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
  • Hwb Keeping safe online – Summer challenge

    Hwb competition details and entry form: We’ve all been spending more time online during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, whether to stay in touch with friends and family, keep up with school work or for entertainment. Keeping yourself safe online has never been more important. Many of you will have been taking steps to protect yourselves […]

  • Blended Learning – Staff Training

    Today, staff have received training on how to perform Live Lessons via Microsoft Teams. We are very excited about this new way of learning and potentially rolling this out as a school in September for some lessons, should the need still be present.

  • Minecraft Pontlliw Primary School

    Dear Parents, We know how much the children are missing school from various feedback we have received, so we thought outside the box… If the children cannot go to the school, we will bring the school to the children! We have created a replica of Pontlliw Primary School in Minecraft for the pupils to explore. […]

  • Houseparty – How to stay safe

    Dear Parents, During this unprecedented time, we know that lots of adults and children have turned to the ‘Houseparty’ app to stay in touch with friends. We have been sent an infographic by Swansea Bay Healthy Schools, outlining how everyone can stay safe while using this app. Please find this information below – please note, […]

  • Marvellous Magnets!

    The Year 2 children had great fun learning about magnets this week. They worked well making predictions before testing various items, and recorded their results carefully in a table. The children also learned how the opposite poles attract. Some children even went on to learn more about magnets by reading information books on Get Epic!

  • Building Digital Robots

    Year 4 got creative this afternoon when they had a go at building some digital robots using Minecraft. Their brief was simply to use ROBOTS as a starting point, and see where they went. They worked brilliantly with their partners, and we had flying robots and famous robots. Da iawn!

  • Savanna Artwork ☀️ 🦁 🐘

    Year 5 have been immersed in expressive arts in latter half of this week. We studied images of the African Savanna during sunset and then recreated this setting with pastels and black card. This afternoon we recreated the scene using Microsoft excel by using pixel art. We had a discussion about which technique the children preferred […]

  • Mirror image…

    Year 4 have been learning about symmetry this week. As part of their work, they focussed on mirroring each other to create symmetrical positions. They also used Chrome Music Lab to cheat symmetrical musical patterns!

  • Looking For 2D Shapes

    The nursery children went on a special shape hunt today. They took i Pads with them to take photos of any 2D shapes they found. They were then able to show their friends back in class what they had found. Gwaith da pwb!

  • Top Secret Mission!

    We have been working on a top secret mission in Year 2 this week. The boys and girls enjoyed using 2Simple 2Paint a Picture software to create beautiful artwork in preparation for a very special day that is coming soon. I wonder if you can work out what they have been doing!

  • Chick Diaries

    The Year 2s have been working hard writing chick diaries throughout the week. The boys and girls enjoyed recording their observations about how our chicks have hatched, grown and changed throughout the last two weeks. Super recount writing skills were shown by all the children!

  • Skype a Scientist – Climate Change 🌎

    Year 5 were joined by some of our Eco committee this afternoon to take part in our Skype Call with scientist Dakota Holmes from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is a Paleoclimatologist and he helped us understand the fact of climate change on our planet. We learnt the earth is getting hotter and […]

  • Coding In Nursery

    One of the school’s digital leaders came over to the nursery class today to help the children with an ICT activity. They helped the children to programme the ‘Bee-bots’. The children then built tunnels out of Lego and had to programme the Bee-bots to go through the tunnels. Fantastic fun! Thank you digital leader!

  • Researching the 6 Nations Flags

    This week the Year 2s researched the flags of the countries involved in the 6 Nations rugby competition. They used Image Quest on Britannica online, to find out what each flag looks like. We also focused on the Welsh flag, and used 2D shapes to create our own versions of Y Ddraig Goch.

  • World Book Day in Year 2

    Year 2 had a great time celebrating World Book Day, and all looked fantastic in their costumes and pyjamas! Our focus author was Dr. Seuss. We enjoyed reading some of his stories and used Get Epic to research his life online. The children used their problem solving skills effectively to complete a task based on […]

  • WBD Y6 2020

    Year 6 enjoyed learning about our famous author, J.K Rowling. They enjoyed creating a character profile of a story book characyer then completing a profile on J.K Rowling. They enjoyed watching Harry Potter and analysing the special fx.

  • Learning all about the short film Heartstrings!

    This week Reception pupils have had a lot of fun studying the short film Heartstrings which was created by a Welsh artist. Pupils first began by watching the short film and spoke about the different emotions apparent within the film. We then looked at the film more closely and discussed why there was no speech […]

  • A Monster in the Lake

    Following on from our work on the Welsh myth Yr Afanc, this week we watched a fantastic film called A Monster in the Lake. The film is based on the Afanc myth, with a modern day twist. In the film, a young girl named Anwen discovers the reason behind the Afanc’s anger is the amount […]

  • Have you Packed for Wales?

    This week we have been studying Welsh film. Or focus film was called, Have you Packed for Wales? 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Year 6 studied the film and threw a dice to discuss aspects of film: Story, setting, sound, colour, camera and character. Pupils then generated 10 questions about the film ensuring each sentence began with a different […]

  • 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 […]