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
  • Lights, Camera, Action 🎬🎥🎞

    If you have been tuned in to ITV this weekend, then you are likely to have seen the BT advert featuring Pontlliw Primary School collaborating with a school in London to code a robotic arm. We are extremely proud to have been a part of this fascinating project. The children could be seen before iconic […]

  • 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 […]

  • Phonics

    We have been busy practising our phonics. We have had fun playing different games and using the computers to help us learn too.

  • Scary spuds

    As we have been reading Supertato this week, we have been using the computers to create our own scary spuds.

  • 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 […]

  • Language learning

    We have been practising lots of different language skills this week. We used our superhero pens to write our ‘secret’ spelling words. We also creatively used wool to spell. We have been practising our phonics and spelling by using the magnetic letters and we completed activities on the computers too.

  • Spelling Fun in Year 5

    Year 5 had a different kind of spelling lesson today. We used the coding element of Minecraft to input our new spelling words and move the ‘agent’ around our worlds using the spelling words as the commands. The children loved this different approach and this helped them in the learning of their new words.

  • Super Spheros

    Year 1 have had the opportunity to use Spheros today. They loved using the Ipads to programme and drive them, supported by some of the Digital Dragons and junior children.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Building with Bing Bunny…

    We have been practising the ‘drag and drop’ skill in our ICT work this week. Here we are using the computers to create and build our own designs…

  • Pa liw?

    We have been practising our Welsh colours and have enjoyed playing some games.

  • Brilliant bonds

    We have been practising our number bonds in Year 1 this week and we have taken part in a variety of different activities. Our Superheroes needed rescuing and we had to match the correct key to the padlock to unlock them. Each key had a number on it and the corresponding number bond was on […]

  • Criw Cymraeg Develop Confidence

    In our pupil voice meeting this week our Criw played Kahoot to develop their Welsh knowledge and Welsh vocabulary.

  • 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 […]

  • Problem? We can solve it!

    Year 6 are defectives at solving problems and absolutely smashed this problem in record time. Each child used a stretegy that worked for them and experimented in a variety of ways to record their answers: practical, act it out, draw it, creare a stop motion animation and uploaded their evidence to their Hwb accounts! Pure […]

  • 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!

  • Missions are go!

    Year 4 have spent the afternoon working on their missions, chosen by pupils in the class. They have been writing poems, creating digital surveys, writing newspaper articles and created Wild West maths games.

  • Digital Superhero design

    We have been busy using the computers and Ipads to create our own superhero characters…

  • 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 […]

  • Cool counting in Year 1

    We have been practising our number skills in maths this week. We have been counting lots of different superheroes and we even counted cheerios in order to find out how tall some of our superheroes are. We have also been reading and recognising different numbers and ordering numbers too.

  • 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 […]

  • Our First Week in Year 2!

    The Year 2s have had a fantastic first week. The children have enjoyed exploring their new classroom and have completed lots of activities, including handwriting, discussing their rights, creating our class rules, finding out information about their friends, making bar charts on Hwb showing the information gathered, and discussing what they would like to do […]

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau to our stars this week.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Branching Databases

    Year 2 showed excellent ICT skills this week when creating their own branching databases about different forms of transport.

  • Cool Coding in Year 2

    The Year 2 children enjoyed working on their coding skills this week. They were set a challenge after reading the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, where they had to help Mr. Grinling to park his car in various spaces. They used their knowledge of coding commands to move the car on screen, and enjoyed working […]

  • Digital Dragons Present to the School!

    Our Digital Dragons presented 5 different apps/online areas that could cause problems to children outside of school. Whilst the children shouldn’t be accessing most of the things we talked about while they are in Primary School due to age restrictions, we understand that some do. Therefore we created Presentations to help children know the do’s […]

  • Entrepreneur Presentation

    This morning the Sassy Sisters presented to the Entrepenure judges at Trallwn Primary. They were amazing, confident and sassy! They discussed their buisness venture and how much profit they had made selling their handmade items.

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • Lighthouse Research

    Following on from their work on the story The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch,the Year 2 children worked hard researching lighthouses. They read lots of non-fiction books on Get Epic, completed anticipation grids before finding out different facts, and used their maths skills to calculate and order the heights of various lighthouses from around the world.

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Online Wellbeing

    Please see below some information and website link from “Childnet” regarding children’s health and well-being whilst online. There are some handy tips and advice found on their website…   Young people are growing up in a world where technology has always been present for them and this can have both a positive and negative impact […]

  • Minecraft Competition

    Over 30 pupils have entered a minecraft competition run by ERW over the next month. They have been challenged with creating a futuristic school, 100 years from now. It has been amazing to see the initial engagement and I’m looking forward to seeing their creations develop.

  • Algorithms 🧐🤨

    We had an ICT lesson on paper this afternoon. We learnt that an “Algorithm” is simply a set of instructions, they can be found in cook books, Lego kits and many other walks of life. The children worked together to build number sequences, then attribute algorithms to them. Can you work out the missing number […]

  • Research Skills in Year 2

    The Year 2 children have been using their research skills in preparation for this week’s work, when we will be writing information texts using the facts that they found out about their choice of endangered animal from our class story ‘Oi! Get Off Our Train!’.

  • 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 […]

  • Netflix Parental Controls

    Please click the link below if you would like to find out how to install parental controls on Netflix. Information is provided by “Childnet.com” https://www.childnet.com/blog/setting-up-parental-controls-on-netflix-    

  • Oil spillage in Year 1…

    We have been learning about water pollution and how we can help the planet. We read two books ‘I can save the Ocean’ and Oil Spill’. We were shocked at how difficult it is to clean up oil, so we put it to the test by having our own ‘oil spillage’ in class. We investigated […]

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars this week!