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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’


Our children in Y5 and Y6 children have the opportunity to take part in the SHINE Project with staff and students from Newcastle High School for Girls in Jesmond.


Mrs McHatton takes the children by coach to Newcastle High School for Girls where they will enjoy taking part in various activities in different subject areas, such as Biology, Philosophy and Drama. These sessions will be fun, highly practical and interactive. This initiative ties in perfectly with the WDPS Raising Aspirations Programme (RAP) as we want to inspire our children to achieve all that they can in life.


Art and pizza week. Our children learnt about Henri Matisse and then created their our fabric print, after making a template on paper. After, they learnt all about bread and yeast. Then made their own pizza and bread creation.

Dance week. Our children learnt new moves and then put them together to form a dance

Classics week - Learning about what are the 10 treasures of the world. Then learning about the Romans and writing a letter on papyrus using the Roman alphabet

Languages - looking at how to identify countries by unique culture, ie China - red and gold in building and adverts, writing, etc. Then looking at words that we commonly use and finding our where they actually came from.

Cricket Week- Learning about the rules of cricket: how to bowl and how to bat

Science week - learning about DNA and then participating in an experiment to extract DNA from a banana. After that making DNA necklaces and a structural DNA challenge

A Sea Shanty

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Learning about Philosophy and enjoying making music and songs

Playing our a story using our own animation

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Making their very own rap songs

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Making rap songs and learning about music beats

Working with visitors from the Kielder Observatory and making parachutes to safely fly an egg to earth

Enjoying drama

Learning the skills of playing cricket - bowling and batting with professional coaches

Learning how to program a robot and how to computer code too

Week 1: Saturday 11th January 2020


This week, the children participated in 'Getting to Know You' activities with the children from the other schools. For one activity, our children had to order themselves in alphabetical order without saying anything! A task Miss Torrance would have struggled with!

To conclude their first week, our 13 WDPS representatives had to answer some questions in groups. There were six questions in total, asking 'What would the future look like?', 'What does happiness mean to you?' and 'What is important in our lives?'. The children gave in depth and very mature answers. 


Next week is Bushcraft and MFL (Modern Foreign Languages), where the children will be learning German.

The Big Questions

18.1.20 - Bushcraft and German

This week at Shine, the children took part in an outdoors scavenger hunt in the school grounds. It was so fun! They had to search for various things and had to use their imaginations. For German, they got taught how to have a basic conversation and most were lucky enough to earn a piece of chocolate for their confidence and efforts.

25.1.20 - Chinese New Year


On Saturday 25th January, the children at WDPS learnt all about Chinese New Year!

Firstly, they took part in a Chinese New Year quiz where the children had to write 'A' or 'B' on a whiteboard to answer the questions. At the end of the session, they all got a fortune cookie. 

Their next task was to make a Chinese lantern. The children all made their own red paper lanterns whilst listening to facts and stories behind the animals of Chinese New Year. 
The Chinese New Year challenge continued as the children used chopsticks to transfer sweets, pompoms and lolly pop sticks from plate to plate, ending on an exciting chopstick relay race!
To conclude this session at Shine, all the children got the opportunity to taste some Chinese dishes and delicacies. 

1.2.20 - Science

This week at Shine, our children got the opportunity to make a car out of card in small groups. Once the car was constructed, designed and decorated, the children pumped air into a straw in their cars and had a competition to see whose traveled the furthest! It was so much fun!

8.2.20 - Poetry

The children had an enjoyable time at Shine on Saturday creating their own poems.

Job one was to pick and choose words from a given text in order to re-write into a poem. Job two was to spend twenty minutes exploring the school and write down exciting words they have seen, then they were to cut and stick the words in their groups to make a new poem!


Shine will recommence after the half term break.

29.2.20 - Geography and Philosophy

This week at Shine, the children were split into two groups: one group did Geography whilst the other group did philosophy, then after beak they swapped over. For Geography, the children were in groups of two and three and had to be volcano experts and had to create a plan to evacuate the residents of an island. For philosophy, the children answered some very thought provoking questions and had to rank some crime based statements in level of severity. 

7.3.20 - Food and Drama

This week, the children (and Miss Torrance) got the opportunity to create their own chocolate lollies and pizzas! It was such a brilliant week! They also did some acting, too.

14.3.20 - Art and Music

This week, the children enjoyed creating and singing their own songs and making pop art styled pictures using sticks and paint.