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 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 Tuesday 14th November 2017 

Looking at schools for your child to start Reception in September 2018? 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.