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
  • Year 2 Love is all around

    Year 2 have had a lovely day taking part in activities linked to Valentine’s Day. This morning, we learnt about the history of Saint Valentine. We looked at some Valentines symbols before everyone voted on their favourite one in a tally chart. That information was then used to create a pictogram on HWB. The favourite […]

  • Year 1 Virtual Visit to France!

    This morning the children were lucky enough to participate in a Skype call to a school in France. The children were joined by the Year 5 class. They shared facts about Wales as well as listening to facts about France. The children in France then sung some lovely songs to us and we sang back […]

  • Love is in the air ❤️

    Year 5 typed up their final drafts of their love poems this afternoon as we listened to Take That love songs (Our artist of the week) There were some beautiful poems written to boyfriends, girlfriends, families and even pets! What a lovely way to end the half term.

  • Creating Labelled Diagrams

    As part of our learning about the features of explanation texts, this week the Year 2s enjoyed using J2E5 to create fantastic labelled diagrams of chicks and chickens. They used the text, picture and line tools confidently.

  • Safer Internet Day 2020

    The Year 2s enjoyed completing lots of work for Safer Internet Day. We talked about personal information and learned about information that needs to be kept private when online. We also discussed people who we can and cannot trust with out personal details. The children enjoyed making online identity posters which showed what they like […]

  • Year 1 Weather Boys and Girls!

    This afternoon – with the magic of a green screen – the children were transformed into weather boys and girls! They compared the weather in Wales to the weather in France and did it all in Welsh! This  was a lovely activity from the WRU linked with the six nations. The children were brilliant and […]

  • Savanna Food Chains 🦁🌾

    Year 5 have been learning about the Savanna and the animals that inhabit it this week. They were looking at producers, carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and working out who ate what. They researched on a BBC bitesize website, then noted down the food chains in their science books.

  • Year 1 Discussion Writing

    The children started the week discussing what they thought was the best way of travelling to France. Lots of ideas were put forward including ferry, aeroplane and train. They were then asked to think about the disadvantages of each vehicle – this caused an interesting debate. They were then asked to choose their favourite vehicle […]

  • Safer Internet Day Year 5

    After our KS2 assembly this morning, we delved further into our online presence this afternoon and how to create a positive identity online. We looked at what we say, how we interact and even our usernames can have an effect on how we are perceived online by our peers and even future employers! We have […]

  • Reception Safer Internet Day!

    Reception pupils had lots of fun learning all about how to be safe when using the internet and their digital devices today. We started by discussing some popular apps and websites that pupils recognised and what they are for. We then looked at the story of Smartie the Penguin who taught us all about how […]

  • Year 1 Safer Internet Day

    This afternoon we discussed “identity” and looked at the difference between communications online and offline. The children created a “This is me” profile where they drew pictures all about themselves. They then decided which information was private and should never be shared online – this included our addresses, passwords, names and photographs. The boys and […]

  • Year 1 Amazing Australian Fundraising!

    During our Australian topic the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the role of the firefighters dealing with the Australian bushfires. As well as putting the fires out they have an important role in rescuing the injured animals. The children decided they wanted to do something to help and came up with the idea of […]

  • Elephant Sanctuary Call 🐘

    Year 5 were treated to an amazing video call with an Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee this afternoon! We learnt all about the Savanna Elephant in line with our Africa topic. They also taught us about the differences between African and Asian elephants. We learnt how elephants use their bodies to survive in the wild and […]

  • Connecting with the Minecraft Team in Seattle! 🇺🇸

    I do not think I’ve ever seen the children in Year 5 so excited. Before Christmas, we posted questions on Flipgrid to the Minecraft Team in Seattle, USA. Due to our status as a Minecraft Learning Centre, we were able to connect with the team there. We watched their replies to us this morning in […]

  • Exploring Explanation Texts

    This week the year 2s have been exploring the features of explanation texts. They enjoyed working together and as individuals to discuss and find the various features, including labelled diagrams, topic words, glossaries, contents pages, sub-headings, captions and facts.

  • Year 3 WRU Challenge

    Today Year 3 had to create Top Trump cards using J2e Data for the Welsh rugby teams.

  • Maths Year 3 Symmetry

    Today Year 3 have been taking part in various symmetry activities. Here are some images of their learning:

  • Sony Trip – Day Two

    We had another awesome day at Sony Bridgend today. We started the day with a factory tour where we saw the production of top of the range Sony Camcorders, Raspberry Pi computers as well as their repair facility for older Sony Items. It was fascinating. We then moved in to our coding workshop where we […]

  • Year 2 Digital Musicians

    The children have been using a website called Google Chrome Music Lab this week to create musical masterpieces! They used the website’s Kandinsky experiment to draw pictures linked to their topic which then produced a piece of music. They were able to talk about some musical elements such as pitch and dynamics. They had an […]

  • Properties of Materials

    The Year 2s have been learning about properties of materials, and enjoyed showing their learning using J2E5. They made posters using lots of words linked to materials, including rigid, opaque, transparent and waterproof..

  • WRU 6 Nations 2019

    In preparation for the start of the 6 Nations on Saturday, Year 6 have been busy researching and collecting data on the 6 Nations 2019 Pupils needed to create a database on J2Data, create fields, research and input data. They then created graphs and analysed the data developing their Numeracy skills across the curriculum based […]

  • Coding with our bee-bots!

    Reception pupils really enjoyed using their coding skills to programme their bee-bots to move along our map! Pupils worked in pairs to help the three little pigs arrive at their homes by giving each other directions. All pupils were able to follow the directions and programme their bee-bots accordingly- da iawn Reception!

  • South Africa Skype 🇿🇦

    Yea 5 travelled 9000 virtual miles to speak to a South African teacher this morning. We learnt about what life was like for black people before Nelson Mandela made his impact and how they live now in comparison. The children were shocked to hear some of the conditions they had to endure pre 1994. This […]

  • How was Earth formed?

    This week the Year 2s enjoyed using their research skills to learn about how the Earth began. We talked about where Pontlliw is and the children loved using Google Earth to locate our school. We then zoomed out and looked at Swansea, Wales, the UK and finally zoomed right out to look at the shape […]

  • Writing Welsh Recounts

    The Year 2s enjoyed using J2E to write recounts about our class trip to the museum. They used Welsh past tense sentences to write about where they went, how they got there, who they went with, what they saw, what they ate and what kind of time they had. The children confidently used shared images […]

  • Freeee Nelson Mandela 🇿🇦

    Year 5 have studied the life of Nelson Mandela this week. They researched different facts about him from birth, prison, presidency and death. They worked collaboratively to create in depth Powerpoints explaining his life and submitted them to me on Microsoft Teams.

  • 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!

  • Skills Across the Curriculum

    This week Year 6 have been developing their Numeracy skills as well as their Health and Wellbeing and Welsh skills. Pupils asked questions in Welsh to collect data related to being healthy.

  • 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 […]

  • Space Composition and Exploration.

    As part of our bubble lesson this week, pupils used Google Chrome Music Lab to compose music related to the 4 stages of visiting Space: 1 Preparation for Flight 2 Take-Off 3 Flying in Space 4 Landing For each stage pupils focused on Tempo, Dynamics, Rhythm and Pitch. For our second bubble we looked at […]

  • 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 […]

  • Pupils Involved in Planning

    Pupils have been developing their independence and are taking more and more responsibility for their own learning. At the start of each topic, pupils write a question on a leaf about something they want to find out about related to our topic this term, Space and Flight. The children came up with awesome ideas about […]

  • Dyma Sioni Rhew!

    The Year 2 children decided that they wanted to learn about the changes in Winter, so this week we listened to the Welsh story ‘Sioni Rhew’, which tells us all about the things that Jack Frost does in the Winter. The children then used their writing and ICT skills effectively to create text and pictures […]

  • Christmas Around the World

    As part of their EPIC planning for our ‘Glitter and Glow’ topic, the Year 2s said that they wanted to find out about how Christmas is celebrated in other countries. Mr. Stonham and the Year 5s helped us to create Flipgrid videos in which we asked questions about Christmas, and we had replies from schools […]

  • 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 […]

  • Practising our cursive writing!

    Reception pupils have had lots of fun practising their cursive writing using the ipads. Pupils took ownership of their learning and selected which letters to have a go at based on what they found ‘tricky’. All pupils were engaged and had lots of fun using the ipads as a writing tool- da iawn dosbarth derbyn!

  • 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 […]

  • Reindeer Campaign Posters

    Following on from their work discussing the short film ‘Reindeer Ready’, the boys and girls felt very sorry for the poor reindeer as they don’t get as many treats as Santa on Christmas Eve. They made some super campaign posters on J2E5 to persuade people to leave carrots for the reindeer.

  • Reindeer Ready!

    The Year 2 children haven enjoyed watching and discussing the short film ‘Reindeer Ready’. The children worked on using their prediction and inference skills, before moving on to discussing the 3Cs and 3Ss of film: colour, character, camera, story, setting and sound. The children loved the film and showed excellent understanding during the group discussions.

  • Santa Emails

    Following their Santa candle investigation last week, the Year 2s were very excited to receive a letter from Mrs. Claus. She told us about another problem they have in the workshop. The Year 2s were very excited when they learned how to send and receive emails on Hwb. All the children showed super skills, and […]

  • Learning all about ‘Sprout Boys’ emotions!

    As part of our work on ‘Sprout Boy’, pupils in Reception studied various scenes from the video and plotted what emotions Sprout Boy was feeling throughout the story. All pupils worked very hard and produced lovely pieces of work- da iawn Reception!

  • 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 […]

  • Welsh Script

    We were improving our Welsh scripts in Year 5 this afternoon. We edited our original drafts following our feedback and then wrote the improved version using Microsoft word. We discovered the insert table feature to help us organise our script layout.

  • Persuasive Toy Adverts

    Following on from their work discussing persuasive features in adverts, the Year 2s enjoyed uisng J2E5 on Hwb to create their own persuasive posters advertising a toy from their Christmas lists to Santa. The children showed super skills, and were able to search, add and resize images, add and edit text, and use shapes effectively. […]

  • Bee Bot Directions

    The Year 2 children thoroughly enjoyed using the Bee Bots this week. The children were learning about directional vocabulary, and then used their skills to programme and direct the Bee Bots through mazes that they created. As you can see by the photographs, the children were totally engaged and applied their skills very well.

  • 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

  • That’s a Wrap! 📀🎤🎶

    Year 5 proved to be extremely talented singers yesterday when we recorded our Christmas Album (available at all good Christmas Fayres) We managed to record 10 songs in 90 minutes which is an incredible achievement. Make sure you grab your copy at our Christmas Fayre on Thursday to get you in the festive mood 🎄🎅🏼 ⛄️

  • Christmas Traditions Around the World

    When planning what they wanted to learn about this term, some of the Year 2 children said that they wanted to find out what Christmas is like in other countries. This week the children used their research skills to find out about various Christmas traditions all around the world. The boys and girls used maps […]