AoLE Science and Technology
Examples of Science and Technology at Pontlliw
  • 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 […]

  • Year 3 Rose Experiment Underway!

    In Science this term, we have been studying the transportation of water in plants. The children have learnt all about the importance of the roots and the stem and how they transport nutrients around the flower. To demonstrate this, we have set up a ‘Rose’ experiment to try and answer the question “Does temperature affect […]

  • Oakwood – Fun in the sun ☀️ 🎢🎡🎠

    Year 5 and 6 had a fabulous day in Oakwood today. As forecast, the weather didn’t disappoint and we enjoyed going on rides in the warm sunshine. The children were once again a credit to the school and represented us well around the park. There should hopefully be a few ‘lie ins’ in the morning […]

  • Investigating Ramps

    The Year 2 children have been investigating ramps this week. Different groups investigated different questions: Does the height of a ramp affect the distance a car travels? Does the surface of a ramp affect the distance a car travels? Does the weight of a ramp affect the distance a car travels? The children loved making […]

  • Manic Melting!

    Year 4 have been learning about changing state in science this term, and today they were investigating which materials melts quickly and which melt more slowly. They planned brilliantly, using scientific knowledge and experience to make predictions to answer their enquiries. Once they have drawn up the results, they can write about what they found […]

  • Wimbledon Calling

    We have a very important job in Year 5 this half term. Due to the unreliable British weather, Wimbledon Tennis Centre have written to us to asking us to investigate how different temperatures change the height of the bounce of their tennis balls. We carried out the investigation this afternoon using an iPad to record […]

  • Perfect Penguins!

    This week the Reception began their investigations to find out about Emperor Penguins. We have begun to look at their habitat, their food and looking at where in the World Penguins live…. Some of the answers may surprise you! Reception then completed some challenges with Bee bots, information gathering on the computer… even making chocolate […]

  • Blustery Day Fun!

    Winnie the Pooh was the inspiration for the Reception to complete some science challenges using balloons! The children experimented with static electricity and found out what items a balloon could pick up. They also looked at the temperature of air and the effect it would have on a balloon… I think the children were surprised […]

  • Super sharks

    It’s been ‘shark week’ in Year 1 and we have done lots of different activities. We have been investigating why sharks don’t sink and we made our own ‘Shark Academy’ videos, using the green screen, to explain this. We have also been finding out about the different types of sharks and have been sorting them, […]

  • Roller Coaster Databases 🎢

    We worked in groups of three this afternoon to create collaborative databases on J2E in Year 5. Children researched the fastest, tallest, most expensive, newest roller coasters in the world and populated the data in a shared database. We are going to analyse our databases on Monday to compare and contrast the rides.

  • Titanic

    We have been learning all about the Titanic. First, the children used HWB to write their own reports about the Titanic. The children then had the task of designing and creating their own ships. They thought of names for their ships, created posters to advertise and persuade others to go on them, presented their ships […]

  • Drone Club 🚁

    We had our first drone club this afternoon and it was awesome! Children from across KS2 enjoyed flying the drones around the yard and even racing each other’s drones across the playground. The children loved interacting with the machines and the technology that controls them. Next week they will learn how to code them and […]

  • Year 3 Flower Dissection

    The children have had lots of fun this week learning all about the different parts of a flower. They were shocked to learn that flowers all have male and female parts. After a long discussion, they had the opportunity to put on their rubber gloves and use tweezers and magnifying glasses to investigate further. They […]

  • Learning About Colours.

    The nursery children have had great fun today learning all about different colours. They mixed coloured paints with shaving foam to see the changes. They placed different coloured transparent tiles onto light boxes to see the if the colour changed when the light shone through. They used tweezers and chopsticks to place different coloured mini […]

  • Finding out about Habitats

    After our visit to the WWT Llanelli, the children decided that they would like to learn more about habitats, and the animals that could share the same space. We began by investigating our own outdoor areas, and thinking about the animals we see within them. We also talked about animals that come out at night, […]

  • Reception at the Wetlands Llanelli.

    What a wet and windy day! But spirits were not dampened, the reception were ready to learn all about the differences between themselves and birds. As part of our ‘Amazing Animals’ topic, the children wanted to find out about birds, what they eat, where they live, how they eat and how they swim. The children […]

  • Enterprising Event

    All year, Year 6 were presented with an enterprise project. This project has provided them with opportunities to develop their Literacy,Numeracy, Digital and Creative skills. They have been researching, writing letters to companies for advice, trailing products in school, collecting popularity data and analysing results, making, designing, advertising, presenting and finally selling. Thank you to […]

  • Crucial Crew Training

    Year 6 have had an amazing day at the Territorial Army Training Center. They have had workshops with the Police, Road Safety, The Army, Lifeboat, Food Standards Agency, PCSO and The Fire Service.

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars this week!

  • Tour de Pontlliw

    This morning Year 6 cycled 10 miles around the school yard as part of their Tour de France topic. Pupils refuelled with water and orange segments. Pupils also had the opportunity to code the drones to follow the cycle journey of the riders.

  • Vicious Volcanoes!

    Year 4 had a fab day out at the Natioal Museum Cardiff today. They had a workshop with Liam where they got to build structures and test them on a shake plate, and got to erupt a volcano and learn all about how they are made up. After lunch the class were free to visit […]

  • Centripetal and Centrifugal Force

    We talked about Centripetal and Centrifugal force in Year 5 this morning. Once the children understood the the forces, they they put the theory of the balanced forces to the test by spinning a bucket of water above their heads, trusting that centrifugal force would keep them dry, while centripetal force would be trying to […]

  • Minecraft Mayhem!

    We have taken our theme-park business one step further in Year 5. After drafting our parks and working out profits and costs on spreadsheets, we have started to build our parks using Minecraft for education which is now available for all Welsh pupils via Hwb. The children led the learning after coming up with the […]

  • Changing the Speed and Direction of Objects

    Today the Year 2s enjoyed investigating how we can change the speed and direction of various objects.

  • Mad about Minibeasts!

    What a fun day! Reception were out and about again learning in the outdoor area. Their challenge this week was to find Minibeasts. We read our book and chose our favourites, and then went out and about to discover the different creatures in Pontlliw School. Try it at home pop down a hoop and count […]

  • Drone Coding

    There was a mixture of fear and excitement in Year 5 this afternoon as the children were introduced to Drones for the first time. They used their coding skills to make the drones move, twist and flip in the direction they wanted. We will look at more in depth coding of the machines after half […]

  • A Messy Morning In Nursery!

    What a fun and messy outdoor day we had today. We had a morning full of volcano themed activities. The children enjoyed making their own mini volcanoes using bicarbonate of soda, washing up liquid and vinegar. They did splatter painting to represent lava, by dipping cotton wool balls into paint and ‘splatting’ them onto the […]

  • Outdoor Air Resistance! 💨

    We explored the opposing forces of air resistance and gravity in Year 5 today. We came to realise that an object’s weight does not determine how fast it falls – putting in to question the famous saying “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” We learnt that it is actually air resistance that determines […]

  • Healthy Eating Nutrition

    Not only are we working on developing our healthy minds but also developing our knowledge of nutrition; looking at the healthy plate and sugar content in drinks. Pupils then had the opportunity to scan drinks, using the app food scanner, they were shocked by the results. Pupils analysed the data, including sugar, salt, fat and […]

  • Theme Park Owners

    We have become entrepreneurs in Year 5 and have created our own virtual theme parks using Microsoft Excel. We have used multiple tabs on our spreadsheet to set out a plan, work out our overheads and income and we will be looking at profits later in the week. This has been a great task to […]

  • Sea exploration

    We have been learning about some of the creatures that live under the sea this week.

  • Thrill Engineer Skype Call 🎢🎡🎠

    Year 5 were treated to a Skype Call with Professor Brendan Walker this afternoon. Brendan Walker is a thrill engineer and helps theme parks across the world design rides that both scare and excite thrill seekers. He took time out to speak to us and answer our questions. We learnt a lot and it fitted perfectly […]

  • All About Forces 🍎

    We have begun to learn about different forces in Year 5. We used a variety of materials and resources to independently learn about the different types of force that are present around us. The children shared their knowledge at various intervals during the lesson so that other groups could gain from their friends’ research!

  • Year 1 explore Chatterpix

    We explored the Chatterpix app this week (with a little help from Year 6 too!) by choosing a sea creature and recording what we already know about that animal.

  • Let’s go under the sea…

    We have been busy activating our prior knowledge of our new topic of under the sea this week…

  • Year 6 – Tour de France

    The pupils are excited to start their new topic, which is Tour de France. Our main focus for this term is health and well-being; looking at nutritional bars, effects of exercise on our bodies and making the right choices to live a healthy lifestyle. The children have written their question on to their learning leaves, […]

  • Forces – Levers

    Year 5 started their forces journey today as we looked at Levers and how they help us when shifting heavy loads. We learnt that by changing the position of the fulcrum, that we need far less effort to shift a heavy load (and a Year 5 teacher!) The children then investigated  this theory, documenting their […]