The unique WDPS Life Skills Challenge program has been created because all children need a key skills-set in order to develop their potential and to make their life dreams become a reality.
All visitors help us to become enquirers and to learn and discover new things about the world.
Visiting 10 Downing Street helps us appreciate that the WDPS Core Values are reflected in fundamental ‘British Values.’
WDPS Cycle offsite multi-day challenges help us all to develop resilience and to become effective team players.
We develop higher-level thinking skills online by learning to analyse, synthesise and evaluate.
Our teachers appreciate that we are all unique individuals with different learning styles.
Learning is fun as our Teachers plan exciting learning experiences through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
The all–weather WDPS Mountain Bike and Running Trail helps us develop fitness, stamina and essential bike-handling skills.
We learn from different world cultures which helps shape us into well-balanced and open-minded global citizens.
In the WDPS Bushcraft Area we develop our Multiple Intelligences and self-confidence whilst learning to manage risks.

Phase 2

Dear Parents,

Over the next 15 weeks those of us in Year  3 and 4 will be following a unit of work on a theme which focuses on ‘How things work’ and people who have made a difference to the world today.

This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculumsets out very clearly what children will learn the learning goals in three different areas:

1. The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the curriculum taught in your childs own country. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.

2. Personal development the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.

3. International understanding which will help children develop both a sense of the   independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.

Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects. 

During this unit we will be focusing on History, Technology, Science, Art, Society and International 

In History, we’ll be finding out: 

About significant inventions and inventors of the last 100 years

About inventions in the way we communicate

About the history of flight and associated invention

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

How to make a pinhole camera

How levers, gears and cams work

How to make a moving toy

How to invent and build something to solve a problem 

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

About the air around us and the science of flight

How to make a paper glider

About man-made materials and their properties

How to carry out a scientific test

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

How technology has been depicted in art

About techniques in traditional and modern art

How to create digital art

How to make a print 

In Society, we’ll be finding out:

How technology and inventions affect peoples lives

How inventions have made life easier or harder

About inventions in the home and host countries

Why some countries have fewer or more technologies than others

In International, we’ll be finding out:

How the invention of the Internet has changed the way we communicate

How the worlds scientists are sharing knowledge about inventions and the    latest Technology. 

All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

We already know the interest you take in your childs work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you. If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments about the work your child has done, please get in touch.

If you have any comments about the work your child has done, please get in touch.

In Literacy the main areas of learning will be :

Based on the Roald Dahl book Georges Marvelous Medicine and will include;

Fiction – Poetry and

Non Fiction – Explanations, Instructions (Year 4 and 3/4)

In Numeracy the focus will be on:

Place Value, understanding the value of digits knowing that it will depend upon their position in the number. Using place value to add and subtract mentally, and in written using column methods. In Year 3 children will be working with 3 digit numbers whilst the Year 4 children will work with 4 digit numbers

Additional Information

I would be grateful if you could help your children by:

  • (e.g. Supporting them with their homework (this is given each Thursday  and needs to be completed, handed in and signed off by the children on the following Wednesday.)
  • Reading with them every night.
  • Doing mental addition and subtraction sums, practicing all times tables and playing board games and simple games involving money.
  • Making sure they have their full PE uniform. Can we suggest that your child brings their kit in every into school and leaves it in school until the end of the half term. PE lesson times often have to change due to other events taking place in school and by leaving their kit in school your child will not miss out on valuable PE lessons
  • Year 4 children will need to bring in swimming kit including a towel every Thursday morning. In addition they need to ensure their hair is tied back if it is long, both boys and girls, no earrings or jewellery is worn, boy swimming shorts and trunks must be above the knee and girls need to wear a swimming costume not a bikini. Also no toiletries, snacks/drinks are permitted.
  • Collecting any materials that can be used for our Design Technology work e.g. making a model dinosaur.


Thank you for your continued support,


Kind regards,

 Mrs Wood, Mr Jones & Mr Erskine

borrowdale 2015