Dear Parents, Carers and the community of Winlaton,

Welcome to Winlaton West Lane Community Primary School where we believe we have something very special and all staff, children, parents and Governors strive to REACH FOR THE STARS! I am very proud to be the Headteacher of a school with such awe-inspiring children, dedicated staff and supportive parents and carers.

Staff and Governors helped to create our vision statement for our wonderful school which is based on a happy, inclusive school which exudes an ethos of opportunity for all: children, staff, Governors, Parents and the wider community of Winlaton. It is an ethos that enables our children to take responsibility and become a brilliant workforce of the future.

Winlaton West Lane Community Primary endeavours to be a forward-thinking school with high expectations of teaching and learning, behaviour and team work. We aspire to be outstanding in all areas of school life.

At Winlaton West Lane, you will find a welcoming and vibrant environment, with all involved taking responsibility for themselves and other people. We work hard to achieve our best in everything we do and always REACH FOR THE STARS!

Caroline Tetley (Head Teacher)

See our new brochure here !  West Lane brochure 2018-19

West Lane brochure 2018-19

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”

– Stephen Hawking

Newsletter for Fri 14 Sep

Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 2 14.09.18

Newsletter Issue 3 21.09.18

Please click on the link below for newsletter 21.09.18 Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 3 21.09.18

Year 2 have a ‘super’ trip to Sunderland!

This week, Year 2 took an amazing trip back in time – visiting the Sunderland Winter Museum and Gardens. Pupils took part in a ‘planting’ workshop, where they explored different types of seeds, learnt all about the different parts of a plant, talked about what plants need to grow and had great fun planting their own ‘pea-pod pea’ – don’t worry we are sure these won’t grow into an ‘Evil Pea’ like the one we have been reading about in our literacy lessons!

Reception’s First Week!

Reception had a wonderful first week at school – enjoying settling into new routines, exploring our classroom and making new friends. We also began to learn new sounds such as ‘s, a, t, p, I, n’ and we did a fantastic job at recognising these sounds at the beginning of words. We also explored numbers, seeing if we could order them – recognising ‘1 more’ and ‘1 less.’ Take a look at how much fun we had!

People who help us in school…

Reception have been learning all about people who help us in school. Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at people who help us in our local community – exploring around Winlaton including a visit to our local library. We will also be having some visitors coming into school to explain to the children how they help people.

Forest school friendship!

Another day of friendship and teamwork at forest school club! We took turns to guide our blindfolded friends through the forest building – developing trust, communication and teamwork.

Year 6 build golden time dens!

This week, Year 6 Oak spent their Golden Time in forest school with Miss Summers and Miss Greaves. They were given a task to build a den with the resources provided.

Year 2 become super SPAG hunters!

In literacy, Year 2 have been reading the ‘Supertato’ story. To help us with our writing, we looked at different kinds of vegetables and worked in teams to think of some great adjectives to describe them.


  • Attendance Champions: Reception Hazel 100%
  • Whole School Attendance 96.6%


Year 1 solve a ‘watery’ problem for Henry Bear!

On Wednesday this week, we encountered a problem in year 1! The weather was really dreadful and it was starting to rain…poor, old Henry bear had no clothes to keep him dry! So…the children decided to wander up to forest school and became scientists!

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Is it a sold? Is it a liquid?…No! It’s GlOOP!

In science, Year 5 have been exploring different solids, liquids and gasses. We have experimented, mixing different reactants together to create a range of solutions. Some processes were reversible such as mixing flour and water – as we found out that by filtering the solution, we could get the original reactants back. Other processes were irreversible such as: frying an egg.

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Year 5 ‘angle’ their way through measurements!

In Maths, Year 5 have been busy looking at different types of angles – using protractors to accurately measure different angles. Mrs Young and Miss Critchlow covered the classroom in masking tape and our task was to label, estimate and measure as many angles we could. We used our knowledge of the fact angles on a straight line add up to 180 degrees to ensure our measurements were accurate – and had great fun in the process!

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Year 5 ‘rock’ some sugar!

Over the last term in Science, Year 5 have been investigating different materials – looking at: solids, liquids and gases and investigating ‘The Particle Model’.

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Year 1 paint with Paul Klee!

To kick-start our topic ‘Castles’, Year 1 Chestnut have been learning about the artist Paul Klee – specifically his painting ‘Castle and the Sun’. This amazing painting uses shapes, lines and colour to create an abstract piece of art, based on a castle at sunset. After analysing Paul’s painting, Year 1 used various 2-D shapes and rulers to sketch their own castle and sun pictures. We then used wax crayons to colour in the shapes and make our own castle pictures. ..

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Year 1 build some ‘sturdy’ homes!

Last week in Year 1, we used different materials to re-construct the three little pigs houses. We worked in teams of 4 to build a stick house – collecting straw, stones, string and sticks to see who could design and build the sturdiest house. We explained how we built our house to other teams and then left our houses overnight to test how strong each structure really was – would they still be standing by the next day?

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