About this curriculum

Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.

The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Aims

The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught to:

  • design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
  • use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
  • use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
  • understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
  • use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

E-Safety

At Manadon Vale, our pupils are taught about e-safety through various different methods. We use school assemblies, both whole school and Key Stage, alongside dedicated computing and PSHE sessions.

We currently use two main resources for teaching this important skill.

In Key Stage 1, we have just started to use the brand new resource from ThinkUKnow called Jessie & Friends.

In Key Stage 2, we have been using the fanstic resource called BeInternetLegends. This is produced by Google and Parent Zone, and the resources are also have accreditation from the PSHE Association.

Code Club

We have a very popular computing club at Manadon Vale, called the Code Club. The resources and support materials help to teach the children in the club a variety of skills when coding using Scratch.

It has run for several years and the children who attend develop not just their skills of coding, but also become much more resilient and adaptable learners, taking on challenges and investigating problems that they might not feel so confident in doing in other subjects.

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In Foundation Stage we have been finding out about Lunar New Year. One of the traditions we have been learning about is the wishing tree. Chinese wishing trees, money trees, and hong bao trees are a big part of festivities. Every year, billions of people around the world gather to toss their red ribbons up into the wishing tree with hope that it will stick and their wish will come true for good fortune in the coming year. We wrote our own wishes to add to our tree!
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4S have been working hard and sculpting their final art pieces! The children have explored, planned and created clay busts in the style of our Spring term artist Henry Moore 🏺🖌️
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MVPS Whole School Writing Competition. ✍️📝🏆💙 We have 7 x £5 book vouchers up for grabs that can be used at our book fair (week beginning 11th March 2024) to purchase a book! There will be one winner from each year group. How to enter: -Write a story with a beginning, middle and end. Your story can be about whatever you want! We want to see you using your imagination and dreaming up your own world. -EYFS and children who may find writing challenging- Can you draw a story including a beginning, middle and end? Challenge: Try and use the skills that you have been taught in class throughout your writing. Staff from the school will then vote on the 7 winners! The winning stories will also be on display during the book fairs and published on our school Facebook page. Please send all entries to your class teacher by Wednesday 28th February. The winners will be announced on Friday 8th March. Terms and conditions of the voucher: 1. Valid for one transaction from your Scholastic Book Fair only. 2. Defaced or photocopied vouchers not accepted. 3. No change given for items less than full value. Wishing all of our families and friends a wonderful half term break. Thank you for your continued support, Happy writing, Miss Harris.
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2C are authors 📚📝 We have loved our creative writing unit this half term. Daisy Doodles has been our focused book. The children have produced their own version as an independent write with the challenge of including alliteration, expanded noun phrases and similes.
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Great shooting at Thornbury from team Manadon. Well done.
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World Book Day continued…. 📚 Children are able to wear their pyjamas if they want as there are lots of book characters that wear pyjamas. They could also come as a ‘child’ from a story and wear normal mufti. 🙃💙
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Please follow the link to see how to create a low-cost costume related to the 2024 £1 books. 💙
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World Book Day 2024 is taking place on Thursday 7th March 2024, and all children and staff at MVPS are invited to dress up as their favourite book characters. Today, all children will be leaving school with their £1 tokens. The £1 tokens and £1 books give all children the chance to choose and own a book – for free. The World Book Day books are a gift to children from booksellers and publishers. Use your World Book Day £1 book token to get one of these brilliant reads for free between 15th February and 31st March 2024 or you can use it to get £1 off any book £2.99+ at the school bookfair in the week beginning Monday 11th March- further details to follow. Children can use their £1 token at a range of shops including Asda, Blackwell’s, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waterstones, WHSmith, The Works and hundreds of independent booksellers. Find your nearest bookseller at worldbookday.com/participating-retailers World Book Day and Oxford Children’s have worked with the 2024 £1publishers on dressing up templates and ideas to create low-cost costumes related to the 2024 £1 books. Ideas of how to create a low-cost costume related to the 2024 £1 books will be uploaded in the next post. These ideas will also be emailed out to all parents/carers today.
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Maths games!!!! 2C have been adding and subtracting from 20, practising our times tables and showing understanding of greater than and less than
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Year 2 only!!! ⚽️⚽️⚽️ Due to the very wet field, our Friday football won’t be going ahead tomorrow. Please look in book bags for a letter explaining our plan to continue lunchtime football next term. It’s open to all boys in Year 2. There will be opportunities for girls to play after Easter. Don’t worry, they won’t miss out. Mr Cuzner
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Year 2 have loved having district sport this term⚽️🏀🥎
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✏️🐱 Animal Poetry! 🦜✏️ Year 1 have been reading poems by Joshua Seigal this week! We enjoyed the poem 'Never' so much that we decided to write our own in the same style. The children did a wonderful job at choosing which animals to write about and came up with some rather hilarious ideas on things to 'never' do to animals for their final write! We're SO proud of them! 🧡 Here's a little taster to make you smile;
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Our wonderful ‘Young Voices’ singers made it into The Plymouth Chronicle - page 10. Lovely and proud memories of a very special trip a fortnight ago! 🎵
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Year 2 had a great time running the gauntlet in PE this morning. They have worked hard on their throwing, catching and rolling skills this term.
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Free craft workshops 🎨 This sounds wonderful ✨
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**Update on the Accelerated Reader reward system** From tomorrow, all children who receive 80% or above on a quiz (in the top half of their ZPD) will receive a raffle ticket 🎟️ 🥳💙🤓 EYFS and year 2 not on Accelerated Reader will remain the same 😊 3 names will be chosen each week by their class teacher. 👩🏼‍🏫 👨‍🏫 Thank you, Miss Harris.
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Year 6 were invited by Devonport High School for Girls to go and watch their production ‘The Addams Family’. We had a truly fantastic morning watching the performance. The show was incredible and really inspiring for our year 6s thinking about their transition to secondary. 🎭 🎶
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