Outstanding

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Outstanding Leadership and management.
Outstanding Behaviour and safety of pupils.
Outstanding Quality of teaching.
Outstanding Achievement of pupils.
Outstanding Early years provision.

Ofsted said, ‘Something special and something of excellence takes place at Birkwood’.

 

This Outstanding Ofsted Report is a real celebration for our community of children, staff, governors and parents of what happens each and every day. 

We are all so very proud!

Julie Allen (Mrs)
Headteacher

Click the link or the image below to read or print the full report

449140 Birkwood PS – Published Report (October 2014)

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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 lower down the school in order to ensure high quality support for our youngest children. The entire school has been refurbished over the past 4 years to include the playground and a Trim Train on the large playing field, a purpose built kitchen so that children can cook as part of their learning in Science, Maths and Literacy.   A community garden area is soon to be undertaken following successful Big Lottery Grant funding.

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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Ten Out of Ten

Here are some wonderful photos from Year 1 Dolphins. The children worked with Miss Leach on their number bonds to 10 by learning  the Farmer Pete song! They worked practically pretending to be Farmer Pete and trying to keep their sheep safe in their pen. They had lots of fun and now are super at number bonds!

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Musical masterclass and presentation

After just three guitar lessons in Wakefield this musician shared his knowledge with classmates.

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Exciting Investigations

Year 3 made interesting predictions and then conclusions during floating & sinking investigations. The children can use new vocabulary -upthrust and displacement. Great scientific fun with Mr. Summerfield.

 

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What a Peach!

Look at our Papier Mache peach – inspired by the set of James and the Giant Peach at West Yorkshire Playhouse. We need to be patient until it dries then painting can begin!

 

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Digital Reading Comprehension

In a Literacy session this week The Eagles enjoyed using the iPads to complete their reading comprehension task. They were able to navigate their way to a website and read through the information to answer the questions given to them by Mr Hawkins. Well done everyone!

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Spud-tastic!

The growing season will soon be starting at Birkwood and some children from Year 2 Hawks have been helping to prepare our potato crop. To do this they had to look for all the shoots which had already started growing on special potatoes called ‘seed’ potatoes.  They then had to make sure these shoots were pointing towards the light when they stood them in egg cartons. The seed potatoes need to be left in the potting shed near the window for the next 4 weeks so that lots more shoots grow. They can then be planted in the ground and the potatoes will  be ready in 8 to 12 weeks. Anyone for chips?

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‘Brassed On!’

Our brass group are sounding fantastic! Mr Dodd is really pleased with their playing and has remarked on their delightful personalities too! World Class influences proving popular at Birkwood.

 

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Exciting Investigations

Year 3 made interesting predictions and then conclusions during floating & sinking investigations. The children can use new vocabulary -upthrust and displacement. Great scientific fun with Mr. Summerfield.

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Asking The Difficult Question

Year 2 Hawks have had their 1st Philosophy Session with Mrs. Whitfield. They did a fantastic job in their discussions and thinking around a wonderful story. Well done everybody – our Open Futures Curriculum is really proving of great benefit to everyone at Birkwood.

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Pizza Parlour

Year 4 ‘Cook It’ club made their own pizza bases. They are ready for the addition of their choice of toppings next week!

 

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