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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Year 1 Robins’ Class Assembly

What a performance! The Year 1 Robins transported us all the way back to 1666 and told us the story of ‘The Great Fire of London’. They remembered all their lines, spoke very clearly, showed us their amazing work and sang beautifully. We are very proud of them!

Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for their continued support.

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Impromptu Performances

 
When Mrs. Sutton asked for solo/ duet volunteers, she was delighted to be inundated with children who felt confident to showcase their voices. Here are some ‘snapshots’ of their heart-warming and skilful performances.

 

 

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Music Matters 

 

This is the term where the choir are in charge of the repertoire; here’s a snippet of their latest choice. Watch out for a very special guest performance at BGT ’17 later this year!
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Year 3/4 Trip to Scarborough

The Butterflies and Ladybirds had a fantastic day out. They learned a lot about coastlines, ate delicious fish and chips and even enjoyed eating an ice cream in the sunshine.
 

 

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Year 3/4 Ladybirds’ Class Assembly

The Ladybirds wowed their audience by singing a song about the water cycle, acting out the process of mummification, showing off some fantastic pieces of homework and they told us about their trip to Scarborough linked to their Rivers and Coastlines topic. Really well done to all the children – they were fantastic.

Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for their support.

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School Council Minutes : 24th March 2017

School Council Minutes : 24th March 2017 

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Grow Your Own Potatoes

We are taking part in an exciting primary school project called ‘Grow Your Own Potatoes’ which teaches children where potatoes come from and how to grow them. Here are children from KS 2 Gardening Club and Year 5 working as a team to plant our seed potatoes. Fingers crossed we have a bumper crop in June!

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Ace Achievements

 

After discussing safety rules, we completed personal physical challenges on the large apparatus. Well done to everyone for successfully achieving their own goals!
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Newsletter 25: Friday, 24th March 2017

Newsletter 25: Friday, 24th March 2017

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Happy Mother’s Day

Year 6 NS are preparing for Mother’s Day ~ have a look at our beautiful flower designs for of our very special Mums and Nanans and those who are like Mums to us.

 

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School Council Minutes : 17th March 2017

School Council Minutes : 17th March 2017

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Newsletter 24: Friday, 17th March 2017

Newsletter 24: Friday, 17th March 2017

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Recycling Magic!

 

Year 6 RH have been busy tidying the school grounds by collecting up lots of the leaves. Not only does this make our school look tidier, but the leaves will also rot down in a couple of years giving us free compost.  We love being environmentally friendly!
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 Spring has Sprung

Spring has finally arrived at Birkwood Primary School. Our school grounds look beautiful with all the lovely flowers in bloom, thank you children! 
 
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New Life

As Easter approaches, we will be looking at the Easter story and talking about why Christians celebrate new life.

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Romans on Display

Our topic display showcases shield designs, stories about life as a Roman legionary or centurion  (written in the first person) and interesting facts about Ancient Rome.

The Bees are extremely proud of their Roman learning so far!
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Watch Me Grow

The topic for the Sunflowers and Daffodils this half term is ‘Watch Me Grow’. The children have been learning all about the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. They planted their very own beanstalks last week and made the Giant’s castle to go with them. They have been looking after them over the past week and are excited that they are starting to grow! 

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Kingfishers Learn About Volcanoes 

 The Kingfishers have loved learning about volcanoes, particularly watching a model one erupting. They have enjoyed using their design skills to create imaginative volcanoes of their own.

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Mini beast habitats 

 

As part of their science work about animals, the Robins have been exploring the school grounds for small creatures. They looked at  the special places (habitats) where different creatures live. They found worms, slugs, snails, a bee and some ants. 

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Key Stage 1 Trip to Yorkshire Museum

The Year 2 Woodpeckers and Year 1/2 Kingfishers had an amazing time at the Yorkshire Museum. They loved learning lots of new things about dinosaurs and fossils.

 
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Year 2 Woodpeckers’ Class Assembly

The Year 2 Woodpeckers entertained a huge audience with their dinosaur assembly on Tuesday. They shared facts, read riddles and performed a very entertaining song. The highlight was a piece of drama to show how fossils were formed.

Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for your continued support.

 

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School Council Visit to the Town Hall

 
Our School Council visited the Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Linda Burgess, at our Town Hall. We were greeted by Madam Mayor our friend, Councillor Wraith. We spent time in the Council Chambers,  took a tour to the top floor of the Town Hall, where Madam Mayor has had beautiful celebration banners displayed. These represent some of Barnsley’s special  people  (past and present).
Councillor Wraith pointed out at least three of the ‘stars’ were from Cudworth!
 
We also spent time in the Mayor’s parlour, one of us tried on her precious robes and we enjoyed looking at the priceless items of interest within this very special office!
 
Our morning was completed, with a trip to Experience Barnsley’s Dickie Bird exhibition. Councillor Wraith was our tour guide.

 

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Newsletter 23: Friday, 10th March 2017

Newsletter 23: Friday, 10th March 2017

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Winning Display

 
The Year 3/4 Bees Harry Potter display won first prize in a competition held by the teacher’s website Collaboroo. 
We are delighted with our prizes!
 
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World Book Day 2017

World Book Day was celebrated by all classes. Both children and members of staff looked great in their costumes. There were many book-related tasks throughout the day, including a door decorating which was judged later in the day by Governors ~ they were all amazing!

 

 

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Pancake Day 

 
The Kingfishers loved Pancake Day and trying out all of the different toppings. Chocolate spread seemed to be the favourite and lemon caused a few funny faces!
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Building a Bug Hotel

 
Key Stage 2 Gardening Club have been preparing the wildlife garden to welcome some very special guests: bugs, beetles and insects!  They have been building a bug hotel by stacking wooden pallets on top of each other (thanks to Emily Hand’s Daddy) and starting to fill the gaps with old bricks, pieces of wood and dry leaves. When it is completely finished, our bug hotel will be a warm dry place for insects to create their nests over the summer, hibernate during the winter and emerge next spring to help us in the garden by keeping pests down and attracting birds.  Great teamwork everybody! 
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Days of the Week

The Robins have been learning the days of the week by singing a song and playing an ordering game. Next week, they will make days of the week paper chains. 

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Newsletter 22: Friday, 3rd March 2017

Newsletter 22: Friday, 3rd March 2017

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The Great Outdoors 

 
This keen gardener spent her lunchtime tidying the Bees’ garden with Janet. She has a great time in the sunshine  and fresh air!
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