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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The Art of Observation

The Woodpeckers learned skills needed for close observational artwork. They focussed on shading, light, shapes and colours and the quality of the children’s completed work was excellent!

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Green Screen Monologues

 

The Panthers have decided to record their Titanic monologues using Green Screen.

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Handball

Here are some photos of the action from today’s Year 5/6 Handball, held at Hoyland Leisure Centre. Our teams played really well in all of their games.

 

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Titanic Facts Using Green Screen

 

The Panthers have been recording while using Green Screen to compile their facts about the Titanic. They created their own scripts and added the visual representations.

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Identifying 3D Shapes

 

The Panthers have been identifying 3D shapes from their 2D representations. They started by identifying the 2D shapes that make up the nets; then, they created a wide range of 3D shapes. The key was to show their understanding.

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Sports Hall Athletics

Our Year 5 Lions came in 3rd place at today’s Y5/6 Sports Hall Athletics at Barnsley College – well done!

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Newsletter 19: Friday, 23rd February 2018

Spring 2 Week 2

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School Council Minutes 9th Feb 2018

Birkwood Primary School School Council Meeting 9.2.18

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Performing Tomorrow… Today!

Our euphonium player is taking every opportunity to learn from THE EXPERT! Mr. Dodd is delighted to share his skills with such a talented and willing student. We are all ‘blown away’ by this beautiful silky tone.

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The Big Type

Year 6 have enjoyed becoming scientific researchers this week. First, they found out a range of facts about an animal of their choosing. Next, they used this information to formulate a plan. Finally, they typed up their non-chronological reports which were written for a Key Stage 2 audience. Mr. Sandwith was very impressed with the finished products!

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Superstar of the Week!

Mrs. Allen’s Superstar of the Week, presented by Mr. Froggatt, is always smiling! She always tries her very best and she is an all-round superstar – well done!

 

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Mamma Mia!

The Year 4 Jaguars have enjoyed their musical performances of ‘Mamma Mia’ this half term, and have been practising using their vocal skills and working with glockenspiels. They have also been focussing on finding the pulse, pitch and rhythm in a wide range of Abba songs.

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Country Dance

The Panthers have been mastering their country dance with Mrs. Porter. Take a look at their progress!

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Titanic Watercolours

The Year 5 Lions have been using watercolours to create depth perception in their art work.

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Superstar!

Mrs. Allen’s Superstar of the Week, presented by Mr. Froggatt, is kind, gentle and always a good friend. She always tries her best and she is an all-round superstar – well done!

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Titanic Poetry

 
This week, the Year 5 Lions have been building on their poetic volcabulary to produce some fantastic quatrain poetry. Why don’t you listen to some of our amazing work?
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Newsletter 18: Friday, 2nd February 2018

Spring 1 Week 5.doc 2018

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Get Your Chopsticks Ready! 

The Daisies love celebrating the Chinese New Year, especially when they get to taste spring rolls, noodles, rice and prawn crackers. Prawn crackers is a clear favourite – yummy yummy in our tummies! 

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The Grand Unveiling

The Year 4 Jaguars enjoyed having their special visitor, Mrs. Allen MBE, coming in to unveil their magnificent Titanic display. Each cabin was designed and created by the children to create this wonderful display for our topic – The Titanic.

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Ask It with Nick Chandley

The Year 4 Jaguars have enjoyed their time with Nick Chandley when he came in to do an Ask It session with us. We discovered that a lot of us are philosophical thinkers!

 

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Green Screen in the Panthers

 The Panthers have been linking their topic with ICT to recreate scenes from the Titanic. Using a ‘green screen’, the children have been able to combine photos and edit them to make them look real.
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What a Celebration! 

 
Children from Year 1 to Year 6 enjoyed hot dogs, cakes, pop, crisps, dancing and fun at our annual Birkwood Valentine Disco. Mrs. White and her helpers provided a fantastic evening for everyone. £297.55 was raised for school funds too! Thank you #incrediblecommunity.
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Team Relays 

Our Key Stage 1 children took part in Team Relays at Kirk Balk Academy. Our yellow team finished in 2nd place – Well done!

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Safer Internet Day 2018 – A Better Internet Starts With You

Mr. Sandwith led a special assembly, including drama from Year 6, to remind the children about keeping themselves safe and making the right choices online. The key messages were: make others happy online; have fun safely using the internet and make sure to report anything that causes upset or worry.

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A Century Later…

 
Today marks one hundred years since some women were given the chance to vote. Our philosophy stimulus was ‘Votes for Women’. The children discussed, debated and shared facts, thoughts and ideas based on the suffragettes.
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All That Jazz 

 
Birkwood Brass are competing in the ‘Beginners’ category of the National Youth Brass Band Championships in April. Here they are rehearsing one of their pieces which shows their versatility.
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Capacity

The robins loved measuring the capacity of containers using non-standard measures. We are now learning about millilitres and litres, and understanding how to read scales.
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Top Tuba Tunes! 

One of our talented Birkwood Brass musicians is working hard in preparation for his ABRSM grade 3. As you can hear, his hard work is paying off!
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Investigating Dino Poo

The Robins had a very exciting, and disgusting, afternoon investigating different dinosaur diets. We had to decide whether certain dinosaurs were carnivores, herbivores or omnivores depending on what we found in their poo.

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Music Makers 

 
This lovely group of Year 6 Birkwood musicians are choosing to relax in the music room during lunchtime. Their music making is beautiful!
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