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.
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Phase 3

 

 

AD1900: The Mayans

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

During the Autumn term those of us in Years 5&6 will be following a unit of work on a theme which focuses on ‘AD1900’.

This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:

 

The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in other areas of the curriculum. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.

 

Personal development – the specific skills in each topic, which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.

 

International understanding – this will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.

During this unit we will be focusing on History, Art, Technology and International.

 

 

In History, we’ll be finding out:

 

About the Maya cities of Caraol, Coba and Copan

About  types of primary and secondary information sources that might exist

About the challeneges that people settling in Central America would have faced

About what we can learn from artefacts and pictures

About people who lived in Maya civilization and what their life could have been like

About the Mayan calendar and the significance of it during modern times

 

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

 

About Mayan masks and children will be designing and making their own masks.

 

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

 

About where the Maya civilizations were situated in the world

About the physical and environmental factors of these areas including weather and climate

 

In International, we’ll be finding out:

 

About the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of the Maya civilizations.

 

 

 

All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the

learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their

own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned

through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with

your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.

If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the

work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take

it, but your enthusiasm and interest are most important.

 

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments about the work your child has done, please get in touch.

 

In Literacy the main areas of learning will be:

Focusing on non-fiction texts , grammar and reading stamina

 

In Numeracy the focus will be on:

Finding fractions of amounts, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.

 

Additional Information:

 

We would be grateful if you could help your children by:

Year 5 will be taught by Mrs. Singleton Monday to Thursday and by Mrs. Barr every Friday

Supporting them with their homework: (Spelling, tables and grammar hammer) this is given each Monday and needs to be completed, handed in and signed off by the children each Friday

 

In Y5/6 English and Maths homework will be given out every Wednesday to be returned by the following Wednesday.

 

In Y6 homework will be given out on a Friday and is due in the following Friday.

 

Reading daily and practise all times tables with them every night. Your child should be fluent in all times tables by the end of year 4.

 

Working with your child on Learning Log tasks when they are set

 

Bug Club and Mathletics throughout the week

 

 

PE uniform:

 

PE kit must be brought to school by Tuesday  1st  November and will remain in school for the half term.

Top: Plain white, round neck T-shirt (no logo)

Bottoms: Plain black or blue shorts (no logo)

Joggers and sweat tops can be brought in for outdoor games in colder weather.

These items are best kept in a drawstring bag on your child’s peg.

Please note that failure to bring in homework and correct PE kit will result in detention.

 

Thank you for your continued support,

Phase 3 Team.  

 

 

Space Explorers

Dear Parents and Carers,

During the Autumn term those of us in Years 5&6 will be following a unit of work on a theme which focuses on ‘Astronomy and space’.

 

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

How to make a pinhole viewer to record the size of the Sun and the Moon

How to compare the size of the planets and their distance from the Sun

About the movements of the Earth, Sun and Moon and how they affect us

How to classify rocks and compare rocks on Earth with those on the Moon

About how craters are formed and the forces that are involved

How to make a spectronometer to find out about light and what it contains

About how light travels

How to create a timeline to show the life cycle of a star

More about the planets in our solar system

 

In History, we’ll be finding out:

How to make a timeline to show some of the important events in the history of

astronomy and space

 

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

About nebulae and how we can capture their shape colour and patterns in art

About satellites and how we can create our own satellite images

 

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

About the technology that is being used to explore Mars

How to design and make our own vehicle to explore a planet’s surface

 

In International, we’ll be finding out:

About the International Space Station (ISS)

How to create our own Voyager golden record to send into space

 

All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.

If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest are most important.

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments about the work your child has done, please get in touch.

In Literacy the main areas of learning will be:

Narrative looking at characterisation and building up settings.  Later in the term we will also be studying poetry.  Each week the children will also be looking comprehension and grammar.

In Numeracy the focus will be on:

Negative numbers, decimals and ordering numbers.  Each week the children will also be working on mental maths skills, times table knowledge and building their problem solving skills.

Additional Information:

We would be grateful if you could help your children by:

Year 5 will be taught by Mrs. Singleton Monday to Thursday and by Mrs. Barr every Friday

Supporting them with their homework: (Spelling, tables and grammar hammer) this is given each Monday and needs to be completed, handed in and signed off by the children each Friday

In Y5/6 English and Maths homework will be given out every Wednesday to be returned on the following Wednesday

In Y6 homework will be given out on a Friday and is due in the following Friday. 

Read daily and practise all times tables with them every night. Your child should be fluent in all times tables by the end of year 4. 

Working with your child on Learning Log tasks when they are set

Bug Club and Mathletics throughout the week

 

PE uniform

PE kit must be brought to school by Monday 11th September and will remain in school for the half term.

Top: Plain white, round neck T-shirt (no logo)

Bottoms: Plain black or blue shorts (no logo)

Joggers and sweat tops can be brought in for outdoor games in colder weather.

These items are best kept in a drawstring bag on your child’s peg. 

 Please note that failure to bring in homework and correct PE kit will result in detention.

All of Phase 3 are taking part in Active Kids ‘Hip Hop’ workshops every Monday, please ensure they have an indoor P.E. kit for this each week. 

 

 


Crime and Punishment Through Changing British

History.

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Over the next half term those of us in Year 5 and 6 will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses onCrime and Punishment’.  

 

 

This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum

sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:

 

1.  The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the National Curriculum. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.

 

2.  Personal development – the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.

 

3.  International understanding – which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.

 

Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.

 

During this unit, we will be focusing on History, Music and International.

 

 

 

In History, we’ll be:

 

  • Studying timelines of different periods in History

  • Discussing  what life was like at each of those time periods

  • Learning about the monarchy and leaders at each period in history

  • Learning about crime and punishment throughout history

  • Finding out about the Roman system of law and how it affects us now

  • Learning how crime and punishment were dealt with by the Anglo Saxons and Vikings

  • Learning about  forest law, church courts and the need for new systems by the end of

    the medieval period

  • Studying the early modern period which covers the Stuarts until 1800 and finding out about how crimes and punishments changed during this time

  • Learning about the creation of the Metropolitan Police in the Victorian Era

  • Finding out about how crime and punishment is different today compared to the past

  • Learning about the Leaders and Monarchs during different periods in British History

 

In International, we’ll be:

  • Looking at forms of punishment in different regions in the world and debating their place in modern society

 

In Music, we’ll be:

  • Learning about how music has changed throughout each of the periods studied in the History unit and listening to different pieces from these eras

 

In Art, we’ll be:

  • Learning about significant artists in each of the periods studied and creating own works from their influences

 

All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

We already know the interest you take in your childs work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.

If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments about the work your child has done, please get in touch.

In Literacy the main areas of learning will be:

All non-fiction writing (reports, recounts, debates, discussions and Historical texts), fiction writing will include letters, Historical Fiction, poems and recounts.

In Numeracy the focus will be on:

Multiplication and division including money, properties of shape, volume and capacity, percentages, position and direction.

 

 

Additional Information:

We would be grateful if you could help your children by:

  • Year 5 will be taught by Mrs. Singleton Monday to Thursday and by Mrs. Barr every Friday

  • Supporting them with their homework: (Spelling, tables and grammar hammer) this is given each Monday and needs to be completed, handed in and signed off by the children each Friday

  • Failure to complete and hand in homework on time will result in detention

     

  • Reading and practise all times tables with them every night. Your child should be fluent in all times tables by the end of year 5 to prepare them for year 6.

     

  • Working with your child on Learning Log tasks when they are set

 

  • Bug Club and Mathletics throughout the week

     

    PE uniform

    PE kit must be brought to school on Monday and will remain in school for the half term.

    Top: Plain white, round neck T-shirt (no logo)

    Bottoms: Plain black or blue shorts (no logo)

    Joggers and sweat tops can be brought in for outdoor games in colder weather.

    These items are best kept in a drawstring bag on your child’s peg.

 

 

 

Wonderful World - Extreme Earth

Dear Parents,

This term  those of us in Years and 6 will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘The natural world’.

This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum

sets out very clearly what children will learn the learning goals in three different areas:

1. The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the curriculum  in your childs own country. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.

2. Personal development the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.

3. International understanding which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.

Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.

During this unit we will be focusing on Geography and International.

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

About different regions and environments around the world

How to use different type of map to find out information

About the forces and processes that shape our planet

 

About extreme weather events and how they affect people and localities


About the possible causes of climate change and its effects on our planet

How man-made changes can alter/change our local environment

 

  • About natural disasters.

 

In Art we will be:

  • Making collages using a range of materials for effect.

  • Painting and colour mixing

In International, we’ll be finding out:


About local and global environmental issues


How different international aid groups and charities are helping those affected by environmental issues

All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

We already know the interest you take in your childs work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.

If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments or questions about your childs learning, please get in touch.

 

In Literacy the main areas of learning will be:

All non-fiction writing.

Year 5 will be focusing on the text ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’.  

Fiction writing will include letters, stories, poems and recounts.  

In Numeracy the focus will be on:

Angles, addition, subtraction and multiplication of fractions, decimal fractions and problem solving.

Additional Information:

Year 5 will be taught by Mrs. Singleton Monday to Thursday and by Mrs. Barr every Friday.

We would be grateful if you could help your children by:

 

Supporting them with their homework: (Spelling, tables and grammar hammer) this is given each Monday and needs to be completed, handed in and signed off by the children each Friday

Failure to complete and hand in homework on time will result in detention.

Reading is a key life skill and your child must read every night. Don’t forget to access Bug Club at home.

Times tables knowledge is essential. Your child must practise all times tables and division facts up to 12x12  every night.

Working with your child on Learning Log tasks when they are set.  

PE uniform

PE kit must be brought to school on Monday and will remain in school for the half term.  

Top: Plain white, round neck T-shirt (no logo)

Bottoms: Plain black or blue shorts (no logo).Joggers and sweat tops can be brought in for outdoor games in colder weather.

These items are best kept in a drawstring bag on your child’s peg.

Failure to have the appropriate PE kit in school will result in detention.

Thank you for your continued support,

Kind regards,  

 

Mrs Singleton,                          Mr. Shiel,                            Miss Croll,                          

 

(Phase 3 Leader)              (Y5 Class Teacher)     (Deputy Head/ Year 6 Class Teacher)       

 

(Year 5/6 Class Teacher)

 

 Mrs Barr

 

(Year 5/6 Class Teacher)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great, The Bold and The Brave.

 

Dear Parents,

Over the next half term those of us in Year 5 and 6 will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on Roman Britain.

This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:

1.  The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the curriculum in your childs own country. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.

2.  Personal development – the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.

3.  International understanding – which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.

Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects. During this unit we will be focusing on History, Music, Art and International.

In History, we’ll be:

  • Finding out about daily life in Ancient Rome.
  • Learning about the Legend of Romulus and Remus.
  • Researching the three ruling system during Roman rule-Kings, Republic and Emperors.
  • Exploring the impact of Roman invasion  and researching an aspect of the Roman Army.
  • Discovering facts about Celts in Britain pre-Romans and  about the Celtic  rebellion led by Boudicca.
  • Understanding the cause and effect of the fall of the Roman Empire.
  • Learning about people and culture through archaeological evidence.

In Art, we’ll be:

• Finding out about Roman art and creating our own piece of art in Roman style.

In Design Technology, we’ll be:

  •  Planning, designing, making and evaluating Roman catapults and Roman armour.

In International, we’ll be:

  Finding out about the effects of invasion on countries around the world.

All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

We already know the interest you take in your childs work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you. 

If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.  By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments about the work your child has done, please get in touch. 

In Literacy the main areas of learning will be:

All non-fiction writing (reports, recounts and Historical texts), fiction writing will include letters, Historical fiction, poems and recounts.  

In Numeracy the focus will be on:

Number and place value, addition and subtraction, properties of shape, multiplication and division and fractions.

Additional Information:

Year 5 will be taught by Mrs. Singleton Monday to Thursday and by Mrs. Barr every Friday.

We would be grateful if you could help your children by:

Supporting them with their homework: (Spelling, tables and grammar hammer) this is given each Monday and needs to be completed, handed in and signed off by the children each Friday

Failure to complete and hand in homework on time will result in detention.

Reading and practise times tables with them every night.

Working with your child on Learning Log tasks when they are set.  

PE uniform

PE kit must be brought to school on Monday and will remain in school for the half term.  

Top: Plain white, round neck T-shirt (no logo)

Bottoms: Plain black or blue shorts (no logo).Joggers and sweat tops can be brought in for outdoor games in colder weather.

These items are best kept in a drawstring bag on your child’s peg.

Failure to have the appropriate PE kit in school will result in detention.

Thank you for your continued support,

Kind regards,  

 

Mrs Singleton,                          Mr. Shiel,                            Miss Croll,                         

 

(Phase 3 Leader)              (Y5 Class Teacher)     (Deputy Head/ Year 6 Class Teacher)       

 

(Year 5/6 Class Teacher)

 

 Mrs Barr

 

(Year 5/6 Class Teacher)

 

 

 

 

 

Year 5/6 cooking potato cakes during Bushcraft The Great, The Bold and The Brave.