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27-11-20  (Mick MingStones, Head Teacher, WDPS)

Dear Families,


Congratulations to Art Leader Miss Jenks and the WDPS team! We are proud that our children's drawings for the NE1 Christmas Windows Competition will be put together as a collage by their designer and installed in the windows of the vacant Starbucks unit on Grainger Street.


I hope that this week has gone smoothly for you all. Please check -Latest News- to read a letter detailing our plans for Christmas events at WDPS. Be aware that as with all events in school, we will follow the latest central and local Government guidelines as to what activities may go ahead during the Christmas period. Bearing this in mind, there will still be a Christmas show (Online Christmas Carol Service with the Christmas Story tableau), Father Christmas will visit the WDPS Bushcraft Area, School Christmas  Lunch will be served and each class will have their own Class Party. 


I invite you, your family and friends to  follow us on our Twitter link at the bottom of the home page, as we regularly post pictures of children enjoying inspirational learning experiences both indoors and outdoors all year round.  Also, check your child's Class Page each Friday to see what they have been up to during the week. 


At WDPS we have created our unique WDPS Life Skills Challenge Award (LSCA) which promotes a 'Natural Me' and 'Healthy Me' focus  as we believe that children and adults  benefit from  time spent learning, playing and exercising outdoors. It gives me great satisfaction that our children get to enjoy stimulating activities outdoors that promote their positive mental health and wellbeing. Research shows that physical exercise is important for mental as well as physical wellbeing. Please encourage your family to spend quality time outdoors together as it is a lovely respite from screen time.


Improving Reading is a whole school priority focus as all children need the skills to conduct research and also to enjoy the creative pleasure of the written word. As a family, enjoy reading some of the book reviews which you can access from the homepage: 'About Us' then 'WDPS-Whole School Focus.Let’s all work together to make every WDPS child a fluent, keen and resilient reader at home and at school. Reading includes everything from learning and practising the Read Write Inc (RWI) Phonics to helping your children to conduct research for a school topic and also to improving their language knowledge through reading a wide range of challenging books from different genres. From Year 3 upwards, our children benefit from the online Reading Plus programme which helps them to develop reading stamina and higher-level thinking skills across a wide range of interesting fiction and non-fiction texts.


Let’s make sure all our children receive the best wraparound support at home and at school so that they achieve all that they are capable of in life.


Enjoy a calm and relaxing weekend with your family.


Kind regards,