to […]

  • Free Minecraft and Microsoft Office!

    Microsoft Office is FREE to learners and teachers in maintained schools in Wales. Save up to £69 with your child’s Hwb account! How do you get your free version of Office at home? Follow the link below:  https://hwb.gov.wales/microsoft

  • Minecraft Ampitheatre

    While the girls where away at football today, the boys collaborated to build a Roman amphitheatre in preparation for our visit to Caerleon. They had to communicate and work together in order to complete the project. They did well to complete the structure with great team work.

  • Growing Grassheads.

    A few weeks ago, the nursery children sowed grass seeds into pots. They watered them, watched them and waited. Just look at them now!

  • 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 * […]

  • Making Poo! 💩

    We recreated the human digestive system in Year 5 today! Children used scissors as teeth, water as saliva, gravy browning as stomach enzymes, and tights as an intestine! The children recreated the process and could see how nutrients leave the intestine into the body to be used, while the waste gets processed through the intestine […]

  • How much fat in Crisps?

    Year 5 have been independently investigating how much fat is in various brands of crisps. We crushed the crisps on to squared paper and counted the amount of squares that were fully covered in grease. We made sure the test was fair by keeping all conditions the same (dependant variables) apart from the brand of […]

  • Esafety Assemblies

    All classes from Reception to Year 6 received an esafety lesson from the Prevention Officer from the Childen’s Society. They were taught how to stay safe online and how to act towards others when interacting online.

  • 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 […]

  • Connecting with Argentina! 🇦🇷

    Year 5 took part in the Microsoft Global Connection Challenge today and travelled over 7000 virtual miles! We played mystery Skype with a teacher from Argentina. We did not give away the location and the children had to ask Yes/No questions to narrow the destination down! Once we correctly guessed, we asked lots of questions […]

  • Pontlliw Leading the Way

    This week Pontlliw welcomed teachers from all over South and West Wales to join us for our ‘Minecraft Education Edition’ roll out. We have been chosen as one of five schools across Wales to roll this educational tool out to schools around our region. After a two day training course in Cardiff earlier in the […]

  • Cactus Magnets

    This week, year 4 have been designing and making cactus magnets! They came up with a series of ideas, then selected their favourite one to make. We made a huge mess making the salt dough, but worked hard at measuring accurately, then mixing and working the dough into a useable form. Once they had been […]

  • Pumpkin Investigation

    At the start of term, the Year 2s enjoyed discussing what they would like to learn about as part of our Glitter and Glow topic. Quite a lot of the children said they would like to find out more about pumpkins….. so, today we did! The children read an information book on Get Epic about […]

  • Super Spheros!

    This week the Year 2s enjoyed working together to further develop their coding skills using Spheros. Thank you to the Year 5 pupils who came over to help the Year 2s.

  • Reflecting at the end of day 2

    We have had a busy second day: Rock hopping, walking the coast, orienteering, fire building and a walk to the beach. Your children are extremely tired tonight and were all in bed by 9:30 (a little earlier than last night – lol) Tomorrow we are surfing and body boarding.

  • Autumn Treasures

    The year 2 children have enjoyed investigating lots of natural Autumn objects this week. They used magnifying glasses to take a close look at the items.

  • Organ Presentations

    Year 5 have swapped roles and became teachers this week. They have been busy researching the different organs in the body and this week it was time to teach the rest of the class (and me) about their chosen organ. We learnt lots of interesting facts from each other and now know a lot more […]

  • Edible Stars.

    As part of our ‘Out of this world’ topic, we decided to make some edible stars. We used puff pastry and grated cheese, and we looked at how the cheese and pastry changed after they had been in the oven. The children thoroughly enjoyed making them. They were delicious!

  • Autumn Senses Walk

    As part of our topic ‘Glitter and Glow’, we Year 2 have enjoyed learning about the changes that happen around us during Autumn. We have learned about why leaves change colour and how the changes in the weather affect the world around us at this time of year. This week the boys and girls went […]

  • Collaboration in Year 5

    We have been learning about the Roman Invasion of Britain in Year 5. Children were provided with the revelant research materials on Hwb Playlists as well as library books and the topic wall in class. They then collated their research in a Collaborative Class Notebook in Microsoft Teams. Competition kicked in when the pupils could […]

  • Coding with our Bee-Bots!

    This week reception pupils have enjoyed learning about coding! Pupils programmed their bee-bots to move along our ‘bear hunt’ map to reach their destination. Pupils had to use their numeracy skills to count how many squares were needed to reach each point on our map. 

  • Let’s Be Germ Free

    As part of our Science topic this half term we are studying Microorganisms. Children have been been researching famous Scientists and looking into the effects of Yeast. Pupils have also been developing their questioning skills, asking Janette questions on the importance of food hygiene. Today we had a mini experiment to see how far germs […]

  • Superhero Underpants

    Year 1 loved designing and creating their own superhero underpants this week.

  • Shadows Investigation

    The year 2s were super scientists this week. We enjoyed reading a non-fiction book together on Get Epic about shadows. The children were then set a challenge: ‘How else could we make shadows?’. The children enjoyed making shadow puppets, and were then asked to see if they could find out how to make the shadows […]

  • Tree Data

    Today the Year 2s used Hwb to create charts which showed the data collected on our tree hunt. The boys and girls were able to explain what their data showed. Super skills, Year 2!

  • Measuring Trees

    Today the Year 2s investigated how the girth of trees can tell us about the age of the trees. The boys and girls enjoyed working together outdoors using measuring tapes, and they recorded their findings using tables.

  • 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.

  • All about organs ❤️ 🧠

    Year 5 have been learning all about the organs in our bodies during our science lessons. We had six groups, each looking at one of the following: Brain Lungs Heart Kidneys Liver Digestive system Each group researched their chosen organ and has created a fact filled PowerPoint to present back to the class next week!

  • Nursery’s Listening Walk

    The nursery children went on a listening walk today. They especially enjoyed walking around the nature area, where they heard birds singing and the leaves on the trees rustling in the wind.

  • Digital Dragons – Sphero Test

    The Digital Dragons were the first group of students to try out our new Sphero devices today. Pupils from Reception to Year 6 moved the spheros around the hall remotely. We will be looking at coding these devices next meeting and helping our classes use them in their lessons this half term.  

  • 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 […]

  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, We’re Going To The Moon!

    The Nursery Children have been busy making their very own space rocket, and today it was finally ready! Zoom, zoom, zoom off to the moon!

  • Space Rocks And Rockets!

    As part of our topic, “Out of this world!”, the children made edible space rocks and rockets. They made space rocks out of Rice Krispies, and rockets by wrapping wraps around hot dog sausages. Delicious!

  • Tree Tallying

    This week the Year 2s visited Pontlliw Park when they were set the challenge ‘Find out which type of tree there is most of in Pontlliw park’. They applied their numeracy skills well, using tallying and a table to record their findings. They discovered that the answer was oak trees. Next week they will use […]

  • Woodland Animal Research

    The Year 2 children decided that they would like to find out about some of the animals that we see in the woodland at this time of year. They enjoyed using Get Epic to research various animals, including squirrels, hedgehogs, badgers and foxes. Super research skills, boys and girls!

  • We like to move it, move it…

    As part of our science, we have been learning about movement and forces, and what better way than to get outside and move ourselves. We practised moving in different ways using our bodies and we used a variety of different equipment, such as the bikes, too. We also explored moving different items, such as cars […]

  • Exploring databases

    Year 5 pretended that money was no object this afternoon as they studied the Tui holidays, Smyths and Argos websites. We learnt that we can narrow down our results by filtering the databases on the website in order to find our preferred items. We compared this with our standard j2e databases and saw how similar […]

  • Digital Dragons

    Our new Digital Dragons met for the first time this academic year and we have big plans. The pupils felt they weren’t as diligent with their esafety at home as they are in school, so this will continue to be a focus. They also felt that they were still spending too long on screens, so […]

  • ICT problem solving 💻

    The Year 5 children had great fun on the Room Styler website today. They got to design a 2D version of their dream home, whilst overcoming problems like space for doors, windows and furniture. They then saw 3D versions of their creations which they can share with you at home. We finished the day off […]

  • Learning About The Moon.

    As part of our new topic, “Out of this world!”, we have been learning all about the moon. We learnt that the moon is a very, very long way away and it has lots of holes called craters.                                   […]

  • Augmented Reality!

    We are testing out new technologies in Year 5 ready for the next academic year! This week, the children thought they had a simple colouring task to complete, however they had a big surprise when they scanned the pictures with our new ‘Quiver’ app! The pictures came to life and the children were able to […]

  • Globe Trotters!! 🌎 ✈️

    Our pupils have totalled up over 20,000 virtual miles as a result of our Skype calls around the world this academic year! We have had some wonderful virtual lessons as a result of this tool and are looking forward to more exciting opportunities next year!

  • Experimenting With Circuits

    This week the Year 2s discussed how the lights on a lighthouse work. We chatted about circuits and electricity before the children were set a challenge: work with a partner to make the lightbulb light up. The children enjoyed trying out different circuits and they were delighted when they finally managed to make their bulbs […]

  • Collaborative Learning With Drones

    This week the Year 2 and Year 5 classes worked together to fly drones! The drones have been loaned to us by ERW, and the Year 5 children showed the Year 2 pupils how to control them. What a brilliant session, in which the children demonstrated excellent DCF and collaboration skills.

  • Marvellous Lighthouse Models

    The Year 2s thoroughly enjoyed making their lighthouse models this week. They followed their designs very carefully, and enjoyed discussing what went well and what they would improve. Super work, Year 2!

  • Carmarthen Trip

    Year 5 enjoyed reaping the rewards of their Christmas CD sales today. We made enough money to fund a bus to Carmarthen. We spent the time making delicious margherita pizzas in Pizza Express and then linking up with Mr. Stonham’s old school. We enjoyed meeting new children and after some lunch, we played football, danced […]

  • Building a volcano!

    Year 4 have been working hard honing their DT skills by designing and building Volcanoes! They were set a challenge to design and build a volcano which could have the eruption mechanism removed – and they’ve done an amazing job! They started out with just cardboard and newspaper, worked as teams and patiently crafted and […]

  • Minecraft for Education Competition

    A huge well done to all the pupils who took part in our Minecraft Competition this term. The children were challenged to create a school, but 100 years into the future. All the children produced wonderful ‘worlds’ and I was extremely impressed with all their work. The children voted on their favourite entry to be […]

  • Parental Digital Workshop

    As many of you will be aware, Digital Learning is now on an even platform with literacy and numeracy in schools with the introduction of the new curriculum. It was great therefore to see parents coming to see the Digital Dragons present some of the different ICT platforms that we currently use in school. Our […]

  • Sea turtle Skype

    We had the opportunity to connect with an animal centre in Virginia, USA today, where we learnt all about the important work they do to look after different animals. We then had the chance to meet Wilson, their resident turtle. We learnt all about turtles that live on land and ones that live in the […]