About this curriculum

We provide a high-quality science education, building the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all children are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, children at Manadon are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all children:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

Manadon uses a curriculum plan developed by Plymouth Science.  This provides clear guidance to all teaching staff on the progression and application of substantive and disciplinary knowledge and skills expected for each topic, in each year group.  Key vocabulary is identified for each science topic and it is expected that these keywords will be explored through teaching and be displayed in classrooms and/or in books.

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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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