Headteacher’s Welcome Message

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We wish you a very warm welcome to the Birkwood Primary School website and hope that by using the 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 within the context of an exciting and relevant curriculum that meets their needs and is underpinned by our School Logo ‘Inspire, Cherish and Achieve Together.’

Our strong and committed Governing Body have made the decision to keep class sizes as small as possible in Foundation Stage in order to ensure high quality support for our youngest children. 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.  

Over the Summer 2015, we had some major improvements to our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit with lots of new equipment and 2 mini-ICT suite areas; Summer 2016, we have also improved the outdoor provision.

In case you’re wondering what the Double Decker Reading Bus is on our logos ~ we are converting it into a Library resource and our fundraising is helping to buy all new books.  It’s very exciting!

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
Headteacher

 

 

 

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Our Flautists are Flying!

 

Our new woodwind teacher is impressed that Birkwood’s flautists realise the importance of preparation and concentration. They’re a committed crew, with bubbly personalities too. Well done girls!

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Newsletter 17: Friday, 20th January 2017

 Newsletter 17: Friday, 20th January 2017

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Cress Monsters

 

Just look at the amazing cress monsters Year 1  have made at After School Gardening Club. Everyone drew a scary monster face, glued it to a plastic cup filled with paper and topped it off with wet cotton wool  sprinkled with cress seeds. After a week all the monsters had sprouted lots of green hair!

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Fabulous Food – Focussing on Fractions

 

Our #CookIt tasks had a maths focus this week. Weighing, chopping, slicing, measuring and calculating portions all involved using our ‘fraction skills’. What better way to complete a maths lesson, than to eat it!

 

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Awesome Art at Lunchtime

What could be more relaxing than spending lunchtime with your friends and the watercolours?

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The Woodpeckers Analyse Statistics

This week, the Woodpeckers have been learning all about statistics. They have collected data then recorded this data on tally charts, pictograms and block graphs. The children even created block graphs during their computer time. Well done!

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Learning through our topic ‘All About Me’

 

The Year 1 Robins have been using their ‘All About Me’ topic areas to help them with their learning.  

 

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Nursery Firefighters

 

As part of our topic, ‘People who Help Us’ our children have enjoyed dressing up and acting as firefighters.

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Wonderful reading

 

Our Nursery children are enjoying sitting comfortably while reading a good book!

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Newsletter 16: Friday, 13th January 2017

Newsletter 16: Friday, 13th January 2017

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How the Leopard got its Spots

Y6 NS are enjoying listening to Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So Stories’ and they have used sketching skills to give leopards their spots.

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Guest Author – Hilary Robinson

Birkwood was thrilled to welcome Hilary Robinson, author of many fantastic works including ‘Flo of the Somme’ and ‘Where the Poppies Now Grow’. Children from EYFS up to Year 6 were lucky to welcome Hilary into their classrooms. They had the pleasure of listening to Hilary’s stories, learning about how to become a famous author and they even got the chance to ask Hilary questions about her life and works.

Thank you again for visiting us, Hilary Robinson.

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Tasty Treats

This week Key Stage 2 After School Gardening Club have been busy in the kitchen making bird food cakes ready for the for the RSPB Big Schools’ Bird Watch at the end of the month. Great work everybody!

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Mrs. Allen’s Superstars of the Week

Both of these girls have positive attitudes to learning, they are caring friends to others and they always try their best. Well done, we are so very proud of you both!

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Picnic on the Moon

The Sunflowers and Daffodils have been enjoying reading the book ‘Whatever Next!’ They decided they wanted to have a picnic on the moon just like Bear did. The children have been learning about healthy and unhealthy foods so they decided to make a healthy picnic. They chose to pack raspberries, apricots, blueberries, bread, carrots and bananas. Finally, they then got into their rocket and flew to the moon.

The children were super astronauts and enjoyed tasting the healthy food when they got there!

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Cricket with Yorkshire C.C.

We really enjoyed our first Yorkshire Cricket coaching session with Dean this afternoon. Today’s activities certainly kept our bodies and minds active. The correct bowling technique is the key to accuracy, speed and power; we’re working hard to master it.

Dean’s skill and enthusiasm inspired us to listen well, work hard and support our team mates!
We need a sit down!

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The Woodpeckers Go Back in Time

The Woodpeckers are really enjoying their new topic ‘Dinosaurs’. They have used iPads and non-fiction books to research their favourite ones. They found some fascinating facts.

Well done everyone, super teamwork!

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P.E. in Foundation Stage

The Sunflowers and Daffodils enjoyed P.E on Friday. They were using the apparatus to develop their balancing and jumping skills. They listened carefully and tried really hard, even when they felt a little bit scared on the high aparatus. Well done everyone!

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Walking Like Egyptians 

The Ancient Egyptians have well and truly arrived in our classroom. There’s nothing like a new topic to inspire creativity in every aspect of the curriculum!

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The Creation Story

In Y6 NS, as part of their Evolution Topic, the children have been reading the Creation Story. They recorded their findings through illustrated storyboards and use of watercolour paint. In AskIt the children have discussed a wide range of theories of creation.

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Birkwood Primary School Council Meeting – Minutes

Birkwood Primary School Council :Minutes 6th January 2017

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Positive Learning and Negative Numbers!

 

We enjoyed exploring negative/ positive number lines to help with tricky tasks this morning. It was especially encouraging to see independent learners and peer supporters at their best.

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After School Clubs Spring 2017

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Newsletter 15: Friday, 6th January 2017

Newsletter 15: Friday, 6th January 2017

 

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Look What Father Christmas Brought…

Here’s one of Birkwood’s busiest musicians showing off her brand new purple flute! What a fantastic Christmas present.

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Unfair Share

Our philosophy stimulus was a brown sliced loaf, shared unfairly. This led into some excellent discussion, where ideas, opinions & personal experiences were expertly aired.

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Joseph’s Coat Annoyed His Brothers

We worked collaboratively to create the most beautiful, colourful coat ever! The final result is now on display in our classroom and we are very proud of our creative learning. This popular story from the Old Testament really has inspired us.

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Everything Egyptian!

The Year 3/4 Bees explored, researched, planned, designed, questioned, suggested, shared, created AND investigated our new topic. They impressed Mrs Sutton by working independently and collaboratively too.

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Birkwood’s Christmas Soirée 2016

What a brilliant evening! The choir sang beautifully, Birkwood Brass’ ensemble was excellent, the guitar playing was electric and the dancing was fantastic. Well done to all of the children who took part and thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for their support.

Special thanks to all of the staff for their support on the night, particularly Mrs. Sutton, Mrs. Porter and Mr Sandwith.

 

 

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Barnsley Music Hub’s Christmas Concert

What a fantastic morning! Our Key Stage 2 loved learning about different instruments and then using their own instrument – the voice! They sang along to many famous songs and had a brilliant time. Well done to our amazing children who also performed in small groups or on their own!

Thank you to Barnsley Music Hub for a fantastically festive morning!

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