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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Britain is At War with Germany

Our classroom is brimming with beautiful writing and artwork linked to the beginning of World War 2. We are all very proud-  feel free to come and have a look!

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Keep Calm and Write Creatively

What an impressive Big Write this morning! We were all keen to ‘show off’ and share our learning about World War 2 so far.

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Latest from Team Laycock

We are looking forward to following the musical progress of our brand new wind players.

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Newsletter 2: Friday, 14th September 2018

Autumn 1 Week 2

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Game Designers

Year 6 have made a great start to programming their own games. They have planned their games; designed backgrounds and characters; decided on a time and score element; and, used 2Code Gorilla on PurpleMash to begin their creations. Mr. Sandwith has been very impressed!

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Hedgehogs found on The Reading Bus 

Miss Betts is so pleased with how well The Hedgehogs have settled in. This week, they visited The Reading Bus to share stories with their friends.

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They’ve Got Rhythm!

Today was the day when Mr. Ramskill launched our brand new percussion department. At present, we have four Key Stage 1 children receiving excellent musical tuition. Well done #TeamRamskill

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Family History

What a treat for this Kingfisher to share her World War 2 family history with her peers!

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Newsletter 1: Friday, 7th September 2018

Autumn 1 Week 1

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New ‘Kids’ on the Block 

Our Year 3/4 Kingfishers had their first ever brass lesson with Mr. Dodd today. It was really lovely to watch their faces as they opened cases and saw shiny instruments, ready to play. Watch this space for updates on their musical progress.

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Introducing Birkwood Brass – Here they are…

Mr. Dodd’s newest recruits. They met with Mr. Dodd to discuss instrument choices, rehearsal and lesson commitments and the honour of ‘stepping into the shoes’ of Birkood Brass. All twelve musicians are set to work hard and enjoy themselves. This year, Mr. Dodd will be teaching our brass players on Thursdays. We also welcome Mr. Lennon as guest conductor of Birkwood Brass on Thursdays after school.

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Keep Calm and Carry on Painting

We launched our new World War 2 topic with a fabulous observational art lesson. The quality of work is amazing!

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Here is the News

Some great speaking, listening, writing and sharing about our summer adventures.

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A Wonderful Duet

The staff team were treated to a lovely duet at lunchtime! We are all excited to see how much progress our brass players will make.

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Introducing…. 

Our brand new pianists and keyboard players. 

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Peace Lily

Year 6 were inspired by Hilary Robinson’s ‘Peace Lily’ to create still-life pastel drawings of a lily.

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The Wizard of Oz

Another brilliant end of year performance: The WONDERFUL Wizard of Oz. The children were once again outstanding and performed excellently.

Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for coming to support (we are sure you loved the show) and to Mrs. Porter, Mrs. Sutton and Mrs. Rennison, for putting this fantastic show together.

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Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly

 
 
A very difficult time here at Birkwood when we have to say farewell and good luck to our Year 6 children. They have all worked extremely hard this year; they have made all the staff (especially Mrs. Birch and Mr. Sandwith) so very proud and they should be very pleased with all that they have achieved.
 
Good luck to all next year and keep working hard!
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End of Year Assembly 2018

What a brilliant assembly! We enjoyed celebrating the achievements of all of our children. Well done to the Year 6 children who received special awards and to all the other children throughout school.

Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for their support.

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Sports Awards 2018

We have some outstanding young sportsmen and sportswomen at Birkwood. During this special assembly, we celebrated those achievements and awarded certificates to the winners from Pentathlon and Sports Day – well done Team House Fire!

 

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A Year of Sport 2017 -2018

What a year for sport at Birkwood! Mr. Campbell and Mrs. Porter worked tremendously hard once again to provide some wonderful opportunities for our fantastic children. The children loved the skipping performance in the Sports Assembly too! We must also thank Mr Sabin and all the enthusiastic parents who have supported the children in many events across the borough.

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Thank you, Mr. Dodd

Here’s a glimpse of our celebrations and the thank you book from #teamdodd to Mr Dodd. We think Mr D might have had something in his eye when he received his keepsake book.

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School’s Out For The Summer

Many thanks to Mrs. White for a great disco! We all had a fantastic time as well as raising £251.50 for school funds.

 

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Yorkshire Show

Miss Betts, Miss Greenwood and a team of keen gardeners enjoyed a trip to the Great Yorkshire Show. They really enjoyed being part of one of the biggest agricultural events in the English calendar!

 

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Newsletter 37: Thursday, 19th July 2018

Summer 2 Week 7

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Creative Arts Week 2018 – Africa

What a fantastic week! We welcomed the Afemai Children’s Trust to our school again and enjoyed a range of different workshops. We listened to African stories and tasted some delicious foods, thanks to Papa Jim.  We also took part in dance workshops, produced vibrant masks and we played djembe drums. If that wasn’t enough, all children then took part in a range of creative activities in their own classes too! 

Thank you to Miss Betts for organising such a brilliant week; the children had a fantastic time.

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History in the Making

Something tells us that the Birkwood Brass musicians are destined for great things! Today they autographed a ‘brick in the wall’ of our music room in celebration of their music making at Birkwood.

 

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Star of the Show

We were delighted that one of our AMAZING cornet players took the stage as soloist for the annual Barnsley Music Hub Summer concert. All of our #TeamDodd musicians were on top form and it was wonderful to see them all receive graduation certificates; they’re moving from Intermediate Band to Met Band and Concert Band in September!

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Sports Day 2018

Sports Day was a great success, the weather was superb and it was wonderful to see so many families supporting the children.  Once again, some parents and children were saying that it’s their favourite day of the year! The children tried so hard and we definitely have some sporting stars of the future!

Many thanks to Mrs Porter especially and all of our staff who helped to ensure the event was another success!

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Celebrating Our Talents in a Fitting Location

It was a joy to spend the morning at St John’s Church, Cudworth, with Father David, Mr. Dodd and Mr. Taylor. Our choir and brass ensemble recorded some of our musical favourites to celebrate all that we have achieved and enjoyed together! The performances are just wonderful.

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