The unique WDPS Life Skills Challenge program has been created because all children need a key skills-set in order to develop their potential and to make their life dreams become a reality.
All visitors help us to become enquirers and to learn and discover new things about the world.
Visiting 10 Downing Street helps us appreciate that the WDPS Core Values are reflected in fundamental ‘British Values.’
WDPS Cycle offsite multi-day challenges help us all to develop resilience and to become effective team players.
We develop higher-level thinking skills online by learning to analyse, synthesise and evaluate.
Our teachers appreciate that we are all unique individuals with different learning styles.
Learning is fun as our Teachers plan exciting learning experiences through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
The all–weather WDPS Mountain Bike and Running Trail helps us develop fitness, stamina and essential bike-handling skills.
We learn from different world cultures which helps shape us into well-balanced and open-minded global citizens.
In the WDPS Bushcraft Area we develop our Multiple Intelligences and self-confidence whilst learning to manage risks.

Early Years Nursery


Nursery Class 2018-19



All Creatures Great and Small

The nursery set off on a lovely July day to visit Whitehouse Farm.  We saw lots of different animals and finished with a fun tractor ride.  It was wonderful!



Congratulations Harry and Megan!

To celebrate the royal wedding the nursery children joined the rest of the school for a picnic on the field.  We made crowns to wear and dressed up in party clothes.  Nursery were very surprised to recieve a visit from the royal couple themselves!



What came first, the chicken or the egg?

The Nursery children were invited to watch chicks hatching from their egg shells.  We watched as they grew and then fed 'tennis ball' chicks as part of our 'funky finger' challenge.



The Naughty Elf

In Santa’s workshop the elves were very busy wrapping presents and writing letters to the children.  Each day the children had to look out for the naughty elf that came to visit via the elf door.  On discovering the elf door the children began asking interesting questions and it provoked some fantastic ‘what if’ discussions.



First Flakes of Snow 

“Quick it’s snowing.  Let’s get outside!”

The children explored how the snowflakes felt as they landed on their face and tongue!  They watched the snowflakes falling from the sky and wondered why they disappeared once on the ground.



Funky Finger Challenge
The children are given challenges that will help develop fine-motor control.  These challenges are fun and an interactive way of promoting concentration and perseverance, whilst developing a hand preference, finger strength and a tripod grip.


Nursery Class 2017-18

First Few Weeks in Nursery

Our priority for the first few weeks is to ensure your child is happy and confident in Nursery. We will get to know your child and see what they can do, so we can plan their next steps in learning and development. We will encourage friendships, agree our class rules and ensure they are familiar with class routines.   The children happily choose which toys or activities they want to play with.  We have been really busy in Nursery already, even if they don’t tell you!  Have a look and see what we have been up to.



Finger Strength

The children complete activities to develop their fine motor skills.  Lots of lovely tactile experiences where children need to use their fingers to grip objects and equipment.  Developing finger strength helps children to develop a tripod grip and good pencil control.




Nursery had an unexpected visitor.  We found a frog hopping around the classroom!  Nursery kept the frog in a large fish tank to look at it more closely.  Later that day the children found a snail which allowed us to compare the two creatures. It was very exciting.

We were very enthusiastic when watching the caterpillars in Reception grow.  We shared the experience of incubating eggs and watching the chicks hatch.




We are so lucky to have such a large interesting outdoor area to explore.  The children are free to choose the equipment they play with and learn to share and take turns with their friends.



Role Play

Dressing up is a favourite pastime of many of our Nursery children.  Our role play area is changed regularly to reflect the interests of the children.



World Book Day

‘World Book Day’ was a wonderful opportunity to dress up as story book characters and bring our favourite books to school.




In Nursery we learn about many different festivals from around the world.  We began with the Harvest festival where we sorted fruit and vegetables into locally grown and those that come from other countries far away.  The children talked about their likes and dislikes.

The children celebrated Chinese New Year by tasting prawn crackers and preparing noodles in sauce.  We used tricky chopsticks to eat the noodles.   It was great fun!

Nursery began pancake day began by watching Peppa Pig and her family making pancakes.  When it was time to flip the pancakes the children were very excited.  Mrs Taylor tried to flip them so high that they almost touched the ceiling!   We tried different toppings and chose our favourite. 

Japanese doll day was an opportunity for the children to think about other children from around the world.  Children were invited to bring a doll to Nursery from home.



"Donkey for Sale" Nativity Play

Our play this year was a version of the Christmas story as seen through the eyes of a donkey. We learned lots of new songs and Makaton signing to enhance the story.



Zoo Lab

When Wizard Rob brought his animals, the children were really brave and handled many of them.  It was delightful to see so many animals close up.





Reading and Writing

The children are encouraged to read books and write in all the areas of the Nursery.  They retell traditional stories using puppets and props.




Our Nursery children enjoy a range of activities that involve looking at numbers and counting. We use mark making equipment to represent ideas of number.  The children have been introduced to Numicon apparatus and are keen to investigate the pieces.  We made pictures with shapes.



Nursery Class 2016-17

Settling into Nursery

Our children are involved in their induction period and are exploring the resources available to them. 



Nursery Events

Nursery Open Morning for Families New to West Denton Primary School 9.30am-11.30am Wednesday 24th October 2018

Looking at schools for your child to start Nursery in September 2019?  Come along to our open morning!  Becoming part of our school community is hopefully one of the most rewarding and important decisions you are likely to make.  We aim to create an environment where children are happy and excited to come to school; where they will succeed; where the curriculum is broad and balanced and where standards are high.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school.  Please ring our school office on 0191 2674211 to book a place on this visit and take a look around our school.