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.

WDPS Bushcraft Area - Overview for Parents and Carers

Rationale for WDPS Bushcraft

At WDPS we strive to give our children the opportunity to develop useful life skills that will help them to set and achieve aspirational goals.

We have created a bespoke Bushcraft Area so that all of our children can experience nature and learning outdoors in a very special environment. The Bushcraft Area includes a tree house, a fire pit and zones created for specific skills acquisition. It is enclosed on all sides by a tall, wooden fence and it is accessed via a willow tunnel which leads to the imposing entrance doors.

In the Bushcraft Area children develop their Multiple Intelligences and self-confidence whilst learning to manage risks. When you visit our Bushcraft Area, you will hear laughter as adults and children alike develop a wide range of practical skills and acquire a broader knowledge base.

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Skills and Knowledge

5 members of staff (one from each Phase and the Head Teacher) have completed the Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Award. This has been an excellent, practical course for improving our skills.

We have created a whole school programme of work from Foundation Stage up to Phase 3 so that all children can benefit from learning outdoors in the WDPS Bushcraft Area. In the future we will build on this by visiting more diverse, offsite environments. The programme is highly practical and children will develop skills and expertise at their appropriate level of development.

By using the Bushcraft Area regularly, children are able to build on previous learning and skills. Each activity is built up through a series of small achievable tasks that help to develop resilience and self-confidence.  In this way the children are encouraged to challenge themselves and to enjoy experiencing success.

WDPS Bushcraft includes the following elements:

Tool use, Safety and Maintenance (Vegetable peeler, billhook, loppers, bowsaw and sheath knife)

Shelters (Tents, tarps and natural resources)

Knots and Lashings

Fires and Cooking (Construct different types of fire and prepare and make meals)

Flora and Fauna

Creative Thinking and Art (Planned into the International Primary Curriculum)

Team Building and Group Work

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Further Information

Please ask any of the following members of staff about the learning opportunities that your children will enjoy:

Foundation Stage Bushcraft Leader       Mrs Hughes
Phase 1 Bushcraft Leader                     Mrs Iceton
Phase 2 Bushcraft Leader                     Mr Jones
Phase 3 Bushcraft Leader                     Mrs Singleton
Head Teacher                                      Mick MingStones

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