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 Reception


Reception Class 2018-19

Singing Hinnies

As part of our 'North East' topic Reception followed some local cooking recipes.  The singing hinny recieved its name from the high pitched singing noise made when it's cooked on a griddle.  They were absolutely delicious served warm with butter.



Royal Wedding Picnic

We took advantage of the sunshine and came together as a school to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle.  We all wore red, white and blue and had a picnic outside.



Alnwick Castle and Broxfield Farm Trip

Reception went on a trip to Alnwick castle and Broxfield farm.  We went back in time 700 years and met an Alchemist.  He had strange cures for diseases and placed a chicken under Tyler's arm to cure the plague.  We worked in groups to make smelly soap from lye, lavender and oats.  Mr Thompson the farmer drove us around on his tractor.  We ground up wheat grain to make flour, saw baby calves and looked at different crops growing in the fields.  A huge thank you to Mr Thompson and the Country Trust for helping to arrange and finance the visit.



Butterfly Life Cycle

Our caterpillars turned into beautiful butterflies.  We placed fruit and sugar water in the net because butterflies like nectar.  When it was warm we released them and watched as they fly away.  We used a paint program called 'Early Essentials' to create a symmetrical butterfly patterns.  Look at our amazing designs!



Beamish Trip and School Workshop

Reception went to an old school set 100 years ago.  The lesson included handwriting on slates and in sand.  In maths we counted using wooden peg boards and then carefully studied the nature table when drawing.  We travelled around Beamish on a tram and went down a scary dark mine.



Easter Concert

Parents came to watch Reception sing songs, retell a story and recite poetry.  Children worked with their parents to make Easter cards.  The concert was well attended, thank you to all parents for your continued support.



Spanish Day

Hola! We practised Flamenco dancing, made a tasty sangria drink and Spanish fan crafts.



"Handa's Surprise" by Eileen Browne

We have been using our senses to describe tropical fruit and write riddles in Literacy.  Reception also made a traditional African rain stick instrument.



Kung Hei Fat Choi

Reception celebrated Chinese New Year by doing dragon dancing in PE.  We made Chinese lanterns, good luck envelopes and Chinese dragon crafts.  As part of our Chinese New Year celebrations, we tasted lots of different Chinese food.  The children were very good at using tricky chopsticks and tried lots of new things.  The most popular was the prawn crackers which Reception said were delicious.



A Castle Banquet

Reception drank from goblets, made royal crowns and ate jewelled toast.  We enjoyed medival dancing with our friends.



What Makes Porridge Yummy?

Reception investigated why Goldilocks liked Baby Bear's porridge.  The children were challenged to use the ingredients to make some yummy porridge.  Which ingredients made the best porridge?  Which ingredients were good for porridge and which were not so good?



The Gingerbread Man

One of our favourite stories that we have learnt about this year is 'The Gingerbread Man'.  We worked with a partner and used the story map and actions to help us retell the story.  Reception followed simple instructions to make gingerbread men.  They looked and tasted fantastic!




At Christmas time children are given a Christingle in church.  A Christingle is a symbolic object that means 'Christ Light'.  We made our own Christingle and wrote about the different parts.  Did you know the orange represents the world and the sticks of sweets the four seasons?



Healthy Fruit Kebabs

Reception helped a fat Spiderman make a healthy packed lunch and a party plate as a special treat.  Fruit is a healthy food.  We chopped a range of tasty fruit to make a kebab.



Healthy Eating - Vegetable Soup

Reception listened to "Delicious" by Helen Cooper.  In the story Duck loves and will only eat pumpkin soup.  He is very fussy.  We tried to trick Duck by making a pretend pumpkin soup.  Reception helped to cut, chop and peel a range of vegetables.  We made the vegetables into an orange coloured vegetable soup.  It was delicious!




In Maths we have developing our understanding of place value, by using shaped tiles called Numicon.  We have been learning to recognise 'teen' numbers and match numerals to groups of objects and Numicon tiles.  Teen numbers are made up of 1 ten and ones.




Reception made flying fireworks.   We experimented using different sized straws to see if we could make our firework travel further.  Our water firework display was made using filter paper and felt tip pens.  We watched the paper burst open in the water and the colours change.  Reception worked in teams to make a giant bonfire night collage using a range of media.  We added firework noises to our amazing colourful display.  In Maths we used flat 2D shapes to make our own bonfire night pictures.



Scary Science - Goblin Slime

Reception made green cornflour slime.  We experiemented squeezing the mixture and rolling it into a ball.  The mixture felt different and changed when we stopped rolling it.



Scary Science - Potions

We mixed together bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to make fizzy potions.  Look what happens when the ingredients are mixed together.  What words can you use to describe the potion?




Diwali is a festival of light.  We made our own mendhi pattern and clay diva.



Meg and Mog            Zoo Lab Visit

Rob the wizard came to visit Reception.  We helped him cast spells and met a range of animals.  We handled the different animals and enjoyed learning interesting facts.



Halloween Disco and Witch Kitchen

Look at our amazing party clothes and costumes!  We had lots of fun dancing with our friends.  Thank you to the school council for organising our treat.  Reception have enjoyed the story "What's in the Witch's Kitchen?" by Nick Sharratt.  We have been writing and casting our own spells in our new scary role play area. 



Sensory Play

We have been investigating and describing a pumpkin.  Look what we found inside!



Autumn Walk

Reception went on a walk to spot and collect signs of Autumn.  We used the leaves collected with warm coloured paint to make prints.



Read Write Inc. Workshop

We ran a phonics workshop for parents, to show how we teach children to read at West Denton Primary School.  The session included a sound pronounciation guide and watching a demo phonics lesson.  Parents then worked with their children to make and play reading games .  The children took these games home to to support and extend their learning.  The session was well attended, thank you parents for your continued support.




Reception learned that washing our hands removes dirt and germs that make us sick.  The school nursing team used bubbles to show easily germs are spread.



"Walking Through the Jungle" a Barefoot Singalong

Reception listened to a different "Walking Through the Jungle" story and song.  Just like the end of the story, we matched animals to their habitats and had an animal tea party.  We followed simple instructions and made delicious jam sandwiches.



"Walking Through the Jungle" by Julie Lacome

Reception listened to "Walking Through the Jungle" by Julie Lacome.  In PE we travelled different ways through the jungle including wading and leaping.  We moved like the animals in the story.  Can you guess which animals we are pretending to be?  Reception listened to music "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens.  Reception matched animals to the music.  We used musical instruments and movements to represent different animals.  Reception painted our favourite character from the story and wrote a label.  Come and see our amazing pictures displayed in the corridor. 




Reception Class 2017-18

Our First Week in Reception

The children at West Denton Primary School have had a busy first full time week in Reception.  They have enjoyed exploring the indoor and outdoor environments, choosing their own lunches and making new friends.  All of the children have settled in very well and the teachers are looking forward to a fun filled year.  Have a look at some of the things we have been up to.



Trip to Broxfield Farm and Alnwick Castle

Reception went to Broxfield farm.  We took it in turns to give milk to a greedy lamb.  Mr Thompson the farmer showed us around his farm on a tractor.  The bean plants in the field were almost as tall as us!  West Denton would like to thank the ‘Country Trust’ charity for funding this amazing trip.


Reception went to Alnwick Castle and went back in time 700 years and met an Alchemist.  He had some strange and silly cures for illness.  He placed a chicken under an armpit to cure the plague, gave slug slime for a sore throat and cow’s pee for tiredness.  Yuck!  We worked with a partner to make our own smelly soap balls using lye, oats, mint and lavender.  When we came back to school we made our own junk model castle with battlements, drawbridge, dungeon, moat, arrow slits and towers. 



Teddy Bear's Picnic

Reception staff and children celebrated the end of our “Golidlocks and the Three Bears” topic with a teddy bears picnic.  We gathered under the gazebo for jam sandwiches.   A great time was had by all!




Reception have been excitedly watching our caterpillars grow; they are much bigger now and they have begun to spin a cocoon.  We can't wait for them to turn into butterflies!

Reception have been doing some minibeast maths.  Ask about doubles and see which ones we can remember.  We also made symmetrical butterfly pictures.



Living Eggs

We have had some visitors arrive in Reception.  The children were very excited as the chicks started pipping, cracking and breaking through the shell.   Here are some photos of the children handling the chicks, they were amazed at how quickly they have grown.




Andy from ‘British Cycling’ and Mrs Williams have been teaching reception how to ride a bike.  We started by lifting both legs on a balance bike.



Scotswood Community Gardens

Reception went pond dipping to have a look at what creatures live there.  We had some great suggestions beforehand – a shark, crocodile, mermaid, fish and crabs to name a few.  We did find tadpoles, water boatman, newt and lots of pond weed! 

We also learned about bees and pollination.  In teams we made mini gardens to attract minibeasts.



"Jack and the Beanstalk"

We have been drawing our own story maps to help us retell and act out the story.



Pancake Day

We added different toppings to our pancakes and did very well to cut them up.  Our topping choices included strawberry jam, lemon, chocolate spread and golden syrup. Yum!  What is your favourite flavour?



"Supertato" by Sue Hendra

Look at our amazing superhero and villain fruits and vegetables!




We have been learning about minibeasts!  We have had been finding out about mini-beasts by looking at non-fiction books.  Did you know that a baby ladybird makes a cocoon just like a caterpillar?  Reception went on a minibeast hunt and used magnifying glasses to look at them closely.  We also made a new minibeast hotel for our outdoor area.



Easter Concert and Reading Workshop

Parents came to watch children sing songs, retell a story and recite poetry.



World Book Day

Early years enjoyed a fabulous ‘World Book Day’.  Thanks for your help getting the children dressed up as their favourite book characters.  Which character do you like best?  Don’t forget the children can cash in their £1 book vouchers in bookshops.



“We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen

The bear from the story asked Reception to find help find his friends around school.  Look at our brilliant display!  We made story maps to help us retell the story in sequence. 



Chinese New Year

In Reception to celebrate the Chinese New Year we had our own special banquet.  We made some delicious noodles, prawn crackers, fried rice and sweet and sour dishes.  It was quite tricky to work out how to hold chop sticks and eat the long noodles, but we had great fun and the banquet was very tasty indeed.



Christmas Nativity Reception and Nursery – “Donkey for Sale”

Our Nursery and Reception classes worked together to deliver their version of the Nativity.  It was magical.  Watching the children’s confidence, it was easy to forget many of them are still just three years old!  Filled with acting, music and song the show raised a smile (and no doubt the odd tear) among the huge audience.   Thanks to all who came along to support us.



Christmas Enterprise

Our pupils produced products to be sold at the Christmas Fair.  They were highly professional and contributed the greatest amount to funds raised! The final total was £268.06 which will be put towards our school mini bus fund.  Thanks again for your wonderful support.



PE Apparatus

We have been investigating different ways of travelling across the apparatus.   We land jumps safely by bending our knees. 



Bonfire Night

We have been learning about Bonfire Night.  Look at all our firework pictures.  



Blue Reef Aquarium

Reception went to visit the aquarium in Tynemouth.    We got very wet watching the seal show, walked underneath an aquarium tunnel and had a rock pool encounter.



Zoo Lab - "Meg and Mog"

Wizard Rob brought lots of animals and creatures for us to have a look at today.  We helped him to cast spells and met a range of animals.  We even got to hold some!  Reception found out the names of all the creatures, what they like to eat, where they live and how they protect themselves from predators.



Forest Skills - “Percy the Park Keeper”


We worked in teams to help build shelters for the animals that lost their homes in the storm.




Ten Town and Numicon

This is a lovely maths resource that uses the characters of Ten Town to encourage recognition of numerals.   We also use Numicon, a structured set of apparatus that provides a visual representation of number ideas.   It consists of shaped tiles to represent numbers.  In the early years shapes are used to represent numbers form 1-10 and after this, the apparatus is used to show higher numbers giving an important concrete image of place value.



Autumn Printing

We explored different printing techniques using Autumn materials we found on our ‘signs of Autumn walk’ and warm paint colours.



Forest Skills – “Winnie the Witch”

Winnie the Witch lost her wand.  We hunted for sticks in the forest and decorated them to make a magic wand.  Abracadabra!



Eid Al Adha

We made our own mendhi patterns using natural patterns.  Reception followed recipe cards to make crescent moon and star biscuits.  They were delicious!



Read Write Inc. Workshop

Our phonics workshop explained how we teach children to read and write in a fun, lively and structured way and how parents can help their children at home.  Thank you for your continued support.



“The Enormous Crocodile” Maths

In maths Reception have been finding objects that are longer and shorter than the crocodile from the story.  We also helped the crocodile count out teeth and sequence numbers.   Our home learning challenge was to build a crocodile model from junk.



Reception Class 2016-17

Our first week in Reception

Our delightful new Reception class have settled into school life seamlessly!  Here they are enjoying their first week.  We have been learning routines and how to use the classroom equipment.
























Reception Events

Reception Open Morning for Families New to West Denton Primary School 9.30am-10.30am Wednesday 14th November 2018 

Looking at schools for your child to start Reception 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 the school office on 0191 2674211 to book a place and take a look around our school.