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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Art and Design Curriculum.

WDPS believes a high quality Art and Design curriculum engages, inspires and challenges our pupils and enables them to enjoy exploring and developing their creativity. The curriculum provides pupils with the knowledge and skills to experiment, and create their own works of art, craft and design. They also learn how art and design reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture and creativity of society.  
The WDPS Core Values (‘Learner Profile’ and ‘Attitudes to Promote’) are embedded in the children’s learning experiences in the International Primary Curriculum and the WDPS Life Skills Challenge modules including ‘WDPS Life Cycle’ and ‘WDPS I Can Do It!’.
At WDPS, during Art and Design lessons, the children will develop the ‘Attitudes to Promote’ and ‘Learner Profile’ values of: working together, communicating ideas through a range of media, taking risks, open mindedness, knowledge, respect for themselves and others, working independently, enthusiasm, creativity, and adaptability.

Phase1

  • Children are taught use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. They will have the opportunity to take inspiration from the outdoors, such as the WDPS Bushcraft area and WDPS Allotment, for nature-inspired artworks, observational drawings and natural landscapes
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work. They will begin to look at artists inspired by the natural world

Phase 2

  • Children are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design
  • Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials, such as pencil, charcoal, paint and clay. They will take inspiration from the outdoors, such as the WDPS Bushcraft area and WDPS Allotment, for nature-inspired artworks, observational drawings and natural landscapes
  • Develop an awareness of great artists, architects and designers in history, including those whose works were inspired by nature

Phase 3

  • Children are taught to further develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design
  • Create sketch books to record their observations and annotations,  practise techniques and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a wider range of materials, such as pencil, charcoal, paint and clay, as well as experiencing techniques such as batik, printing and silk painting. They will take inspiration from the outdoors, such as the WDPS Bushcraft area and WDPS Allotment, for nature-inspired artworks, observational drawings and natural landscapes
  • Develop an awareness and understanding of great artists, architects and designers in history, and develop an appreciation of artists inspired by nature to create works of art

 

 

For children over the age of five, WDPS ensures it covers the statutory knowledge, skills and understanding from the English National Curriculum which is made up of these subjects:

PSHE with Citizenship Design Technology Art & Design Geography History RE Music PE Science Computing English Mathematics Modern Foreign Languages Early Years Curriculum International Primary Curriculum