Headteacher’s Welcome Message

We wish you a very warm welcome to the Birkwood Primary School website and hope that by using this site you will get a picture of our vision, aims and the values we uphold.

Our school is a caring, supportive and family orientated community where we encourage our children to ‘be the best that they can be’. This is achieved by us having an exciting and relevant curriculum that meets our children’s needs and is underpinned by our School Logo ‘Inspire, Cherish and Achieve Together.’

The entire school has been refurbished over the past 5 years to include the playground and a Trim Trail on the large playing field, a purpose built kitchen, so that children can cook as part of their learning in Science, Maths and Literacy. Thanks to Big Lottery Grant and Tesco ‘Bags for Help’ funding, we also have a community and sensory garden area where children grow vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs. In addition, a potting shed and poly tunnel, thanks to Community First Grant funding.
Our strong and committed Governing Body have made the decision to keep class sizes as small as possible in Foundation Stage and Year 1 in order to ensure high quality support for our youngest children.

We also have outstanding provision in our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit with 2 mini-ICT suite areas and excellent outdoor provision which will be further developed this academic year.

Due to the demand for places at our school, we had to convert our Library into a classroom, so we bought and converted a Double Decker Reading Bus into an exciting Library resource which the children love!

We are very proud of our school community; if you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

With best wishes,

Mrs Julie Allen MBE
Headteacher

 

 

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Newsletter 36: Friday, 13th July 2018

Summer 2 Week 6

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Shape Experts!

Check out our beautiful shape butterflies! We are so clever. We can name the shapes we have used and even talk about what they look like. We are so clever!

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African Masks

Wow! Look at the amazing African masks our lovely Daisies have created! 

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Yummy, Yummy, Yummy… I’ve got food in my tummy! 

We were so lucky to taste one of our amazing parent’s African food. It was truly delicious. Thank you! #incrediblecommunity 

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You can’t stop the beat! 

The Daisies loved exploring on the African drums during our Africa Creative Arts Week; they even tapped out their own rhythms!

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Who are we going to call…… The Fact Finders 

We are amazing at finding facts and information from the National Geographic Kids’ website. Did you know that giraffes need less than 3 hours of sleep everyday and usually sleep standing up? I bet Mrs Allen knows that because she loves giraffes!
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Down in the jungle where the Daisies go …

The Daisies love their new jungle areas ~ we are turning into explorers. 

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Year 6 Sleepover

Year 6 children had a fantastic NIGHT at school. They watched a bit of Belgium vs Brazil in this year’s World Cup; they enjoyed playing out with each other on the playground;  they showed off their keepy-uppy skills; they created some fantastic World Cup Themed T-shirts; they watched a movie before bed and they got a little bit of sleep! 

Mr. Sandwith would like to thank Daz, Mr. Summerfield and Mrs. Rennison for their help on Friday night, and Mrs. Birch and Mrs. Sutton for staying the night – another successful evening!

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Birkwood Choir 

Take a look at the fantastic performances from Birkwood Choir at theBarnsley Council Employee Excellence Awards Ceremony:

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Summer Fayre 2018

A huge Thank You and well done to Mrs. White and her band of helpers as the Friends of Birkwood Summer Fayre went tremendously well! We could not have asked for better weather – a true SUMMER Fayre – and the Birkwood Community were out in great numbers to support the school’s latest event. An astonishing £1,127.55 profit was made – every penny of which goes straight back to our children. The stalls were great fun – some were tasty too! 

 

A wonderful afternoon and thanks again for your support!

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Exam Day

The day that we have been preparing for arrived! Seven of our talented musicians travelled to the Civic to take their Grade 3 brass exams. Mr. Dodd was delighted with our children’s performances; we are all very proud. Once the final scale was played, it was time to celebrate with cake and drinks. The owners of Aroma Café made everyone very welcome – thank you!

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Year 6’s Trip to The Lion King

It was an amazing day for staff, children and parents. We met at school at around 7am and were eating our lunch at the M1 services by 10am! We enjoyed a sight seeing tour of London from our coach (including Buckingham Palace where Mrs. Allen MBE met the Queen). After that, we went to the highlight of the day – the performance at the Lyceum Theatre. It was breath-taking and most of the staff were watching the children rather than the show to see their faces! Another highlight was the visit to MacDonalds at Watford Gap Services on the way home! It was most definitely a ‘once in a lifetime experience’ and the staff said it was the best performance they had seen yet.

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Read All About It

In this week’s Chronicle, there is a lovely piece about what makes Birkwood Primary School such a special place.

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Read All About It…

Our African-themed Creative Arts Week made it into the Chronicle this week. Thank you to Miss Betts (who is enjoying a drumming workshop in the photo) for organising the week!

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Helping with Excellence

Our choir were invited to sing at the opening of the prestigious Barnsley Council Employee Excellence Award Ceremony. Our lovely singers were given a standing ovation after their moving performances of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and ‘All of Me’. Well done to each of our superstar performers and thank you so much to the wonderful Mrs Sutton!

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Newsletter 35: Friday, 6th July 2018

Summer 2 Week 5

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Goodbye and Thank You

We said an emotional farewell to Mr. Campbell who has served our school for five years! Mr. Campbell has been a highly respected and loved member of staff. We wish him all the best in his future role – we will miss you and we know you will not be a stranger!

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Pentathlon 2018

 

As always our Pentathlon Morning enjoyed wonderful support in school from our #IncredibleCommunity. The children (from EYFS – Year 6) were absolutely brilliant and the beautiful weather added to the day! Many thanks to Mr. Campbell & Mrs. Porter for their organisation of the event, to the Year 6 children for creating this film, and to the staff and Mr. Sabin who adjudicated at each discipline.

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Green Screen

Year 6 loved using the Green Screen. They added themselves into scenes from their favourite films. The results are fantastic!

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REAL Food 

We harvested peas and strawberries from the community garden. By 11am, they were all gone! We loved having a mid-morning, healthy snack time.

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Tiny Team Dodd in Concert

The Woodpeckers loved performing in Barnsley Music Hub’s KS2 Music Festival at the Metrodome. They enjoyed singing and playing along with 7 other Barnsley schools, and also played a solo spot too! Well done children, promotion to THE #teamdodd is around the corner for lots of you.

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Celebrating Community Matters

Our lovely choir and award-winning brass ensemble performed for the Cudworth Community. Their contribution to St. John the Baptist Church’s 125 year celebrations was very warmly received.

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Blue Planet Aquarium

 

 

 

The Robins had a wonderful time at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Chester. We saw piranhas, fish, turtles, stingrays and even a shark that is scared of bubbles!

 

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Newsletter 34: Friday, 29th June 2018

Summer 2 Week 4

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Recording Musical Memories

What a wonderful afternoon! Our children enjoyed showcasing and celebrating their musical talents in front of specials visitors from Brass Band England (Sophie Anderson), Outwood Shafton (Cara Ackroyd), Barnsley Music Hub (Alex Francis) and our own #incrediblecommunity (Mr. and Mrs. Winder, Mr. Burgin and Father David). All of our visitors were amazed by what they heard and the audience made up of children and adults from our school loved listening to the choir and to Birkwood Brass. 

 

Thank you to our visitors for coming to watch and a special thank you to our Chair of Governors, Mr. Taylor, for recording this outstanding performance. CDs will be available soon!

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Heart Start – Simple Skills Save Lives

Year 6 enjoyed completing a basic awareness course in Emergency Life Support. They learnt about DRSABC (Danger, Response, Shout for help, Airways, Breathing, C.P.R.),helping somebody who is choking and looking after somebody who is bleeding. 

 

Thank you to Heart Start for delivering the fantastic training!

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Cook It – Making Smoothies

The Year 5 Lions have been learning all about the importance of nutrition and food choices this half term. We were challenged to make a variety of juice and smoothie recipes, with an explanation as to why each ingredient was chosen and what specific health benefit their recipe was deigned for. We all had a wonderful time creating a concoction of drinks. Some were very tasty; others were more of an acquired taste. It was good fun and we all loved our smoothies.  

 
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First Class Assembly – Sunflowers and Daffodils

The Sunflowers and Daffodils have worked so hard this term. They have learnt so much about animals and absolutely loved sharing all their work with our special visitors in their very first Class Assembly. A big well done to them! Thank you to our families for all ofyour support. 

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Newsletter 33: Friday, 22nd June 2018

Summer 2 Week 3

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Richard from ‘Travel With Us’

Birkwood was delighted to welcome Richard to our school. He told each class a range of stories about his time growing up and how it had inspired his stories. The children were engrossed by his tales about ‘ordinary things made into extraordinary things’. Here is a video from the Woodpeckers and the Kingfishers to show a glimpse of his time in school.

 

Thank you Richard for visiting!

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