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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Evacuation…

The Year 4 Jaguars have been acting out the evacuation process from World War 2. They enjoyed becoming evacuees for the morning with Mrs. Porter and used it to inspire their writing in literacy.

 

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Splish, Splash, Splosh!

The Daisies have had lots of fun in their new splashing area. Thank you Mrs. Allen. 

 

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Trim Trail Tales

The Sunflowers and Daffodils had a mission to find the Big Bad Wolf. He was nowhere to be found, but we did have lots of fun balancing and climbing on the big playground’s trim trail. We are excited for our next trim trail adventure. To be continued…

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Better luck next time, Big Bad Wolf! 

The Sunflowers and Daffodils have taken on the challenge to build a stronger house than the Three Little Pigs 🐷🐷🐷.

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I am a music man… I come from far away!

 

We can play…  Look what we can play…  We can play instruments.  

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Baking Biscuits

The am and pm Daisies have been very busy baking today. Check out our superhero biscuits! 

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Year 5/6 Football 

 
Two of our teams represented school at a football event at Horizon today. Our Blue team were placed 3rd and the Red team placed 4th. Well done everyone, you did us all proud!
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Film It!

The Year 6 children enjoyed their Film It Week! They came up with unique ideas for film projects; worked together as a team to plan a film; used a range of camera shots; captured still and moving images; edited their projects using iMovie; and, they enjoyed watching each others’ final products!

 

Mr. Sandwith was very impressed with their skills – Well done Year 6!

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Week Five…

One of our newest musicians received her fifth flute lesson this week. We are delighted with her progress, and proud that she is confident enough to share her learning with classmates.

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Wartime Baking

The Year 4 Jaguars have been making some delicious treats at home for our World War 2 topic. They have researched wartime recipes and used ingredients that were available in small rations during this time. 

 

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Cook It

The Year 1 Grasshoppers have been busy making gingerbread men this week! The children really enjoyed weighing and measuring all their ingredients and gave their muscles a good work out stirring everything together. They loved the smells during baking time and even helped Mrs. White to wash up when they had finished.

 

At the end of the week, the children decorated their gingerbread men and enjoyed eating one in class and then took one home for grown-ups to try – we hope you enjoyed them!

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CharCOAL Art!

 

The Kingfishers really enjoyed recreating some charcoal art inspired by Mrs Gill’s talented sister. They used the charcoal to create pit wheels, the finished products were amazing.

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Superstar!

This young man has been making great choices and he is working hard towards all of his targets! A great example of a Birkwood Superstar!

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KS1 Multi Skills       

Our fantastic children did really well at a Multi Skills competition at Barnsley College. Special congratulations to the team wearing red who finished in 2nd place – Well done everybody!

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When Autumn Came Indoors.    

Our knowledge, experiences, research and ‘evidence’ all came together beautifully this morning. We wrote poetry independently, paying special attention to rhythm, pattern and ‘Things of Beauty’.

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Not Just any Concert!

Our musicians are rehearsing at every opportunity, in preparation for their prestigious performance at the Grimethorpe Colliery Band Centenary Concert next Friday. Each and every member of the band are committed to their personal practice, band rehearsals and supporting their ‘teammates’. Only one week to go before we take to the stage. Keep up the great work #TeamDodd

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Super Star Writers! 

The Sunflowers and Daffodils are building their strong muscles to help them become super star writers! 

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We Can Write! 

The Sunflowers and Daffodils love our new ‘Squiggle while we wiggle’ handwriting groups.

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Newsletter 6: Friday, 13th October 2017

Autumn 1 Week 6

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Wolf Stew

The Sunflowers and Daffodils have enjoyed making and eating their wolf stew. Goodbye Big Bad Wolf we will not miss you. 

 

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Wedding of the Century!

The Year 2 Robins had an amazing afternoon visiting St. John the Baptist Church to celebrate the ‘marriage’ of two of our amazing children. When we got back to school we carried on the festivities and enjoyed a little party.

 

Thank you to Father David and our #IncredibleCommunity for their continued support.

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Autumn Fruit Picking

After School Gardening Club have been very busy picking apples from our tree in the Community Garden. They were incredibly juicy and we even managed to save some of the seeds so we can grow our very own apple trees.

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Awe and Wonder Day

During the Awe and Wonder Day at Outwood Shafton, Year 6 really enjoyed watching Marty Jopson’s Electrical Soirée. They witnessed a range of experiments and learned lots of exciting things about electricity!

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Perfect Poetry        

In preparation for our poetry writing, we have been experiencing, collecting and researching signs, smells and changes in nature at Autumn time.

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VIP Brass Stars

Our amazing brass musicians have  been invited to perform in a VERY SPECIAL invitation-only concert, celebrating the centenary of our friends, Grimethorpe Colliery Band. We are honoured to take part in this prestigious concert at Elsecar Heritage Centre on 20th October. Today, the invitations for families and special visitors were delivered, by hand, to school!

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We Love to Learn… Outdoors!

The Sunflowers, Daffodils and Daisies love to learn outside. The new water area has been very popular. Thank you, Mrs. Allen, for our wonderful outdoor learning area. We might need to bring some spare clothes to school now!

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Christmas During the Strike

These comprehension activities were based on differentiated non fiction texts, linked to the miners’ strike of 1984-85. The children worked particularly well to distinguish types of questions. Great detective skills too!

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Musical Genres

The children are taking the time to learn about music from a variety of musical genres. They are also learning to appreciate musicians from contrasting cultures, backgrounds and eras.

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Stars of the Future

The Woodpeckers have only had five lessons with Mr. Dodd and we are already spotting a few stars of the future. One of these stars is already playing duets with Mr. Dodd!

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Science in Year 4/5 Panthers

 Year 4/5 created their own model of the solar system. They used a wide range of measuring techniques and linked these to a sound understanding of the planets in order from the sun. 
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