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.
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Personal, Social and Health Education with Citizenship

Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. At WDPS, we use our PSHE curriculum to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk, and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

Our curriculum is underpinned by the WDPS Core Values (‘Attitudes to Promote’ and ‘Learner Profile’) which help create a rich, balanced and broadly based curriculum.  This ensures we provide a rich tapestry of experiences for our children.
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC), WDPS Life Skills Challenge modules including ‘WDPS I Can Do It! and WDPS Bushcraft promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils. It prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The WDPS Life Skills Challenge programme has been especially created for West Denton Primary School children so that they can develop skills, attitudes and knowledge to achieve all that they can in life.

Modules Overview

  • WDPS I Can Do It
  • WDPS First Aid
  • WDPS Olympics Challenge
  • WDPS Cycle
  • WDPS Bushcraft
  • WDPS Resilience
  • WDPS Business Enterprise

Our WDPS Raising Aspirations Programme (RAP) involves inviting inspirational speakers in to school in order to help our older children understand that hard work, perseverance and following your dreams can open up maximum choices in all aspects of life.
The WDPS Resilience modules are based on Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) research and they embed our Core Values. Our aim is to help our children develop confidence and effective communication and people skills.
WDPS has been awarded Healthy Schools Status for our high quality provision of PSHE, P.E. and our focus on Healthy Lifestyles.
At WDPS we extend the curriculum further by:
The ABC (Attitudes Behaviour Consequences) Programme is taught from years 4 to 6. This project was created through a joint initiative between Northumbria Police and Newcastle City Council to help children in primary schools. The aim of the ABC Project, which complements the work done in PSHE and SEAL, is to help children make informed decisions about antisocial behaviour and to teach them that each individual must take responsibility for his or her own actions. The programme is recognised by Safe Newcastle as making a contribution to the education and development of young citizens.
Extra-curricularclubs: Games club, football, science, art, computers, design and technology, gardening, film club, Let’s Get Cooking, judo, cycling, dance, library, newspaper and recorders.
School Council has been running successfully for several years and gives our children a voice. The council meets regularly and is made up from children that have been elected from Y1 to Y6. They organise events in school including assemblies, fund raising events for school and charities as well school discos.

Bikeability is cycling proficiency for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today's roads.
Rewards and celebrations:
Each week we have a celebration assembly, which rewards children with achievers certificates for hard work, progress and having the right attitude to learn. House Points are counted and displayed during these assemblies. Attendance is monitored closely in school and rewards given to children with excellent attendance.

Early Years

Children are taught to:

  • Play co-operatively, taking turns with others.
  • Take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity
  • Show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and to form positive relationships with adults and other children.
  • Demonstrate confidence in trying out new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others.
  • Speak confidently in a familiar group,  talk about their ideas, and choose the resources they need for their chosen activities
  • Express when they do or don’t need help.
  • Talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable
  • Work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations and take changes of routine in their stride.

Phase 1

Children are taught to:

  • Identify and name some feelings and manage some of their feelings in a positive and effective way.
  • Share their views and opinions and set themselves simple goals
  • Make simple choices about some aspects of their health and well-being
  • Explain ways of keeping clean and name the main parts of the body.
  • Talk about the harmful aspects of some household products and medicines, and describe ways of keeping safe in familiar situations
  • Explain that people grow from babies to adults.
  • Recognise that bullying is wrong and  list some ways to get help in dealing with it
  • Recognise the effect of their behaviour on other people and cooperate with others
  • Identify and respect differences and similarities between people and  explain different ways that family and friends can care for one another

Phase 2

Children are taught to:

  • Demonstrate that they recognise their own worth and that of others
  • Express their views confidently and listen to and show respect for the views of others
  • Make choices about how to develop healthy lifestyles
  • Identify some factors that affect emotional health and well-being
  • Make judgements and decisions and list some ways of resisting negative peer pressure around issues affecting their health and wellbeing
  • List the commonly available substances and drugs that are legal and illegal and describe some of the effects and risks of these
  • Identify and explain how to manage the risks in different familiar situations
  • Explain how their actions have consequences for themselves and others
  • Describe the nature and consequences of bullying and express ways of responding to it
  • Identify different types of relationship and show ways to maintain good relationships
  • Respond to, or challenge, negative behaviours such as stereotyping and aggression
  • Describe some of the different beliefs and values in society and demonstrate respect and tolerance towards people different from themselves

Phase 3

Children are taught to:

  • Identify positive ways to face new challenges (for example the transition to secondary school)
  • Discuss some of the bodily and emotional changes at puberty and demonstrate some ways of dealing with these in a positive way.
  • Talk about a range of jobs, and explain how they will develop skills to work in the future
  •  Demonstrate how to look after and save money
  • Recognise difference and diversity (for example in culture, lifestyles, or relationships), and demonstrate understanding and empathy towards others who live their lives in different ways
  • Assertively challenge prejudice and discrimination
  • Recognise and discuss the importance of relationships to marriage, parenthood and family life
  • Discuss ways that relationships change over time, and how to negotiate within relationships
  • Make judgements and decisions and list some ways of resisting negative peer pressure around issues affecting their health and wellbeing
  • List the commonly available substances and drugs that are legal and illegal and describe some of the effects and risks of these
  • Identify and explain how to manage the risks in different familiar situations

PSHE and Citizenship is an important theme in WDPS as it is an umbrella subject that is interwoven throughout our school curriculum and ethos. It is carefully tailored to meet the holistic needs of our pupils and prepare them to be successful, caring members of society.

 

 

For children over the age of five, WDPS ensures it covers the statutory knowledge, skills and understanding from the English National Curriculum which is made up of these subjects:

PSHE with Citizenship Design Technology Art & Design Geography History RE Music PE Science Computing English Mathematics Modern Foreign Languages Early Years Curriculum International Primary Curriculum