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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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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New Skills

How impressive are our woodwind musicians? Here they are after only a couple of improvisation lessons from their fantastic teacher!

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REALLY Good News! 

 

We spent time discussing the amazing rescue mission to free a youth football team and their coach from a cave in Thailand.

 

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Celebrating Bastille Day

Some of our Key Stage 2 children have had a fabulous, fun-filled French afternoon celebrating Bastille Day with Madame Brittain and other children from local schools.

They showed off their teamwork and resilience in building 3D models of Parisian architecture, played pétanque, ate lots of yummy French foods and decorated cakes. They also delved into Horrible Histories to learn all about The French Revolution, the storming of the Bastille Prison and the years of terror that followed (including the invention of the guillotine!). They finished the day building Eiffel Towers out of marshmallows and spaghetti – Fantastique!

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Newsletter 36: Friday, 13th July 2018

Summer 2 Week 6

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Shape Experts!

Check out our beautiful shape butterflies! We are so clever. We can name the shapes we have used and even talk about what they look like. We are so clever!

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African Masks

Wow! Look at the amazing African masks our lovely Daisies have created! 

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Yummy, Yummy, Yummy… I’ve got food in my tummy! 

We were so lucky to taste one of our amazing parent’s African food. It was truly delicious. Thank you! #incrediblecommunity 

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You can’t stop the beat! 

The Daisies loved exploring on the African drums during our Africa Creative Arts Week; they even tapped out their own rhythms!

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Who are we going to call…… The Fact Finders 

We are amazing at finding facts and information from the National Geographic Kids’ website. Did you know that giraffes need less than 3 hours of sleep everyday and usually sleep standing up? I bet Mrs Allen knows that because she loves giraffes!
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Down in the jungle where the Daisies go …

The Daisies love their new jungle areas ~ we are turning into explorers. 

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Year 6 Sleepover

Year 6 children had a fantastic NIGHT at school. They watched a bit of Belgium vs Brazil in this year’s World Cup; they enjoyed playing out with each other on the playground;  they showed off their keepy-uppy skills; they created some fantastic World Cup Themed T-shirts; they watched a movie before bed and they got a little bit of sleep! 

Mr. Sandwith would like to thank Daz, Mr. Summerfield and Mrs. Rennison for their help on Friday night, and Mrs. Birch and Mrs. Sutton for staying the night – another successful evening!

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Birkwood Choir 

Take a look at the fantastic performances from Birkwood Choir at theBarnsley Council Employee Excellence Awards Ceremony:

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Summer Fayre 2018

A huge Thank You and well done to Mrs. White and her band of helpers as the Friends of Birkwood Summer Fayre went tremendously well! We could not have asked for better weather – a true SUMMER Fayre – and the Birkwood Community were out in great numbers to support the school’s latest event. An astonishing £1,127.55 profit was made – every penny of which goes straight back to our children. The stalls were great fun – some were tasty too! 

 

A wonderful afternoon and thanks again for your support!

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Exam Day

The day that we have been preparing for arrived! Seven of our talented musicians travelled to the Civic to take their Grade 3 brass exams. Mr. Dodd was delighted with our children’s performances; we are all very proud. Once the final scale was played, it was time to celebrate with cake and drinks. The owners of Aroma Café made everyone very welcome – thank you!

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Year 6’s Trip to The Lion King

It was an amazing day for staff, children and parents. We met at school at around 7am and were eating our lunch at the M1 services by 10am! We enjoyed a sight seeing tour of London from our coach (including Buckingham Palace where Mrs. Allen MBE met the Queen). After that, we went to the highlight of the day – the performance at the Lyceum Theatre. It was breath-taking and most of the staff were watching the children rather than the show to see their faces! Another highlight was the visit to MacDonalds at Watford Gap Services on the way home! It was most definitely a ‘once in a lifetime experience’ and the staff said it was the best performance they had seen yet.

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Read All About It

In this week’s Chronicle, there is a lovely piece about what makes Birkwood Primary School such a special place.

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Read All About It…

Our African-themed Creative Arts Week made it into the Chronicle this week. Thank you to Miss Betts (who is enjoying a drumming workshop in the photo) for organising the week!

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