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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Newsletter 39: Friday, 21st July 2017

Newsletter 39: Friday, 21st July 2017

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Exam Day!

Four of our talented brass musicians attended The Barnsley Music Hub’s ABRSM exam centre at the Civic. The children performed really well in their Grade 1 cornet and baritone exams. They made Mr. Dodd and Mrs. Sutton very proud – shining examples of hard work paying off. 

Somehow, we found ourselves in a lovely little cafe! Cafes do help musicians – fact!

 

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Sports Year 2016 – 2017

What a year for sport at Birkwood! Mr. Campbell and Mrs. Porter have worked tremendously hard once again to provide some wonderful opportunities for our fantastic children. The children loved Ash Randall’s performance! 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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Sports Day 2017

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 all of our wonderful volunteers on the day – it was great to see Mr. Sabin at another one of Birkwood’s sporting events!

 

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Celebrating Birkwood’s 60th Birthday 

What an exciting day! 

We began with a presentation, and sang Happy Birthday with a special cake to celebrate our school’s 60th birthday. Next, we heard about the fantastic career of our wonderful headteacher – Mrs. Allen M.B.E. After that, special visitors (there were lots of these!), the staff, children and our #incrediblecommunity were treated to a garden party with entertainment from all of our classes. All of the performances, from singing to recorders to song-and-dance routines to a flash-mob, were unique and outstanding. In the afternoon, the children had lots of fun on bouncy castles and got to meet Paw Patrol.

Thank you to all of our special visitors for attending and to our #incrediblecommunity for supporting our school in its 60th year.

What a phenomenal day, celebrating a phenomenal school and a phenomenal headteacher!

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First Assembly!

What a debut! The audience were amazed by the confidence of some of our youngest children. the Sunflowers and Daffodils showed off their excellent work, spoke clearly during the assembly and performed wonderful song and dance routines.

Thank you to our Foundation Stage staff for putting together a marvellous show and to our #incrediblecommunity for their continued support.

Well done Sunflowers and Daffodils!

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Newsletter 38: Friday, 14th July 2017

Newsletter 38: Friday, 14th July 2017

 

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Year 1/2 Kingfishers Trip to Scarborough

 

The Kingfishers had an amazing time in Scarborough. The weather was glorious and the sun shone all day. The pirate ship ride was very exciting and we felt like real pirates; we also felt very important on the donkeys. We loved our ice-creams even if we did eat a bit of sand with them too!

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Meet our Musicians 2016-2017

We’re so proud of our hardworking, fun-loving, musical pupils. They receive weekly tuition from Barnsley Music Hub’s excellent teachers. Enjoy your summer break, musicians!

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A Journey into the Land of Literature

Year 4 enjoyed quiet time on the Reading Bus this morning. There’s nothing like half an hour with a good book to start a productive day!

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Making the Grade

Our musicians received fantastic reports from their Barnsley Music Hub peripatetic teachers. Here are just some of the 35 plus children who have weekly lessons in school. Well done to each of them – we know they’ll be focussing hard on their new targets for 2017-18!

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Year 6 Trip to The Lion King 2017

Both Year 6 classes had a fabulous day. They loved the coach journey to our capital city, including a 10am ‘lunch’ and a guided tour from our coach drivers at Yorkshire Rose. The Lyceum Theatre was stunning as always, the performance was memorising and our children loved every minute of the outstanding show. Our stop-off at ‘Maccy Ds’ on the way home was a great way to top this special day off.

 

Thank you to Mrs. Allen MBE and the Friends of Birkwood for providing the children with this amazing opportunity and allowing them to build lifelong memories.

 

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Year 2 Woodpeckers’ Trip to Scarborough

The Woodpeckers had a fantastic day out at Scarborough. The sun was shining (thankfully) so the children got to complete all of the planned activities! The children loved the pirate ship ride and the ride on the donkeys and they had a delicious ice cream. The day was so action-packed that some of our children (and special helpers) had a little nap on the bus home.

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Pentathlon 2017

Our Pentathlon Morning was excellently supported by our #IncredibleCommunity and was filmed and photographed by Year 6 children! The children (from EYFS – Year 6) were absolutely brilliant and the Tuck Shop could hardly keep up with the customers! Many thanks to Mr. Campbell & Mrs. Porter for their organisation of the event as well as the children, staff & Governors helped with all of the events.

 

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Summer Fayre 2017

As always, Birkwood’s Community excelled at our Summer Fayre and what an afternoon! Despite the weather, several activities were on offer! Some amazing stalls were selling an incredible array of things: Miss Greenwood’s Plants were on show, Tombola, Oliver Merchandise, Mr Taylor’s magical balloons and teachers in the stocks were just a sample! Thanks to the ‘Friends of Birkwood’ for their fabulous work! An afternoon to remember! We managed an amazing £1,140 profit! #incrediblecommunity

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Newsletter 37: Friday, 7th July 2017

Newsletter 37: Friday, 7th July 2017 

Parents’ Views July 2017

Parent’s Views

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Newsletter 36: Friday, 29th June 2017

Newsletter 36: Friday, 29th June 2017

 

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Emotional!

Today marked the final Birkwood Brass rehearsal for two of our talented and loyal Year 6 children. We enjoyed time together, eating chocolate bars and playing a few of our favourite songs. Mr. Dodd gave a moving tribute to a pair of outstanding pupils, who are almost ready to ‘leave their Birkwood nest’.

Mr. Dodd thanked each and every member of Birkwood Brass for their dedication and said how proud he was of them for achieving goals that he would never have believed primary school children could do. Mrs. S had something her eye :’) 

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That’s Show Business!

Our Oliver chorus is made up of superstars from Year 1 to Year 6. They are working so hard and enjoying it too!

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Lunchtime Musicians

This group of children requested some time to improvise on percussion. We had a great time working with simple rhythmic patterns, such as cold spaghetti and custard and cheese and pickle sandwiches! Perfect for lunchtime music making.

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A Big Thank You to Callum

During Creative Arts Week, the children heard from Callum who lives in Australia. We learned lots about his life in a different country. The children in Year 3/4 have created this video to say thank you and to tell Callum a little bit about Birkwood!

 

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Creative Arts Week 2017 – Australia

What a fantastic week! We have produced a number of outstanding pieces of work using a range of media, including watercolour, poster paint and cotton buds, as well as clay and tools. We have prepared and cooked lots of delicious food. Furthermore, we welcomed Jonny Cope who taught us about Australian culture and the didgeridoo (yirdaki) and Lorraine Theobald who taught us about native Australian dancing.

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

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EYFS Fun Day

 

The Sunflowers and Daffodils had a fantastic day. They loved playing on the field with the parachute and they enjoyed eating their ice lollies!

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Team Earth’s Trip to Flamingo Land

Team Earth had a fantastic time at Flamingo Land. The victorious house enjoyed going on a range of different rides. Thank you to the governing body and Mrs. Allen for providing the children with this opportunity.

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Oliver Merchandise – Badges

Our badge designs, created by Year 6 children, will be available for 50p each. How fantastic are they?

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Oliver Merchandise

The Y6 NS design team have started work on this year’s merchandise. Badges, key rings, bags and much more will be available from tomorrow!

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Julie Allen M.B.E.

Birkwood welcomed a special visitor on Monday morning: ‘Our’ Carol, Mrs. Allen’s sister. Carol May announced that Mrs.  Allen is to receive an M.B.E. for Services to Education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List!

Special visitors, including family, governors and Mr. Wood, all helped the children and staff to celebrate this very prestigious award. Mrs. Allen will visit Buckingham Palace, with her family, in the near future to receive the M.B.E. and meet Her Majesty the Queen (remember to curtsey Mrs Allen.)

All of the staff, children and members of our #incrediblecommunity are all very proud of your award Mrs. Allen; you truly deserve it!

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The Robins visit Canon Hall Farm

What a fabulous day! We all had:

  • a guided tour by Rachel when we learnt all about the animals
  • lunch in our own room
  • playtime on the adventure playground
  • a milking demonstration and then chilling out with an ice-lolly.

Thank you Mrs Allen, we loved every minute!

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 Cudworth Academic and Achievement Awards at the Town Hall 

We had a really special evening with our friends from Cherrydale and Churchfield. We were so very proud of our children who won awards. Thank you to the Cudworth Ward Alliance for once again recognising the hard work of the teachers and especially the children in our community.

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Music Man

Birkwood’s very own Music Maestro is polishing his performance for his Grade 2 Rock School exam.

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