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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Head Teacher Blog - 25-09-20

Dear families,


Thank you for supporting us so well in getting your children back into the school routine. As I walk around the school, I am amazed at how well they have settled back into their learning. A huge thank you to our staff who are using their considerable skill set and enthusiasm to ensure that the children benefit from great learning experiences both within the classroom and beyond  in our fabulous outdoor facilities. 


This week our Phase 3 children have developed their Street Dance skills with an Active Kids coach. Our Year 3 children have begun to learn to play the ukulele under the direction of a Newcastle Music Service teacher and Phase 3 have also enjoyed WW1 workshops with 'That History Bloke'. Phase 1 have raised their heartbeat while working outdoors with NUFC Primary Stars. Also, on a rota basis, all our children benefit from the unique WDPS Life Skills Challenge Award which promotes their wellbeing and positive mental health outdoors. It also gives me great pleasure to see our children developing their cycling skills and stamina whilst pedaling around our Running and Mountain Bike Trail.  All these activities take place under the appropriate socially-distanced guidance.


Please follow us on out 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 weekend.


Kind regards,