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
  • 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 […]

  • Children in Need Year 5

    We had a lovely Children in Need day today in Year 5. We dressed in our yellow clothes, bought toast, decorated cakes, watched the duck race and some of us got to create Pudsey Bear Pixel Art Pictures on Microsoft Excel! Thanks to all the parents for your kind contributions.

  • Beating Bullies

    This week was anti-bullying week. Year 2 enjoyed discussing what bullying is, and read a story which helped them identify lots of ways to stop bullying. The children also enjoyed watching the Pixar short film ‘For the Birds’, which helped the children to see that it’s ok to be different and how to stand up […]

  • Remembrance Day

    Year 1 have been learning about real-life superheroes linked to Remembrance Day this week. They created their own green screen videos explaining what they know about Remembrance day and suggesting something that they are thankful for. They also created their own poppy crafts and biscuits too.

  • Free Minecraft and Microsoft Office!

    Microsoft Office is FREE to learners and teachers in maintained schools in Wales. Save up to £69 with your child’s Hwb account! How do you get your free version of Office at home? Follow the link below:  https://hwb.gov.wales/microsoft

  • Minecraft Ampitheatre

    While the girls where away at football today, the boys collaborated to build a Roman amphitheatre in preparation for our visit to Caerleon. They had to communicate and work together in order to complete the project. They did well to complete the structure with great team work.

  • Crime scene

    We are very lucky that we have been learning about the police in class because we had our very own crime scene to investigate this week. Our prize box has gone missing, so the children (armed with their notebooks to record) took on the challenge of finding out what has happened to it. They wrote […]

  • Fantastic Fireworks!

    The Year 2s have had a very busy week! They have completed lots of exciting activities as part of the ‘Glitter and Glow’ topic. The children have been focusing on learning about fireworks celebrations. They have completed lots of tasks, including: * learning about the firework safety code and creating their own safety posters * […]

  • Esafety Assemblies

    All classes from Reception to Year 6 received an esafety lesson from the Prevention Officer from the Childen’s Society. They were taught how to stay safe online and how to act towards others when interacting online.

  • Connecting with the World! 🌎

    As we entered day two of Microsoft’s Global Connect initiative, Year 5 listened to students from Ecuador, Tunisia, USA, Pakistan and India today. They had posted videos on Flipgrid and we watched what they had to say about their countries. We then posted facts about Wales so other pupils from across the world can watch […]

  • Connecting with Argentina! 🇦🇷

    Year 5 took part in the Microsoft Global Connection Challenge today and travelled over 7000 virtual miles! We played mystery Skype with a teacher from Argentina. We did not give away the location and the children had to ask Yes/No questions to narrow the destination down! Once we correctly guessed, we asked lots of questions […]

  • Pontlliw Leading the Way

    This week Pontlliw welcomed teachers from all over South and West Wales to join us for our ‘Minecraft Education Edition’ roll out. We have been chosen as one of five schools across Wales to roll this educational tool out to schools around our region. After a two day training course in Cardiff earlier in the […]

  • Sharing Scary Stories! 🎃👻

    Year Five have written some spine tingling halloween stories this week, concentrating on using Figurative Language in their work. We were so proud of them, we shared some of them with a Year 5 class in Carmarthen via Skype. They had been creating scary stories too, so we listened to theirs during the call! We […]

  • Saving Ioan the Sheep

    We have had a traumatic week in Year 1. The Evil Pea from Supertato decided to kidnap our class sheep, Ioan. In order to get him back, the children had to use all the persuasive skills that they have learnt as part of our language this term to try and persuade the Evil Pea to […]

  • 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 […]