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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Head Teacher Blog - 13-11-20

Dear Families,


I hope that you have all found the Open Week  meetings via telephone useful this week. Staff have told me that they enjoyed the experience of discussing each child's progress with their parents and carers. If you were not able to speak to your child's class teacher, please e-mail them directly to arrange another telephone appointment. 


As you know with National Lockdown and  COVID-19, life has changed massively for us all on so many different levels. Working in 'Bubbles' and restrictions on visitors into school means that out annual Christmas festivities cannot go ahead in their normal format. However we are planning an online Christmas carol show with the Christmas Story tableau. Also, the WDPS Bushcraft Area will be transformed into a magical area which we hope will attract a special person in a red suit to greet the children in their bubble groups. A traditional Christmas lunch will be served to our Key Stage 2 children on Wednesday 9th December and to Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 on Wednesday 16th December. 


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. 


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 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. 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. 


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 fun and relaxing weekend with your family.


Kind regards,