AoLE Digital Competence

What does ‘digital competence’ mean?

Digital competence is the set of skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable the confident, creative and critical use of technologies and systems. It is the skill set that enables a person to be a confident digital citizen, to interact and collaborate digitally, to produce work digitally and to be confident in handling data and computational thinking (problem solving).

Digital Competency Framework – Your Questions Answered

Presentation to Governing Body about Digital Competence

Examples of Digital Competence at Pontlliw
  • Christmas Traditions in Iceland

    This morning, Year 2 and Year 5 pupils enjoyed a live web chat with Mr. Stonham’s cousin Darren. Darren lives in Iceland and he told us all about their various Christmas traditions. The children listened attentively, and asked lots of thoughtful questions. They enjoyed learning about the thirteen trolls who leave treats for children, the […]

  • Awesome Advertising!

    The Year 2 children have been learning about persuasion texts. They have enjoyed watching and reading lots of adverts, and now understand the persuasive features used by companies to get us to part with our money. The children learned about superlatives, and then used them when creating their own adverts using their fantastic computer skills. […]

  • Santa SOS!

    The Year 2 children were super excited this week to find a letter that Santa had sent them asking the children for help. He told us that there had been a power cut in the North Pole, and asked us to send him a candle which would help him continue making toys in the dark. […]

  • Toys, Toys, Toys!

    This week the Year 2 children have been working on a Rich Task based on the theme ‘toys’. The children worked brilliantly applying their numeracy, literacy, ICT and Welsh language skills to complete a range of focused tasks. The children wrote fantastic letters to Sion Corn, using known sentence patterns. They used our Wal Cymraeg […]

  • Directions, Positions and Movement in Year 2

    This week the Year 2 children have been further developing their understanding and use of positional, directional and movement vocabulary. They learned about full, quarter, half and three quarter turns, and showed a good understanding of clockwise and anticlockwise movements. Some of the children also enjoyed learning about compass points. The children then used the […]

  • Remembrance Day

    Year 1 have been using a range of skills to learn more about Remembrance Day. In pairs, we developed our oracy skills by asking each other questions and we then used the Green Screen to record our responses. We continued to develop our ICT skills by creating poppy pictures using JIT paint. We also used […]

  • Super Skype

    Year 1 used Skype this week to speak with a lady in America and her very important companion….Molly the Firedog. We learnt about how dogs are used to support the fire service and Molly even showed us some of her tricks. Thank you to Danya for an informative and interesting Skype session.

  • Noson Tan Gwyllt

    Super Welsh and ICT skills were shown by the Year 2 children this week. They enjoyed writing in Welsh about different fireworks that they like, and used paint tools online to create some very effective firework pictures.

  • Coding Challenge

    Today Year 6 were set the challenge to code the theme tune to Star Wars using micro:bits. They can use the coding website at home…why not ask them to show you…I can guarantee you that you will be impressed!

  • Scary Supertato

    The children continued to practise the skill of drag and drop by creating their own scary Supertatoes.

  • Strong Passwords 💪🏼

    We had an E-Safety lesson this afternoon in Year 5 and we looked at the features of strong passwords. They need to memorable as we don’t want to have to write them down anywhere. We looked at ways we can strengthen them and make it extremely difficult for and would be hackers to access our […]

  • Building with Bing

    We have been practising ‘drag and drop’ using the computers this week. The children enjoyed building with Bing Bunny and exploring how different shapes fit together.

  • Microbit Magic

    This afternoon, Mr Tavender from Bont comp came into school to further develop pupils knowledge of coding and programming microbits. The children were awesome; Mr Tavender was so impressed they were challenged to complete Year 7’s coding activities.

  • Awesome Owls!

    This week the Year 2s have enjoyed reading the story Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. We discussed the structure of the story, using the 5 story mountain parts. The children then used their own story mountains to retell the story. The children were very keen to find out more about owls, and lots of the […]

  • Foundation Phase Code Club 📱💻

    With the help of our brilliant Digital Leaders, children from Reception to Year 2 were able to log on to Hwb and try out coding on Just 2 Easy. They started by using the ‘simple’ setting but many of them quickly moved the ‘advance’ setting, where they had to pre-programme their rocket or car to […]

  • A Cool Carousel

    For the last lesson over the past 3 afternoons, Year 5 have been rotating around 3 tasks. Task 1 – Learn all about the Digestive System – led by Mr Stonham Task 2 – Estimate the size of a Celtic roundhouse – led by Aimee Task 3 – Independent drawing and labelling of inside and […]

  • Transition Planning

    This afternoon Year 6 have been taking a lead in their learning in preparation for their transition project in the Comprehensive in the Summer. The topic of the project is Health and Well-being. They need to plan under the headings: Physical, Mental and Social. The planning stage is underway and pupils are extremely excited.

  • Spreading the ‘love’

    In our science topic this year, Year 6 are studying Micro-organisms. Today we tested our knowledge, using Kahoot, and the winners were congratulated with a germ infected handshake (green glitter). Other pupils then congratulated them to see how far we could spread the germs. Pupils were amazed as to how far germs can spread!

  • Databases Galore!

    Year 5 have increase their knowledge of databases greatly today with the various activities we have undertaken . This morning, we analysed a database of over 800 Pokemon. Children started classifying the data with one search term, but soon were able to add 3 or more search criteria to find specific Pokemon on the list […]

  • Wonderful Woodland Animals!

    When introducing this term’s topic a few weeks ago, the Year 2 children shared lots of their own fantastic ideas about what they would like to learn about. Some children said that they would like to find out about different animals such as owls, foxes and hedgehogs. Today, the children enjoyed using the Arkive website […]

  • Tree Data

    Following on from yesterday’s tree hunt, today the Year 2 children used Hwb to show their data. We talked about which trees there were most of and least of, and the children showed off their fantastic ICT skills!

  • Space Travel in Year 2

    As part of their topic, this week the Year 2 children enjoyed finding out about the history of space travel. They enjoyed sequencing a timeline of space firsts, researching the planets and were amazed to watch the film of the first moon walk.

  • Move over David Attenborough…Year 1 are coming!

    As part of our sharks topic, we decided to use our explanation skills, that we have been developing in our language sessions, to create our very own shark documentaries! We used the Green Screen to help us present our ‘in studio’ part, explaining the different features that sharks have. Then, we decided to ‘dive down’ […]

  • Fabulous Flapjacks, Lovely Lists and Cracking Coding!

    As part of their work on ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Picnic’ story, this week the Year 2 children made some delicious flapjacks for the story character Mr. Grinling. The children used their super reading skills to read and follow instructions, and they used their excellent measuring skills to weigh the ingredients carefully. The children also developed […]

  • The Lighthouse Keeper’s Picnic

    The Year 2 children have had a great morning working on activities based on The Lighthouse Keeper’s Picnic. They used their coding skills to move the Lighthouse Keeper from building to building around the village. They used their word-processing skills to develop shopping lists for Mr. Grinling. The children used their Welsh language skills when […]

  • Super Research Skills

    As part of our topic ‘Journey With Us Over Land, Sea, Air & Space’, the Year 2 children have enjoyed reading the story ‘Oi! Get Off Our Train!’ They enjoyed reading about various endangered animals wanting to get on a train to escape, as they were facing threat from humans in various ways. The children […]

  • Year 1: Time

    We have been learning to tell the time this week. The children have enjoyed fun, practical ways of practising telling the time, including playing board games, playing games outside and using their own handmade clocks!

  • Year 1: The Titanic

    We have been finding out all the the Titanic in Year 1. The children have been busy researching and have found out some surprising (and shocking!) facts about the tragedy. The children loved using their GetEpic accounts on the computers to find texts about the Titanic and also did wordsearches to familiarise themselves with some […]

  • Crazy Kahooters

    This morning Year 6 were in for a treat…4 new teachers! Our digital leaders taught the rest of the class to take part in an online quiz called Kahoot. Pupils competed against each other and also wrote their own quiz for others to answer. Why don’t you test their knowledge against yourselves at home?

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our 🤩 this week. Can we also take this opportunity to congratulate our entrepreneur groups from Year 6 who are running a successful business for our pupils after school; offering a range of activities in ‘Attitude’ and an opportunity to develop drama and ICT in ‘Movie Maker’.

  • Siarter Iaith Competition

    A chance to win a family holiday 30 businesses across three Welsh towns – Pwllheli, Swansea and Cowbridge – have placed a sticker featuring the Siarter Iaith mascots, Seren a Sbarc, in their windows. From Monday 30th April until Monday 7th May, we are asking primary school children and their families to seek out these […]

  • Year 1: Freaky Fish

    This week, we read a non-fiction book called ‘Freaky Fish’. The children were amazed at the different, and unusual, types of sealife that there are in the world. We then used our Welsh skills to ask each other which sealife animal we like best and we recorded the results using the pictogram on HWB. Our […]

  • We had a ‘Grand’ morning.

    This morning Blwyddyn 6 visited the Grand Theatre to take a look at behind the scenes.

  • Under the sea

    This week we have been activating our prior knowledge in preparation for our new topic of ‘under the sea’. We have explored and observed different items that you might find in the sea and we have shared lots of facts and information that we already know. We explored our colourful ‘coral reef’ looking for and […]

  • Stargazers

    Today Blwyddyn 6 followed instructions to create a star ⭐️ shape through repeated patterns. Pupils had to measure and cut 12 squares (15cm by 15cm) to create the origami arrangement. We also listened to a composition of creative music. Pupils also had the opportunity to walk in space using the VR Google’s. It was very […]

  • Sut mae’r tywydd heddiw?

    Year 1 have been using the Ipad and green screen in school this week to create their own weather forecast videos in Welsh. Here are some snapshots of their fantastic creations, da iawn!

  • Egg Experts in Year 2!

    Today the Year 2 children thoroughly enjoyed investigating eggs. They learned how eggs provide food, air and protection for the chick growing inside. They enjoyed finding out about the air sac, yolk, albumen and shell…and got very messy along the way! The children worked on recording their results carefully in different ways. They are now […]

  • Reading Temperature in Year 2

    This week the Year 2 children have been working hard learning about temperature. We have learned how to read various scales, and have compared temperatures, using counting on to find the difference. We enjoyed reading and matching temperatures. We also used the iPads to look at weather forecasts online, and compared the temperatures in various […]

  • Year 2 Celebrate World Book Day

    The Year 2 children have had a fantastic day celebrating World Book Day. We have been focusing on the author Dr. Seuss. We enjoyed looking at rhyming words in his stories, exploring the Seussville website, and completing a problem solving activity based on the book ‘One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish’. The children […]

  • Awesome Animation in Year 2!

    This week the Year 2 children are learning how to animate. They came up with some very creative ideas, and are looking forward to adding sound to their animations later in the week.

  • Happy St. David’s Day from Year 1

    Happy St. David’s Day from Year 1. The children look fantastic in their Welsh costumes and rugby/football tops. We have had a busy morning completing ‘Welsh’ challenges, such as building castles, making paper leeks, learning about St David on the computers and finding words in a wordsearch. Ardderchog Blwyddyn 1! We have also thoroughly our […]

  • Foundation Phase Code Club

    Today we launched our Foundation Phase Code Club. The children enjoyed learning to code using puzzle pieces, problem solving and some pupils even began debugging a range of codes. The children can’t wait to further develop their coding skills in next week’s club.

  • Feeling the Love in Year 2!

    Today the Year 2 children have been further developing their language, maths and personal & social and creative skills whilst learning about Valentine’s Day. We began the day by discussing what valentine’s Day means to us, and then did some data collection about our favourite Valentine’s Day symbols. We then moved on to using Hwb […]

  • Crempogau Gwych yn Blwyddyn 2!

    Today the Year 2 children have been applying their Literacy, Maths, Welsh, ICT and creative skills whilst learning about pancakes. We began the day by undertaking some data collection in Welsh, talking about our favourite flavour pancakes. We then watched our Welsh friends Fflic a Fflac make delicious pancakes, before designing our own healthy, happy […]

  • Cluster Science Experiment

    Year 6 have been learning about insulation and researching why penguins huddle. Today Mr Smith came into school to teach us about the science behind why they huddle. We re-enacted the huddle by using test-tubes and hot water, measuring the temperature every 2 unites of the ‘penguin’ inside the huddle and on the outer circle.

  • Looking after our teeth.

    This week the nursery children are learning about the importance of taking care of their teeth. They watched a demonstration of how to clean their teeth, then practised their technique on some giant teeth. They played a selection of dental related maths games and even pretended to be a dentist by playing games on the […]

  • Virtual Reality in Year 2

    The children have enjoyed using Virtual Reality equipment to extend their learning about dinosaurs. The children have been fascinated by this technology, and are keen to try our other VR activities linked to our topic.

  • Marvellous Magnets in Year 2!

    The children have been busy investigating magnetic materials this week. They enjoyed further developing their prediction skills, recording results and then worked on comparing their results with their initial predictions. Some of the children also decided to go on to Hwb and research Iron, and they then recorded their most interesting facts. Super investigative skills, […]

  • Year 2 Are Safer Internet Day Superstars!

    Today Year 2 have been extremely busy completing lots of activities linked to Safer Internet Day. The children began the day by listening to a story about how to deal with unkind comments online. We then did a circle time activity using wool, which showed the children how we are all connected to each other, […]

  • 6 Nations!

    We are having a 6 Nations themed week in Year 5 to celebrate the start of the tournament and Wales’ brilliant win against Scotland! The children were lucky enough to try on Leigh Halfpenny’s scrum cap from the amazing 30-13 victory against England in 2013 and see his t-shirt from the 2012 Grand Slam winning […]