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.

Our high quality learning environments include 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 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.

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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Barnsley Cross Country Finals

Well done to all of our children who took part in the Barnsley Cross Country finals today at Cannon Hall. Special congratulations to our twins who came 1st and 2nd!

 

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Anti-bullying art

During anti-bullying week, Year 5/6 have discussed the effects of verbal bullying. We created a piece of art work to represent how verbal bullying can make people feel. We showed a person as part of a volcano, the words that people have said to hurt or upset them are bubbling away under the surface – just like the lava in a volcano. We then tried to show that just one more word could be the thing to make a person explode! We talked about thinking carefully about what you say to someone because you never know how your words could affect them.

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Newsletter 10: Friday, 16th November 2018

Autumn 2 Week 2

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In Flanders Fields

We learned John McCabe’s beautiful poem and talked about the sacrifices made. Our art work was based on the poem – we made each and every poppy unique, to represent the individual lives, personalities and cultures of the fallen.

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Year 2 Hedgehogs’ Class Assembly

What a performance from our Year 2 children! Our special visitors were treated to poetry recitals, sharing of work and songs based on their topic – ‘Celebrations’.

Well done Hedgehogs and thank you #incrediblecommunity for your continued support.

 

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Years 5 and 6 Visit IWM North

All three of our Upper Key Stage 2 classes went to Manchester to visit the Imperial War Museum North. They enjoyed looking at a range of artefacts, interacting with displays and viewing a special film about the impact of war. The children also had the opportunity to view a poppy wave sculpture, which allowed them to reflect on the sacrifices made during The First World War.

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Remembrance

In Year 5, we have created these emotive pieces which have been inspired by both our topic and the centenary of the end of The First World War. Creating these pieces has helped us to understand the loss that was suffered across the world and to understand the importance of the individual liberty that many fought and died for.

 

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We will remember 

The Sunflowers and Daffodils have created some wonderful poppy pictures. We are so kind and respectful.

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Yummy yummy yummy!

The Sunflowers and Daffodils are definitely in the celebrating spirit. We have been learning different ways that people celebrate bonfire night. We think making chocolate apples is the best way to celebrate. Do you agree?

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The Foxes visit Bolsover Castle

Take a look at the photos from the Year 1 Foxes trip to Bolsover Castle. The children wanted to learn all about their new topic, Knights and Castles. They had so much fun exploring the castle rooms, walls and even the dungeons!

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The Scarecrow’s Wedding

During our Film It week, children took photographs of drama freeze frames. Each photograph tells a part of the story of The Scarecrow’s Wedding. Afterwards, children created captions which they added to the film using text edit. 

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Introducing L.S.Lowry

This painting from 1949 was the focus of our ‘Art Talk’ today. The Kingfishers were skilful in discussing the influences, topics, styles, feelings and experiences of the characters within this oil painting – well done everyone!

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Welcome! 

Today marked the first Birkwood Brass rehearsal complete with percussion dept. Jingle Bells and Rudolph have found their way onto the rehearsal schedule-how exciting!

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Algebra Alphabets

Year 6 have started to solve problems using simple formulae and problems with unknowns. They worked well in pairs to solve 26 problems and complete the Algebra Alphabet. Well done!

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We Will Remember Them

There are two beautiful displays in the hall showcasing a range of work from Key Stages 1 and 2. Thank you to Mrs. Birch for creating such poignant displays to help us remember the brave acts and sacrifices of those in past conflicts. 

 

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ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

The Daisies have been super busy this week dancing like fireworks! We are amazing at making firework noises and moving in different ways!

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School Council Minutes 9th November 2018

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Squirrels Spotted at Emmanuel Church

The Squirrels have been learning about the special words in The Bible, and exploring why this is an important book for Christians. During our visit to Emmanuel Church in Barnsley, we all had the opportunity to interact with and interpret stories, parables and miracles. We now have lots of follow up questions to explore in our classroom learning. 

 
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Squirrels’ Class Assembly

The Squirrels loved planning, practising and performing their Class Assembly on our Celebrations topic. We included sharing our writing about birthday parties and our learning about Autumn. Two of our highlights were reciting a poem and showing off our Harvest Song. The children all spoke beautifully and clearly and we even enjoyed a musical performance from some of our recorder players. 

 

Thank you to our #IncredibleCommunity for their ongoing support.

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Squirrels’ Maths

The Squirrels have been doing a lot of work on place value and addition this term in maths. This week, we introduced column addition for the first time.

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Newsletter 9: Friday, 9th November 2018

Autumn 2 Week 1

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Year 3/4 Football

Here are some photos from the Year 3/4 football at Shaw Lane on 7.11.18.  Both teams played really well, and one of our teams finished 1st overall!

 

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KS1 Football Multi Skills 

This event was held at Barnsley College on 22/10/18. For the majority of these children it was their first ever competition. They all did so well, and Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Heaton were so proud of them.

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Amazing Autumn 

The Daisies have been making wonderful Autumn pictures on the computer. Their mouse skills are developing beautifully. Super stars! 

 

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Autumn leaves are falling! 

The Sunflowers and Daffodils had a wonderful time exploring our environment for Autumn signs. Check out what we found! 

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Pumpkin Fun 

The children loved exploring pumpkins this week. They designed their own face and Mrs. Hall helped them to carve it. This inspired some children to write instructions about how to carve a pumpkin. They helped each other to sound out each word. Now, everyone can read their instructions if they are not sure what to do! 

 

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Run, run, as fast as you can… 

The children in the Sunflowers and Daffodils have loved learning all about ‘The Gingerbread Man’. They had a fantastic time baking their very own gingerbread men. They measured out the ingredients, and worked together to make sure the mixture was just right. Luckily, our Gingerbread men didn’t run away and the children got to eat them! 

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Pumpkins!

The Daisies have been looking at pumpkins this week. We described the textures and even carved some spooky faces!

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The wheels on the bus go round and round…

We have been learning all about Nursery Rhymes in the Daisies. Our favorite is ‘The wheels on the bus go round and round’, so guess where we went? That’s right – the wonderful reading bus! 

 

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We’re going on an Autumn walk… We’re going to find lots of Autumn things……

The Daisies have had such a special and wonderful time exploring our wild area. They found lots of Autumn signs; they even found pumpkins! Dora the Explorer would be proud!

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