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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Head Teacher Blog - 09-10-20

Dear families,


In order to keep us all safe, you will see all staff wearing a face mask or visor when they come to collect your children from the yard each morning. For the same reason, staff wear a face covering in communal areas of the school. Thank you for helping  us to keep our children, staff and family members safe by choosing to wear a face covering when you are on the school yard. 


It has been another busy week in school. Y6 enjoyed a Healthy Active Lifestyle Roadshow and Phase 3 perfected their street dance moves with an Active Kids  coach. Our Year 3 children have been learning to play the ukulele with a Newcastle Music Service teacher and some of this cohort are working with the artist John Quinn as part of an Outer West Learning Trust (OWLT) Art project. Our youngest children were enthralled by Zoolab and learnt a lot about rats, frogs, tarantulas and other animals! Also, Phase 1 children had fun working with the NUFC Primary Stars team and getting fit out on the field. Phase 3 also welcomed Laura Bell (Y7 Year Leader) and Val Wigham (Principal) from Studio West who talked to them about life in their secondary school. 


Please follow us on our Twitter link at the bottom of the home page as we regularly post pictures of children enjoying stimulating learning experiences. Also, check your child's Class Page each Friday to see what they have been up to during the week. 


As you know at WDPS we promote healthy lives for all children and adults as we all benefit from positive time spent playing and exercising outdoors. 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.

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


Enjoy a happy family weekend.


Kind regards,