AoLE Science and Technology
Examples of Science and Technology at Pontlliw
  • Creating Gingerbread men using J2E Paint (Part 1)

    Reception pupils have started this week creating their favourite scenes from the Gingerbread Man using the J2E Paint software on Hwb. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed this activity and could talk all about what they had created. More groups will complete this activity next week. Da iawn Dosbarth Derbyn!

  • Sorting Materials

    This week the Year 2s discussed the different materials that objects are made from. We talked about the importance of recycling and watched a really interesting video showing us what happens to the waste that we send for recycling after it leaves our houses. The children were fascinated. We then looked at some household waste […]

  • Digital Dragon’s Coding Competition

    To try and boost coding skills across the school, the Digital Dragons have proposed a Coding Competition to get our pupils using their digital skills throughout January. The children are invited to create a game, project or simple code in J2E code and let Mr Stonham know about their entry by 7th February. The Digital […]

  • Stop Animation 🎥

    Year 5 enjoyed created stop animation movies this afternoon. We looked at the various types of animation including computer generated, drawings and stop animation with clay. The children were taken back in time and watched an episode of ‘Trap Door’ and saw how the characters moved and interacted. They came up with some wonderful creations […]

  • Electronics Everywhere!

    Year 4 have had a great start to their new topic of Robots! They have investigated circuits, and begun to make Doodlebots (although some of the components didn’t work but a new set has arrived ready for next week.) They have also had a go at creating some 3D art, and started to have a […]

  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star…

    Whilst assembling the origami stars pupils listening to music related to stars from various artists and researched facts about stars. The facts were mind blowing: A star is a massive, bright, sphere of very hot gas called plasma which is held together by its own gravity. Stars radiate energy created from nuclear fusion, which is […]

  • Origami Stars

    Year 6 have been as busy as bees first week back and hit the ground running, completing lots of tasks to enthuse them ready to start learning about their new topic, Space and Flight. One of our lessons this week developed following instruction to create an origami star whilst developing numeracy skills across the curriculum.

  • Roman Catapults

    We have completed our Design and Technology project for this term in Year 5. We have made catapults similar to the ones the Romans would have used to conquer the Celts. Under supervision, the children used glue guns to create their wooden creations. They were very pleased with the results.

  • Global Connections 🌎 🇦🇺

    Year 5 have been taking advantage of Hwb’s latest addition, Flipgrid. We asked a school in Australia lots of different questions about Christmas in their part of the world. We had lots of exciting replies and got to see that although there were lots of differences, w also had a lot in common even though […]

  • Minecraft Hearts! ❤️

    After a day learning about the heart Friday, Year 5 were tasked with recreating a 3D heart in minecraft with all four chambers with valves for the blood to pass through. We had some wonderful creations

  • Designing and creating Sprout Cakes!

    Reception pupils thoroughly enjoyed designing and making Sprout Cakes today! First, pupils completed a planning sheet where they had to decide what flavours and ingredients they would need to create their cakes. Pupils then sketched their design, paying particular interest to Sprout Boys emotions. Reception then used their plans to create a sprout cake using […]

  • All about the heart! ❤️

    Year 5 studied the heart today and undertook a number of activities in the process. This morning we studied the various parts that make up the heart and the circulatory system. After break we dissected lambs hearts and saw the various parts up close. This afternoon we consolidated our learning by making quizzes on Microsoft forms […]

  • Christmas Candle Jars

    Following on from their Santa candle investigation last week, the Year 2s received a letter from Mrs. Claus. She asked us to design Christmassy candle jars so that Santa can burn our candle safely. The children came up with some fantastic designs and followed the success criteria well. They enjoyed experimenting with various materials and […]

  • Learning all about ‘Sprout Boy’!

    Reception pupils have had lots of fun this morning being introduced to the Christmas advert ‘Sprout Boy’. To start, pupils were shown clips of the video and made predictions about how they thought the story would end. Pupils then really enjoyed working in groups to draw and describe the character Sprout Boy. They wrote down […]

  • Digital Dragons in the DVLA Code Challenge

    Our Digital Dragons attended the DVLA code challenge today and thoroughly enjoyed. We watched schools showcase their entries and then went outside to interact with the fire service, police and army! They also met Sian Lloyd from BBC news and looked at virtual reality videos and robotics during their lunch break. They behaved impeccably and […]

  • Creating Pictograms

    This week Reception pupils have used their computing skills to create Pictograms online. This linked to our ‘Magical Me’ topic where pupils voted on which healthy fruit was their favourite and created a pictogram to show the results. Da iawn Reception!

  • The Wonders of Yeast

    Year 6 have been investigating the effects of yeast. They predicted that when you add yeast to a sugar and water solution it causes a chemical reaction to form the gas carbon dioxide. We investigated this theory by putting balloons at the top of bottles with different amounts of yeast and sugar in. We then […]

  • Seat belt Safety Experiment

    Last week Year 1 carried out a science experiment on seatbelt safety using a boiled egg. They enjoyed this investigation.

  • Digital Dragons – Minecraft Coding

    One of the Digital Dragons aims this year is to improve coding across the school. They were introduced to coding in Minecraft for Education in their Pupil Voice group today. They are now confident to go back to class and show their peers how it is done!

  • Author Skype!

    Year 5 were lucky enough to Skype Caroline Lawrence this afternoon, the author of our current class novel. After researching her yesterday using Hwb playlists, the children asked some really impressive and insightful questions and enjoyed speaking to this accomplished author. Da iawn pawb

  • 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.