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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Times Tables x Sun = Fun!

The Kingfishers have had a great time learning their times tables with their multiplication relay game. The children loved getting out into the sunshine too.

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Newsletter 32: Thursday, 25th May 2017

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Random Act of Kindness

 

This pupil showed HUGE respect towards someone less fortunate than herself. We are extremely proud of her selfless generosity.

 

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Perfect Poetry

 

Big write task: To write a nature poem in the style of Christina Rossetti.  These children received a headteacher award sticker and personalised feedback from Mrs Allen, acknowledging their skill and imagination. Really well done to each poet.

 

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Tangrams!

Y6RH experimented with tangrams as part of a maths lesson. The children used their knowledge of 2D shapes to talk about the properties of each small shape. The small shapes were then used to create other larger shapes and some creations of our own. 

Can you guess what new pictures have been made?

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Roll up! Roll up!

Y6NS used real newspapers to find the features of reported text. They will use these skills to write a report based on a fictional event.

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Science Day in Year 1/2 Kingfishers

The Kingfishers have loved learning all about space and our solar system. After learning about the different planets and the sun in the planetarium, we created pastel pictures.

 

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Newsletter 31: Friday, 19th May 2017

Newsletter 31: Friday, 19th May 2017

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Fun with Friends

 

It was great fun to enjoy time with friends this evening. Mr. and Mrs. White arranged a cake stall, hot dogs, games and some fantastic DISCO tunes!

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Ding, ding- All aboard!

Year 4 took great pleasure in sharing their reading skills with our F1 morning children. New friendships, social skills and common interests inspired creative learning all round.

 

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Take a Look at Our Flowers…

 

This week, as part of the Science topic ‘Plants’, the Robins have been using their creative design skills to make flowers with roots, a stem, leaves and petals.

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The Ducks Visit Y1 Robins

 

The ducklings took a trip to our classroom. We all gently stroked them. Lots of us wanted to have a hold but some of  the ducklings were not too keen on that and would only sit still for a couple of us. We still enjoyed watching them waddle around and we thought about how they would change as they grow up.

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The History of the Bus

 

Thank you Joel Musgreave for looking into the history of the Birkwood Reading Bus. The information included in this poster is fascinating!

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Celebration Day

 Y6RH have enjoyed a day of exercise, treats and games today to celebrate their hard work during SATs week. It is lovely to see them enjoying some ‘down time’ after completing their assessments. We are very proud of each and every one of you and would like to say ‘thank you’ for being so grown up and working so hard this week and ‘well done’ for showing off all you have learnt at exactly the right time.

 

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All Aboard

 

The Year 5 children have thoroughly enjoyed going on the Birkwood Reading Bus. They have loved selecting texts then getting the opportunity to read them outside in the sunshine

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Nature Poetry

 

We have been learning about Christina Rossetti & sharing some of her beautifully composed poems. Here’s ‘Hurt No Living Thing’:

 

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Flute Update

This woodwind duo are working hard for their teacher. Watch out for a performance at BGT 2017…

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Year 3/4 Visit Dewa Roman Experience in Chester

The Year 3/4 Butterflies and Ladybirds visited Chester and went to Dewa Roman Experience. They loved being Romans for the day – even going on patrol. They also loved being archaeologists, exploring the excavations.

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At One With Nature

Year 4 spent time taking photographs to represent nature in our school grounds. They were challenged to select just 10 of their favourite photos and use crop, zoom and effect features. The children worked independently to add text and music to create an iMovie. The quality of the final movies was very impressive!

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Newsletter 30: Friday, 12th May 2017

Newsletter 30: Friday, 12th May 2017

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It’s non fiction-FACT!

We’re taking a close look at non fiction texts this half term.

 

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Thanks to our #Incrediblecommunity

Our bake sale, to raise money for the crisis in East Africa, was given outstanding support from our families. We are delighted to announce that £200 is on its way to Oxfam

 

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Using new & familiar skills…

Our task: Use prior knowledge, non fiction texts & appropriate research to complete reading comprehension questions about British wildlife in May time.

 

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Just sharing….

 

Our Y3 pupil loved spending quality time with his new friend from F2. They shared a ‘scary’ alien story.

 

 

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Practically Parallel

 

We took our maths lesson to the outdoors. Missions involved parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines.

 

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Lovely Lunchtimes

 

It’s great to spend time with children at lunchtime. They really enjoy exploring, inventing, making, pretending, laughing, socialising, helping and having lots of fun!

 

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Making the Grade

 

Congratulations to our Year 6 musicians. They worked really hard to achieve ABRSM Grade 3 and 4 baritone. Really well done to both of them and many thanks to Mr Dodd.

 

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Mountains and Rivers

We are loving learning about the British Isles.  Our displays showcase our beautiful writing, artwork and research. We know all about major rivers, capital cities, compass points, wild flowers, wild creatures and major British mountains too.

 

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Girl Power

These two girls have ‘upgraded’ to brand new instruments. These beautiful instruments were gifted to our school by Professor Webster and Besson. Our girls have impressed Mr Dodd and are continuing their studies on Bb tuba & tenor horn. Watch this space!

 

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Roman Times…

Patrolling like a Roman in Chester
The Butterflies enjoyed their Roman Patrol in Chester. They loved experiencing life as a Roman Soldier. 

What Wonderful Watercolours!
To begin our topic, we sketched Roman Soldiers and finished them with watercolour paints.

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