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.

Phase 3

Curriculum Letter Spring Term

Myths and Legends: Ancient Greece

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 ‘Myths and Legends’ and Ancient Greece.

In History, we’ll be:

Researching societies that are well-known for their myths and legends

Learning about the cultures, beliefs, and daily life in Ancient Greece

Finding out about major events in the past

In Art, we’ll be:

Finding out how artists use paintings and other methods to show myths and legends

Looking closer at the art of Ancient Greece

Turning characters from myths and legends into comic book superheroes

Producing our own piece of art to represent a story we have written

In Society, we’ll be:

Finding out about traditions, celebrations and religious festivals which have been influenced by myths and legends from the past

Considering how the behaviour of individuals and groups can be influenced by the moral messages of myths, legends and other stories

Looking at how global brands use myths and legends to persuade people to buy their products

In International, we’ll be:

Finding out how stories around the world are both the same and different

Finding out how myths and legends have affected large areas of the world

Comparing and contracting life in Ancient Greece to modern day life.

Researching stories from all the home countries of children in the class

In Literacy the main areas of learning will be:

Studying a range of myths and legends. Reading the whole class text Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and writing a range of genres linked to this text. Reading non-ficton books as a research tool.

In Numeracy the focus will be on:

All areas i.e. word problems, decimals, all 4 number operations (multiplication, addition, subtraction and division), 3d shapes, fractions, area, perimeter and mass, symmetry, angles, rotation and translation

Additional Information:

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

Please help your child 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.

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 on Monday 8th January 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.

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  types of primary and secondary information sources that might exist

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.

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.

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.


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