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
  • 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.

  • 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 […]