Welcome to West Denton Primary School (WDPS)
Updated: Monday11th December 2017 (Mick MingStones, Head Teacher)
Dear Parents, Carers, Governors and Friends of WDPS, I hope you have all enjoyed a peaceful weekend with your families and friends.
I hope to see many of you this week at the Christmas shows. As usual, I will give a brief overview of the higlights of 2017 before the children perform. It is important that we all recognise and celebrate the many positive experiences that our children have enjoyed in 2017 including our strong academic results. For me as Head Teacher of WDPS, it is gratifying to see that each year we continue to evolve and give all our children 'A Stepping Stone into the Future'.
As you know we are working hard to promote a love of reading with all of our children. Sharing a book, newspaper, magazine or comic each day with your children will help them to become fluent readers. A fluent reader can research and understand information quickly and then apply this information and knowledge more easily across the curriculum. World research shows that people who have strong reading skills have the opportunity to gain high quality jobs.
Enjoy reading some of our children’s book reviews by clicking on the ‘Read For The Stars’ icon to the right of this update.
Key events week commencing Monday 11th December 2017
Today is the first of the Christmas Performances, this year there is not charge for the tickets, however there will be an 'honesty box' and any donations will be gratefully received. Years 3 and 4 will be performing 'Stable Manners' at 2.15pm.
At 2.15pm today the year 1 and 2 children will be performing 'A Wriggly Nativity'.
The Nursery and Reception children will be performing their Nativity Play,
'It's a Baby' at 9.30am and 2.30pm.
The last of our Christmas plays, the Year 5 and 6 children will be starring in 'The Grumpy Innkeeper' at 2.15pm
Milkshakes will be on sale at Break time again, 50p for a Milkshake and Biscuit.
PLEASE READ ABOVE THE COPY OF THE THANK YOU LETTER FOR THE MONEY WE RECEIVED ON OUR CHARITY BRADLEY LOWERY DAY.
Watch stimulating learning in the WDPS family
Head Teacher's Welcome Message
Welcome to West Denton Primary School (WDPS). During your child’s time here, we hope you will come to regard the school as your school and that your family’s involvement with the school will always be positive.
We very much value your part in the education of your own child and recognise the work you have already done in teaching your child as their first educators. We want to continue to strengthen this partnership between home and school.
All children need to be highly literate in order to realise their potential in life. As a school we encourage all students to develop higher-level reading and writing skills so that they are able to learn quickly, communicate effectively and also celebrate a true passion for the written word.
WDPS students are well aware of the importance of gaining strong numeracy skills for succeeding in education and in the world of work.
Our children are motivated to learn other modern foreign languages. All Key Stage 2 children learn Spanish and our Y5 and Y6 students receive a weekly Mandarin lesson from a native speaker.
We believe we give our children a strong start in life as we are an innovative community who have developed a range of programmes that are unique for a school.
We deliver the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) from Year 1 to Year 6 as we want our children to benefit from a combination of academic, personal and international learning. At WDPS we have created the WDPS Raising Aspirations Programme (RAP) as we believe that all children need to have positive adult role models in order to help them to achieve their full potential. This is why we invite inspirational speakers in to school to help our older children understand that hard work, perseverance and following your dreams can open up maximum choices in all aspects of life.
Life Skills Challenge (LSC)
We are very proud to have created the WDPS Life Skills Challenge programme as we believe that children need to gain the skills, attitudes and knowledge to achieve all that they can in life.
WDPS I Can Do It
WDPS First Aid
WDPS Olympics Challenge
WDPS Business Enterprise
Watch the inspiring video WDPS Cycle Tour 2015
We have invested heavily in cycling and have created the WDPS Running and Mountain Bike Trail so that all children can develop fitness and essential bike-handling skills all year round. We also undertake off-site rides building up to our Y5 and Y6 children completing multi-day cycle tours in the summer term.
At WDPS we strive to give our children the opportunity to develop useful life skills that will help them to set and achieve aspirational goals.
We have created a bespoke Bushcraft Area so that all of our children can experience nature and learning outdoors in a very special environment. The Bushcraft Area includes a tree house, a fire pit and zones created for specific skills acquisition. It is enclosed on all sides by a tall, wooden fence and it is accessed via a willow tunnel which leads to the imposing entrance doors.
In the Bushcraft Area children develop their Multiple Intelligences and self-confidence whilst learning to manage risks. When you visit our Bushcraft Area, you will hear laughter as adults and children alike develop a wide range of practical skills and acquire a broader knowledge base.
WDPS Bushcraft includes the following elements:
- Tool use, Safety and Maintenance (Vegetable peeler, billhook, loppers, bowsaw and sheath knife)
- Shelters (Tents, tarps and natural resources)
- Knots and Lashings
- Fires and Cooking (Construct different types of fire and prepare and make meals)
- Flora and Fauna
- Creative Thinking and Art (Planned into the International Primary Curriculum)
- Team Building and Group Work
The WDPS Resilience module has been created based on Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) research and embeds the WDPS Core Values as we seek to help our children develop confidence and effective communication and people skills.
Communication 1: Perception is Projection
- To recognise words which are negative and words which are positive.
- Link words to emotions.
- Everyone in school will recognise when communicating in the negative and be able to rephrase it as a positive.
- To understand body language.
Emotional Intelligence (EI), Multiple Intelligences (MI) and Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic (VAK) styles of learning
- To understand how I prefer to learn.
- To celebrate Intelligences (talents).
- To understand my own emotions and those of others .
Drama Triangle - Cause and effect
- To reflect on my behaviour and that of others.
Conflict resolution, the volcano and perceptual positions
- To see others’ view points.
- To understand what causes conflict.
- To develop strategies to resolve conflict.
Turning negatives into positives/reframing, Relax and meditate 1
- To recognise negativity.
- To develop a positive attitude.
- To adopt a healthy lifestyle through reflection.
Multiple Intelligence (MI) week
- To build and work effectively in a team.
- To achieve a shared goal.
Goal setting and motivation
- To set goals and achieve them.
Feedback as a gift
- To show value and respect for others through feedback.
Time management and organisational strategies
- Use tools and strategies to manage your life more effectively.
Communication 2: Listening with our whole bodies
- To be an active and effective listener.
Relax and meditate 2
- To be kind to yourself.
Make a positive contribution
- To think about other people’s needs.
- To improve other people’s lives.
I have been fortunate in my life, as I have benefitted from strong family support and I have also had the privilege to work in stimulating educational settings in the UK and around the world. In essence what we are creating at WDPS is the best of all that I believe is fundamental to giving our children ‘A Stepping Stone into the Future.’ Please look at the WDPS Prospectus as this gives a clear overview of our school.[link to prospectus]
We pride ourselves on being responsive to the community we serve, and the school staff strive to make WDPS a happy and successful learning environment for all children who attend the school.
We look forward to our getting to know you and your child better.
Outer West Learning Trust (OWLT)
WDPS works with other local schools for mutual benefit. The Head Teachers, staff and Governors meet together regularly to share ideas and this has helped our schools to improve learning by sharing good practice e.g. staff training for the successful Read Write Inc. initiative and many joint curriculum projects.
Now our schools propose to strengthen our working relationships by becoming Foundation schools (still Newcastle Local Authority maintained schools) and gain charitable status as the Outer West Learning Trust.
Visit the Outer West Learning Trust (OWLT) website for more information, click on the picture below.
At West Denton we believe that all children should be valued and that their achievements should be celebrated. Each Friday certificates will be awarded in each class as follows:
- Reader of the Week
- Writer of the Week
- Mathematician of the Week
- Learner of the Week
- Positive Attitude of the Week
Children will be praised by our school community at our weekly Achievers Assembly and then the children will take the certificates home for families to appreciate their success.
We believe that a ‘Work Hard and Achieve’ culture should be promoted and celebrated.
The children, staff and Governors of West Denton Primary School have discussed the Attitudes and Learner Profile we want to promote in both children and adults throughout our school community.
Promoting Democratic British Values
At WDPS we promote a respect for people of different faiths and cultural heritages. By living out our 'Core Values', children learn the importance of ‘Empathy’, ‘Respect’ and ‘Commitment’ all of which help develop a positive mindset.
We are delighted to have embedded the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) in WDPS. The goal of the IPC is for children to focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning. We want our children to enjoy their learning; develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens and develop all the skills they will need in order to succeed in life.
Through a democratic process, children are elected to serve as School Councillors. In this way they become involved in the decision-making process and they ensure that the student voice is listened to and acted on in school.
WDPS Ofsted Inspection – December 2013
2013 ended with a team of Ofsted Inspectors visiting the WDPS community on the 4th and 5th of December. [download Published Ofsted Report here]
Overall we have been graded as a ‘Good School’ with ‘Leadership and Management’ evaluated as ‘Outstanding’.
The report reflects what is special about the WDPS community:
- Staff, pupils and parents alike have positive views of the school, the care and the education it offers.
- Pupils are proud of their school.
- The curriculum is exciting and relevant for pupils.
- The curriculum is outstanding.
- The wider curriculum has the explicit aim of raising aspirations for all of the pupils.
- Pupils’ progress in mathematics is outstanding and progress in English is good and improving rapidly and securely.
- The school promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils well.
- Equality of opportunity is central to the work of the school.
- Most of the teaching observed during the inspection was good, and some outstanding practice was seen.
- Teaching Assistants provide good and often outstanding support for pupils.
- Behaviour in and around school is excellent.
- Governors are able to challenge the head teacher and senior team so that improvements continue at a pace.
- The leadership of the school is inspirational.
- The dynamic headteacher, together with the deputy headteacher, phase leaders and governing body provide outstanding leadership for the school.
So congratulations and thank you all for your positive and much-appreciated support for the WDPS community.
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News and Events
Outer West Learning Trust Spring Newsletter
OWLT Facebook Page
Visit the Outer West Learning Trust Facebook page click on the picture above. Or the Twitter account at @owltrust14
What is SEND?
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (often called ‘SEN’ or ‘SEND’) is a legal term for many people who will need extra support during their education.
What is the Local Offer?
The Local Offer is a way of letting families know the services that are available locally and how access them; from specialist social care services, transport, childcare, health and sports activities.
Click on the SEND logo above to go to the Local Offer website.
School Welfare Officer Leaflet
If only children came with an instruction manual! Unfortunately, they don't and at times we all face those difficult moments when we just want to bury our heads and hope our problems go away.
Paula Stones our School Welfare Officer can help: download a leaflet for more information click the link below. School Welfare Officer Leaflet
Stepping Stone Newspaper
Miss Croll and the newspaper club have now produced the latest edition of the Stepping Stone, West Denton Primary School's very own newspaper.
December 2016 Issue 10 is available to download by clicking on this link.
For back issues click on the link below.Stepping Stone Back Issues
Child Protection Statement
Our school recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We will be alert to the signs of abuse and maltreatment and will follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
Leading Parent/Carer Partnership Award
West Denton Primary School (WDPS) gained LPPA status which is the ‘Leading Parent Partnership Award’ in July 2013. As a school, we have an excellent relationship with our parents and this shone through.
West Denton Primary School would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Big Lottery Fund for the ‘Life Cycle’ project which has helped us to develop a cycling based healthy living project for our children and the wider community. An after school club and other initiatives are teaching children and their parents about safe riding, road safety, cycle maintenance and providing us with an opportunity to deliver healthy living education. This project helps develop transferable life skills, encourages participation in exercise and provides people with the knowledge needed to lead a healthy life.