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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We had great fun in 3BM today making paper mache ‘hats’ which will be the base of our Seawigs!
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3H had lots of messy fun this afternoon in Art, using paper mache to create the base for their 'seawig' inspired hat linked to our English text Oliver and the Seawigs. They are looking forward to decorating these next week.
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English Reading Incentive Update- Summer term 2024. 📚 📖 🤓 Dear parents/carers, Just a quick message to inform you of a slight change regarding the whole school reading incentive. Previously, children won a raffle ticket when they passed a quiz in the top half of their ZPD score. After receiving feedback from staff and children and to make it fairer for children who read longer and higher-level books, children now receive a raffle ticket for every 3 points they receive as long as they have passed the quiz (you will find the number of points on the label on the inside of the book cover). For example, a longer book may take a child 2-3 weeks to complete but they may receive 18 points which would give them 6 tickets. Whereas reading 3 shorter books a week may give you 6 points in total, resulting in 2 tickets. For EYFS and children who are not on the Accelerated Reader programme, class teachers will now be giving each child a raffle ticket if they read 3 times a week at home. Thank you again to the Manadon Vale PTFA who are funding this incentive until the end of this year. Thank you, Miss Harris. Year 6 teacher and English lead.
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Just before the Easter break, Miss Harris carried out the raffle assembly for the whole school reading incentive. The children in this photo won a variety of prizes including lunch with the headteacher with a friend, skip the dinner queue for a week, extra play, chocolate and three children won a trip to Waterstones with Miss Harris to select their own book and enjoy a hot chocolate- funded by the Manadon Vale PTFA! A letter went home for these three winners today. 📚💙😁 Keep up the reading MVPS! This incentive was such a success that it is running again this summer term.
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This year’s event is finally upon us! The children are really looking forward to their run. We will be meeting outside the Hoe Bowling Club (Armada Way, just up past the Crowne Plaza). The children will need to be dropped off here at 10:45 am. Here the children will be registered by staff and pose for pre-race pictures. All the children and staff will leave the meeting point at 11:00 am and walk to the Schools’ Challenge Holding Area. We cannot wait at the meeting point for anyone who is late. There are over 3,000 children taking part this year and all schools must be signed in and at their designated position by 11:30 am. The organisers are very clear in that late arrivals will be denied entrance. Please consider the inevitable traffic delays, road closures and parking difficulties when deciding on a leaving time to arrive at the meeting point. Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing and footwear according to the weather. The Schools’ Challenge T-shirt must be worn, and their race number must be displayed clearly on the front. Please ensure that on the reverse of the number, all the necessary information has been completed before arriving at the meeting point. If your child is asthmatic and requires using an inhaler, he or she must have it on them. If not, they will not be able to take part as of the rules and regulations set by the race organisers. The Schools’ Challenge race will start at approximately 12:00 pm. Please Note - Only children and registered staff are allowed inside of the School’s Challenge Area. Spectators are welcome to cheer on the children from designated viewing points on the Hoe. After the event, all children and staff will return to the original meeting point for collection at approximately 12:30 pm.
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Attendance Winners!!!! 2C loved their reward this afternoon for having the highest average attendance last term. 🍿 🎥 🐻
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Reminder - our next workshop is on Thursday, please email if you would like to attend.
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In computing this week, 3H used an online database tool to create a branching database linked to minibeasts. They worked with collaboration and resilience and should be proud of their results. Well done 3H!
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We had the fantastic author, Talula Grey, visit Manadon today. She spent some time with all of Foundation and Key Stage One, sharing her joy and excitement of reading and storytelling. There was also the opportunity for her to work with our military children families in Key Stage 2, discussing some of the unique challenges they face and how reading can provide comfort and understanding.
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If your child has an allergy or dietary requirement, please complete the form sent via Arbor ASAP. Many Thanks
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2B had lots of fun measuring how far we can jump in metres and centimetres🏃🏃‍♀️
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Welcome to all of our new families for September 2024! 💙❤️
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Year 6 reminder. Year 6 ‘Leavers’ hoodies’ are only to be worn to and from school and break and lunch times. They are not to be worn inside the classroom. If your child needs any uniform, please contact the parent support advisor who may be able to find you some.
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Year 3 PE days this term: Monday - Indoor PE Wednesday - Outdoor PE
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