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
  • Digital Dragons hard at work!

    Our Digital Dragons recently compiled a questionnaire for all pupils in Years 2 to 6. We were shocked at the results! 20% of pupils watch YouTube for 3 hours or more per night 30% of pupils had spoken to someone online that they didn’t know 50% of pupils play games or have apps that have […]

  • Live Skype Session with Dr. Jane Goodall

    This afternoon, Year 6 joined in live to Dr Jane Goodall who set up the scheme of ‘Roots and Shoot’. Dr Jane visited Africa in her younger days and discovered her love for chimpanzees. She decided from that day that she would do all that she could to help the planet. Her message to us […]

  • Microbit Madness!

    We had a fun filled afternoon in Year 5. We begun by learning how to write our names in lights on the microbits and then progressed to creating a Fitbit programme that counted our steps! We then went in the hall and competed by bouncing around to see who was the fittest group! You can […]

  • Awesome Animation!

    The Year 2 children have been working hard this week. They created excellent animations which showed their understanding ow how things appear smaller in the distance and larger when closer to them.

  • KNex robots and Sphero coding

    Year 4 finished their robots and attached their lights and buzzers. They made some fantastic creations! This afternoon, they have been learning to code and trouble shoot using Sphero robots. They then had a challenge to try to drive it around a road layout map. Da iawn blwyddyn pedwar!

  • Happy Mother’s Day! 💐

    Hopefully the Year 5 children managed to keep your presents hidden until this morning! We had lots of fun recording “Mama” from the Spice Girls and creating CD covers from the photos you sent in. Thanks also to Mr Keegan for lending us his brilliant recording equipment! We hope you like the CD and have […]

  • P.C Parry teaches Year 5 about internet safety 👮🏼‍♀️

    We had a visit from P.C Parry today and she taught us about the importance of staying safe online as well as what we should say and do ourselves. We learnt that we should report any suspicious activity to an adult and also take care what we post, so we don’t create a negative online […]

  • Investigating Eggs

    Phew, what a busy day we’ve had in Year 2! The children were set a challenge…find out how eggs help to protect a chick when it is growing inside. The children worked their way around a number of tasks, showing lots of enthusiasm and excellent skills with recording their observations in different ways. They looked […]

  • Top Secret Creative Work!

    In preparation for Mother’s Day, the Year 2 children have been busy using their computer and creative skills this week. Their creations look fantastic…but their finished work is top secret until Sunday!

  • Catching up with friends 🇯🇵

    Years 4 and 5 were pleased to see Reo and Gen had arrived safely back in Japan after leaving us last week! They Skyped is this morning and we had a tour around their house. We also learnt a little about how time zones work as it was already Tuesday evening there and dark!

  • 1D You’ve Got Competition!

    Today’s Google Doodle was to compose music along side Johann Sebastian Bach, forming chords and harmonising. Pupils love of music has gone from strength to strength as we have been studying a different artist every week since September.

  • Busy Bee Workshop

    To celebrate World Down Syndrome day and World Poetry day, pupils in Year 6 have been writing poems titled, ‘Only One Me, ‘Friendship’, ‘Respect’ and for their dear friend Frazer Appleyard! Ahead of tomorrow’s big clean pupils have also been studying their Eco footprint; developing Geography skills by mapping out where Year 6 have been […]

  • Safety Soldiers At Your Service

    Thank you to our Safety Soldier for educating us this afternoon on appropriate and anti social behaviour. They independently planned and taught a lesson, providing worksheets and an iMovie they’d created.

  • Let’s Be Safe

    Thank you to PC Parry for delivering an educational lesson on being safe on the internet

  • Screen Time Reduction Treat 🏉 ⚽️

    Well, what an afternoon! Those who completed the screen time reduction challenge back in February were treated to an afternoon in Pontlliw Park. There was lots of different activities to enjoy including Frisbee Golf, Football, Parachute games, ,Boccia, Space Hoppers and Rugby as well as time in the park. Each group worked their way around […]

  • Another Fun Morning In Nursery.

    We’ve had another busy morning in nursery. We developed our fine motor skills by screwing nuts and bolts together and by threading pasta onto pipe cleaners. We practised our letter formation by making letters out of playdough and using the iPads and interactive whiteboard. We even had the dressing up box out! What a lot […]

  • Finding the features of a persuasive text

    We looked at the features of a persuasive text yesterday in Year 5, so today we tried identifying them ourselves. Some children chose ‘Explain Everything’ to identify the features and some completed the task in their exercise books. When we completed the task, some of the children presented their work to the class for them […]

  • ChatterKid pics and hockey in year 4

    Year 4 had a very active afternoon – they enjoyed using the ChatterKid pics app to make funny videos of themselves and objects speaking in Welsh. They then practised their hockey skills by dribbling, running and passing the ball. Da iawn blwyddyn pedwar.

  • World Book Day yn Blwyddyn 6.

    Year 6 have had a very busy but wonderful World Book Day: reading books, writing a 500 word story for a competition, playing Kahoot, related to Harry Potter, as our focus author was J.K Rowling. We also completed a fact file on J.K Rowling and wrote about her in welsh developing our third person writing […]

  • World Book Day in Year 2

    Year 2 enjoyed celebrating World Book Day today. Our chosen focus author was Dr. Seuss. We started the day by reading an information book about Dr. Seuss. They children were amazed to discover how many characters he had created, and how many of his stories have been turned into films! Lots of fun activities were […]

  • ESafety Factor 2019 🎤

    A huge congratulations to all those who took part in this year’s ESafety Factor, this afternoon! All the groups performed their own songs and amazed the rest of the school with their brilliant voices and dazzling dance moves! Throughout the whole show the acts brought us important internet safety messages to help us when we are […]

  • Crempogau Gwych yn Blwyddyn 2!

    Today the Year 2 children enjoyed learning about Shrove Tuesday. They rotated around a variety of activities, in which they needed to use their literacy, numeracy, Welsh and computer skills. The children completed data collection based on their favourite pancake toppings, and then used JIT to create charts. They then wrote about what the data […]

  • Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus yn Blwyddyn 2!

    Today the Year 2 children celebrated St. David’s Day in style. The children dressed to impress, and looked fantastic in their Welsh costumes. They enjoyed participating in our school Eisteddfod, during which they sang with hwyl and recited our class poem with gusto! Back in class, we learned about St. David and the different ways […]

  • St David’s Day in Year 5

    We had a lovely time today during our belated St David’s Day in Year 5. Our Eisteddfod performance is available on the school YouTube channel. We also had photos in our red outfits in font of the green screen.

  • We’re Going On A Shape Hunt!

    This week, the Year 2 children have been investigating properties of 3D shapes. They looked at the number of faces, vertices and edges of 3D shapes. They also learned complex new vocabulary, such as hemisphere, square-based pyramid and triangular prism! Today, the children applied their learning by going on a 3D shape hunt… with a […]

  • Fun With Chatter Kid

    Pupils have been exploring our new APP of the week, Chatter Kid. Year 6 have been developing their Literacy (Oracy) and Numeracy skills by recording facts related to the planets in our solar system.

  • Elephant Sanctuary Video 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 […]

  • Feeling the Love in Year 2!

    Today the Year 2 children were feeling the love, as they completed lots of Valentine’s Day themed activities. We started off by listening to and discussing the story of St. Valentine. The children then used their speaking and listening skills well, participating in group discussions about how to be a good or bad friends. They […]

  • Love is in the air ❤️💞

    We had a love filled day in Year 5 today. Children have been analysing and planning love poems through the week, and today it was time to write them up! We had some poems written to girlfriends, some to pets and some to their favourite adult in the school…Aimee 💔 They finished the day with […]

  • Year 3 Celebrate Internet Safety

    This week, the children have taken part in a variety of activities in order to raise their awareness of internet safety. We talked about what we love about the internet and all of the wonderful opportunities it provides us. We also discussed what we can do to keep ourselves safe when using it. After our […]

  • Total Eclipse of the Heart

    To celebrate Welsh Music Day, Year 5 listened to two versions of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, the original and a techno version! After appraising the songs, we drew upon Mr Keegan’s musical expertise to help the children create their own Welsh techno music using google chrome lab, with some amazing results. Da […]

  • Welsh weather

    The children enjoyed using the green screen this week to give a weather forecast in Welsh.

  • One Night to Go!

    Congratulations to all the children who have made it this far on the Screen Time Reduction Challenge. We just have one evening to go before they can access their screens again tomorrow morning. Please bring any completed sign off sheets to class teachers on Monday. The treat activity day for those who have completed the […]

  • Working Together.

    During this week the children in Reception have created some digital posters. We have talked about being safe on-line and how it is important to keep our information private. We also talked about using pictures and that it is important to get permission to use images. The children then collaborated on some posters choosing pictures […]

  • Exploring Explanation Texts!

    This term the Year 2 children will be learning about explanation texts. This week they worked in groups to make predictions about the text features that they might find inside an explanation book. The children worked brilliantly together. The group managers made sure that everybody took turns and had a chance to share their ideas, […]

  • Where on Earth Did the Dinosaurs Live?

    The Year 2 children decided that they would like to learn about how the world has changed since the dinosaurs were alive. This week they found out about the super continent Pangea, and were amazed to find out that the continents used to be joined together. We watched some interesting videos and read a fascinating […]

  • Safer Internet Day in Year 2

    On Tuesday, the Year 2 children spent the day working their way through a variety of challenges as part of Safer Internet Day 2019. The children started by listening to and discussing a story, which made them think about how we should be respectful to others when online. They then worked on an activity which […]

  • USA Skype Space Center

    Year 6 were very fortunate to be part of a Skype call with the Sea, Air and Space Centre Museum in New York. Frank took us on a virtual tour and taught us about the famous Space Race. He showed us what happens to objects in space effected by the lack of atmosphere. The children […]

  • Year 3 Coding Skills

    Today, the Year 3’s were visited by Mr. Tavender, a computer science teacher from Pontarddulais Comprehensive school. He came in to work with the children to enhance their understanding of programming and coding. The children were introduced to ‘Scratch’ which is a programming language where children can programme and share interactive media such as stories, […]

  • What better way to learn about France than to speak with other children from France?! Today, we enjoyed a skype session with a class of children from France. We had the opportunity to ask each other questions and learn more about the different cultures in our countries.

  • Ordinal numbers

    We have been learning about ordinal numbers in our maths. The children were especially shocked to learn that a delicacy in France is frogs legs, so we had a frog race, recording which frogs managed to escape and come 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. We also read the book ’10 little rubber ducks’ by Eric Carle […]

  • Weather forecasts

    We are learning about the weather and we are becoming more familiar with the vocabulary associated with the weather. We presented some weather forecasts for France this week…

  • Why Do Penguins Huddle?

    As part of our topic, Year 6 have been learning about insulators and conductors. They have also been researching penguins and how they survive the minus temperatures. Today pupils investigated the temperature of a ‘penguin’ in a huddle, on the outer of the huddle and on its own. Pupils developed their LNF skills related to […]

  • Super shapes

    We have been learning about shape this week. We have played games, made shapes and hidden shapes. We even went on a shape hunt outdoors where we had to solve riddles about different shapes and then check our answers using QR codes on the Ipad.

  • Posting postcard

    Year 1 have had a busy week creating postcards. They all wrote about a place that they have visited and then created a picture using HWB. They then used their maths skills to buy a stamp from the shop and posted their postcards. Hopefully you should receive some very special post soon…

  • Pupils Voice Meeting

    Today Mrs Norman met with our pupil voice groups to discuss progress with the representative chair person. All pupils were confident and enthusiastic to discuss progress made and further action for the next couple of weeks.

  • Orienteering Experts

    Year 6 have been developing their orienteering skills in PE by not only reading maps but creating their own maps on HWB. They then had to mark on the map where they would go and hide and their partners had to find them.

  • Sioni Rhew

    This week the Year 2 children enjoyed listening to a Welsh story about Sioni Rhew (Jack Frost). They then wrote in Welsh about the things Sioni Rhew likes to do in the Winter. The children made fantastic symmetrical snowflakes online and using their cutting skills, and then used a variety of materials and techniques to […]

  • A Workshop Full Of Elves

    Pontlliw Primary pupils have give the busy elves a run for their money today as they have been beavering away crafting an producing animations using the app ‘I Can Animate’.

  • Christmas Story Workshop

    Blwyddyn 6 have been busy drafting and editing their Christmas stories in order to share their work with Blwyddyn 1. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Keep posted for our next stage in the process… making and producing animations using clay and IPads.