About this curriculum

We enable the children to communicate in both oral and written work confidently and clearly. This allows the children to use writing to express themselves coherently, adapting their language and style for the context, purpose and audience at hand.

Children will learn to apply their reading skills in everyday life. By developing a love of reading for pleasure and the ability to access learning in a variety of subjects, we know that our children will be able to communicate effectively in the wider world.

We strive to equip our children with the skills and knowledge they need for their school career and beyond.

Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.

Grammar

At Manadon Vale , we use the ‘No Nonsense Grammar and sentence toolkit’ so that grammar teaching links seamlessly with teaching children how to improve their writing.  This has had a positive impact on the children’s learning by putting the grammar teaching into a context and allowing the children to experiment with it within their own writing.  

Children are taught tools/ symbols that represent specific grammar content. This analogy helps them to understand the terminology as well as when and how to use it effectively.  

Writing

At Manadon Vale, our writing curriculum is designed to enable our children to become imaginative, engaging and precise writers who show control as well as adaptability in style when asked to write for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. At the core of our curriculum is the belief that children should be taught using high quality texts that vary in genre, show cultural diversity and are matched to the needs of individual classes of children.  

By using this structure to shape our writing curriculum, the children are presented with a model which enables them to understand authors’ choices and intentions, demonstrating what an effective piece of writing looks like, as well as providing a solid understanding of grammar; this provides the children with clear end points and outcome pieces to work towards. Through teaching writing skills alongside these high-quality texts, children are shown how the choices that they make as a writer impact on the reader in differing ways.  

This curriculum is taught with a logical progression of texts so that children can build on their prior learning in a systematic way to ensure that intended knowledge and skills are acquired. 

At Manadon Vale , our pupils’ writing journey begins in the early years and sequentially builds knowledge and skills, year-on-year.   

Reading

A reader from Manadon Vale Primary School will be able to:  

  • Read at an age expected standard.  
  • Apply their phonics knowledge when reading as well as other strategies to identify unknown words. For example, reading around the word for meaning, breaking it up into parts etc.  
  • Develop reading for pleasure that lasts a lifetime.  
  • Experience a wide breath of books, including a range of genres and themes.  
  • Understand a variety of text types including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  
  • Have a good understanding for a wide range of vocabulary.  
  • Retrieve information from the text through skimming and scanning.  
  • Read between the lines to make accurate inferences. 

All EYFS and KS1 will use the ELS programme to support their reading at school. Each child is matched with a book according to their ability and one book of the sounds they are learning each week. As the children transition to Year 2 and are confident with their decoding, blending and segmenting, they will move on to Accelerated Reader scheme.

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Accelerated Reader balances students' independent reading practice with nonfiction reading and close-reading skills practice. It is a computer-based program that schools may use to monitor reading practice and progress. It helps teachers guide children to books that are at their individual reading levels. 

Children ready for this scheme will be quizzed at 3 points in the year to answer a series of retrieval, prediction and inference skills. This will then point them to a ZPD ( Zone of Proximal development) so the children know which level reading books to read. They can read as many books as they like during the week and at the end of the book,  will take a short quiz to check if they've understood it.

Goals / targets are set using a child's ZPD level and the time provided for reading practice, this ensures each child's target is personalised and relevant to their individual ability in reading.

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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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Tamar 🔵 and Meavy 🟡 houses are loving their cinema afternoon for winning the House Points competition in the Autumn term! The children used democracy to vote for their choice of reward and for which film they would watch this afternoon. Have a lovely half term everyone. ☺️ Mrs Gilbride
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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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