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

  • 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 […]