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 lower down the school in order to ensure high quality support for our youngest children. The entire school has been refurbished over the past 4 years to include the playground and a Trim Train 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 funding, we also have a community 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 we have had some major improvements to our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit with lots of new equipment and 2 mini-ICT suite areas.
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
We ALL know the most beautiful story and the reason for Christmas. It NEVER EVER tires as you can see here! Look out for our EYFS Nativity – we hope this little snippet of a rehearsal encourages you to pay the actors a visit! A brilliant effort, well done everyone so far!
Our wonderful Choir have learnt Gareth Taylor’s beautiful Christmas Carol. One of our Barnsley Children’s Choir Representatives sounds amazing as a soloist too! We are in for a real treat over our Christmas Performances.
Year 1 Starfish are getting into the Christmas spirit, making some wonderful decorations for their classroom!
Year 5SS ‘CookIt’ after school club have been making buns already for the Christmas fair on Friday! We think they’ll make a fortune! (Fingers crossed.) Well done everybody.
Mrs Allen was accompanied by 3 wonderful School Councillors to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. We presented a cheque for £526.75 on behalf of our school. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this possible. As you can see, there was even a reminder of Birkwood in the shape of a friend of ‘Our Gerald!’ The cheque was received with huge thanks – a wonderful cause and a wonderful achievement, well done everybody.
This Year 6 Self Made Blog chronicles a wonderful Life Experience. Cricket at Lord’s, Football at Wembley or Tennis at Wimbledon all may only match dancing at the Royal Albert Hall! As a member of Fearons Middleton School of Dance, the group beat more than 1000 applicants to take part in the Dance Proms 2015. On this blog, look out for their Coach Journey Boredom, delayed Hotel Rooms, Sweets too but most of all the glimpse of that magical stage! A great experience and a wonderful self-edited video.
Thanks to Mr Jones & Family, school is now trimmed up and ready for Christmas. Our real Christmas tree is looking absolutely magnificent following some sterling work over the weekend. We are also all set for ‘Sponsor a Christmas Bauble.’ We have already received lots of orders and Mrs Whitfield is in the process of making them and then hanging them onto our special Dedication Tree. They’re still available for £1 or £1.50 personalised in memory of/or dedicated to a loved one.
Some more wonderful homework from Year 5. Here is this weekend’s submission: A Banner, Some Flags, A WWII Cake and some posters encouraging Britains to join the War Effort. Some more super work, well done everybody.
We were delighted to take part in the North East Barnsley Carols & Christmas Light Switch On at Cudworth Methodist Church. Our choir sang with children from Cherry Dale and Churchfield in the Methodist Church. It was a super evening – have a listen here!
Our Sporting Star of the Week is from Year 4. He has impressed Mr. Campbell with his wonderful attitude to PE during every single lesson and during every single after school club. Well done, a superb effort!
Many thanks to Michael Dugher MP for popping into Birkwood with his annual Christmas Card Awards. We have a Year 5 runner-up and our overall school winner from Year 1 Starfish! Her design will feature on Mr. Dugher’s official Christmas Card and will be seen all over the world. A wonderful achievement, well done!
As promised! Our 2 Karate Stars from The Bees & Mr. Summerfield provided an amazing Assembly Master Class in Karate! Highly trained stars in action, so PLEASE no trying at home! Well done chaps, a wonderful Special Assembly Treat!
Well done to the week’s Headteacher’s Superstar – she’s from Year 5SS and has really earned a wonderful tribute from our Karate Expert, “She’s just a diamond and she tries her best every single day!” We are really proud of you, well done!
Our Year 4 Class Assembly was wonderful! The progress the children have made this term in English, Maths, Art, Dance and Brass is amazing. Their assembly was very creative based around their topic of Africa; lots of families were able to attend ~ thank you for your support. Well done to all of the children, we really enjoyed it! Thank you to Mrs Winwood for doing such a great job teaching the children this term; Mr Markham attended assembly and enjoyed it too; thank you also to Mrs Porter.
Year 1/2 Gymnastics was on Thursday 26th November. The children have been practising hard after school with Mrs Porter, Mrs Shaw and Miss Jazmine Mayor. They were absolutely amazing and scooped a 2nd & 3rd Place! MANY thanks to our staff, supporters and to Team Activ – an enormous well done though to our Great Gymnastic Key Stage 1 Stars!
Some absolutely amazing Mental Maths in Year 5 – Long Multiplication in our heads!
We’re getting ready for a musical Christmas at Birkwood – these Year 4 Clarinetists are certainly ‘in tune!’ A wonderful listen even we say so ourselves!
As our mining artefacts are returned to their owners we would like to thank our grandparents and great uncles for sharing them with us! A token of our thanks – packet of Maltesers each for them all -enjoy 💖
In ‘CookIt’ Sessions, our EYFS Daisies have been making M&M Cake! The photographs of the preparation process are so wonderful, we had to share them!
Well done to the Year 2/3 Bees who performed a fabulous Class Assembly to showcase their learning from this term. The theme was ‘Our Mining Heritage,’ and the presentation included Art, Poetry, History and a fabulous rousing song, ‘Working Down The Mine!’ A particular highlight was the use of actual Mining Equipment – a lamp and real Mining Clothing Suit lent by our #IncredibleCommunity. Thank you to everyone who was able to support the performance, well done to Miss Spellman & Miss Baum and of course to the Brilliant Bees – a wonderful afternoon.
Here are Year 5 SS tidying up the flowerbed in the staff car park. It was tricky telling the difference between a weed and a plant, but everybody did a great job!
The Year 2/3 Bees have shared their visit to the National Coal Mining Museum during their wonderful Class Assembly. Some lovely memories of a great day!
Our last ‘CookIt’ session with Mrs. Whitfield and our chefs wanted to make pizza! We must say they look amazing and hope that the Cooks enjoyed eating them as much as they did making them! Thank you Mrs. Whitfield, we’ve loved our turn in ‘CookIt’ Club.
We were over the moon when this beautiful Grimethorpe Colliery Coal truck chugged into class today. Thank you very much Mr Taylor. It’s parked up next to the brass band instrument on our display
Well done to our resident Karate Stars, they have done so well that they received a medal over the weekend. Look out for Friday’s Assembly – a Special Demonstration has been arranged!
They went on a shape hunt around the classroom and recorded the shapes that they found on a tally chart. They used circles and ovals to make teddy bears.
This week’s Sporting Star has had a brilliant start to PE & Sport at Birkwood. He has managed to impress Mrs. Porter greatly during his first Ballroom Dance Session. A wonderful start, well done!
Well done to our latest Headteachers’s Superstar. From Year 2/3 Ladybirds, Mrs. Sutton gave him a wonderful endorsement in Special Assembly, “He’s a really clever boy in all areas, but more importantly he’s very kind too!” A super young man, well done, we’re very proud of you!