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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Futsal

Really well done to both teams in the Year 5/6 Boys’ Futsal competition held at Shoot 5. One of our teams finished in 5th place and the other team finished in 3rd place!

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School Council Meeting – Minutes 18th January 2019

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Newsletter 17: Friday, 18th January 2019

Spring 1 Week 2

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Darwin Sketches

Children from Year 5/6 and Year 6 have enjoyed being taught how to sketch like Charles Darwin by Mrs. Birch. 

 

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Masterpieces

We are very proud of our L.S.Lowry pastel artwork. We’re sure you’ll agree that it looks fantastic on display.

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Dino Inspired Learning

During maths, the Hedgehogs have been using their measuring skills to mark out the dimensions of different dinosaurs…we nearly needed a bigger playground! They have also been spending some time researching one of their favourites dinosaurs, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Our Roar-some New Topic!

The Hedgehogs are loving their new topic! They are very enthusiastic and are already producing some super work.

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Philosophy

 

 

We used a photograph to inspire discussions today. The children expressed caring, realistic, inspirational, brave and outspoken views in favour of helping the homeless.

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Titanic Topic

Titanic Topic

 

Thanks to Mr Dodd for bringing our Titanic Topic to these boys’ brass lesson today. They already sound fabulous…and it’s week one- well done!

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A Message From Zambia

We are very proud to be able to support this important mission.

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Brass is Back!

What a positive start to music making in 2019. Lessons in guitar, flute, percussion, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, cornet, tenor horn, baritone and violin have all taken place this week! We love our Barnsley Music Hub peripatetic teachers.

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Happy to Help Others

We proudly sent over a range of T-shirts to support a school in Zambia and we were delighted to receive these photographs from a member of our #incrediblecommunity of the T-shirts being put to good use.

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School Council Meeting – Minutes 11th January 2019

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After School Clubs Spring (1) 2019

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Newsletter 16: Friday, 11th January 2019

Spring 1 Week 1

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In the Media

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Launching the Unsinkable Ship

Today was our creative launch day as our new topic is the Titanic and we are excited! We designed and constructed Titanic LEGO models (complete with iceberg). We made clay jewellery for the 1st class passengers (with real pearls and diamonds). We created antique life buoys and we used our careful water colour and sketching skills to represent the Titanic.

 

A fabulous day all round. Well done Kingfishers – the Titanic has docked!

 

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So Many to Choose From! 

We are delighted to enjoy time with books of our choice each and every day!

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Whoops a Daisy Angel

What a fantastic performance! It was so good to see that ‘Whoops a Daisy Angel’ was successful in the end. Excellent singing, clear narration and tremendous acting all made this into a wonderful show from our Sunflowers and Daffodils.Thank you to our Foundation Stage staff for putting the show together and to the members of our community who showed their support.

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Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

 

Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Sutton rocked around Birkwood’s Christmas tree in the run-up to Christmas. Here is a video of them singing alongside Barnsley Music Hub, as part of the Christmas concert that they kindly held for us once again!

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PE and Dance Quotes from the Children

PE and Dance Quotes from the children

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Soirée 2018

Our 2018 Christmas Soiree has been held in front of yet another Full House! Our children performed in several groups: Birkwood Brass, our Drama Group who provided a “War Time Christmas!”, Formation Team, Birkwood Choir and a range of other instrument players – thank you to Mrs. Sutton, Mrs. Porter and staff from Barnsley Music Hub for organising the entertainment and to Mrs. Allen for being a wonderful compere. Our #incrediblecommunity turned out in great numbers to support the wonderful children as did many members of staff! A memorable evening – well done everyone!

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Birkwood Choir Performs at St. John’s Church

Our children sang beautifully at St. John’s Church. The members of our #incrediblecommunity who attended enjoyed listening to a range of Christmas carols. Thank you to Father David for his friendship.

 

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Cinderella

Here are a selection of photos from our wonderful Christmas Pantomime: Cinderella. Thank you to Mrs. Porter, Mrs. Rennison and the children for putting on such a wonderful show. It was great to see so many members of our #incrediblecommunity there too – thank you for your ongoing support.

 

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Reading Morning

The Sunflowers and Daffodils enjoyed a gorgeous reading morning with their special grown ups! They shared books and enjoyed a drink with a slice of toast. What a special morning!

 

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Our Christmas Party 

The Daisies had such a wonderful time at our Christmas party! They danced the day away and we also had a sneaky party food break. Yummy! 

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Santa Claus is coming to town!

We have been so good this year, so Father Christmas gave us a little visit. We had cuddles, he asked us what we would like for Christmas, and he even gave us an early present. 

 

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Nursery Rhyme Nativity!

Wow! We are so proud of our little Daisies. They were amazing in our Nativity and looked adorable too! They sang their little hearts out and made us very proud. Thank you for all your support to special grown ups who attended #incrediblecommunity 

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Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Mrs. Sabin…..

Our very special lady, Mrs. Sabin, is 40 on Boxing Day. The Daisies enjoyed celebrating her birthday this morning. We even had some special birthday buns for all the children ~ we hope you have a magical birthday Mrs. Sabin.

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Newsletter 15: Friday, 21stDecember 2018

Autumn 2 Week 7

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