Congratulations to our Headteacher, Mrs Julie Allen on receiving an
MBE
in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017.

We are all very proud of her and for our school and community.

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Headteacher’s Welcome Message

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 in Foundation Stage in order to ensure high quality support for our youngest children. 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.  

Over the Summer 2015, we had some major improvements to our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit with lots of new equipment and 2 mini-ICT suite areas; Summer 2016, we have also improved the outdoor provision.

In case you’re wondering what the Double Decker Reading Bus is on our logos ~ we are converting it into a Library resource and our fundraising is helping to buy all new books.  It’s very exciting!

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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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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Wildlife on our Doorstep

We enjoyed spending time in our community garden. It’s brimming with insects, birds and flowers, as well as organic fruits and vegetables. Here is an exciting short video of when ‘Everything stopped for the ants’.

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Come and See The Woodpeckers’ Trailers!

This video showcases the hard work of our Woodpeckers. They have used the iPads to capture still and moving images; then, they have used iMovie to create trailers. Their work was excellent!

 

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Film Day in Year 3/4 Bees

The Bees had a very exciting day. They explored costume and scenery; recorded their own films and they enjoyed watching a film in their classroom cinema.

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The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

We had an amazing time creating a new film trailer for The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. We worked together to take photos, films and put them together using iMovie.

 

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Newsletter 34: Friday, 16th June 2017

Newsletter 34: Friday, 16th June 2017

 

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EYFS Study Mini-Beasts

This half term we are learning all about mini-beasts. Look at our new additions to Foundation Stage 2! We have 10 caterpillars which we are going to be watching over the next few weeks. We have been learning all about the life cycle of a butterfly and are hoping that our caterpillars grow into 10 beautiful butterflies. Fingers crossed! Today we have done some amazing independent writing all about the life cycle. We are so clever!  

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If I were Prime Minister

On GE17 Day, we encouraged each other to share priorities, concerns and worries linked to ourselves, our families, our country and our world. We worked in small production teams to create short films that captured our heartfelt opinions.

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Awesome Audition Opportunity

Our ‘musicals star’ has worked really hard to prepare a monologue and acapella song for an audition. We wish her all the very best with her first step on, what we know will be, a very exciting future on the stage!

 

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Ahoy There!

Year 2 have enjoyed producing some pirate-inspired art. They used paint to create their mast-argh-pieces!

 

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After School Clubs Summer (2) 2017

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Newsletter 33: Friday, 9th June 2017

Newsletter 33: Friday, 9th June 2017

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School Council minutes & report to Governors

Report to Governors Minutes
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One Love at Birkwood

It is so important to create opportunities for difficult discussion topics. Our focus today was positivity, bravery, kindness, determination and selflessness. The children asked questions, commented, shared and recorded notes as part of a variety of tasks. Everyone agreed that the concert in Manchester had a positive impact on a desperate situation. Remember – love not hate!

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Another year, another incredible night!

We hosted our annual talent festival in front of a very supportive audience. A wonderful evening saw dance, song, live music and karate entertain our #IncredibleCommunity. Many thanks to all of the staff involved, especially Mrs Porter, Mrs Sutton and Mr Sandwith and to our wonderful judges Father David, Liz and Dave Martin (Mrs Allen’s children) and of course to all of the amazing performers. A truly memorable occasion. Enjoy some spectacular highlights here:

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Times Tables x Sun = Fun!

The Kingfishers have had a great time learning their times tables with their multiplication relay game. The children loved getting out into the sunshine too.

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Newsletter 32: Thursday, 25th May 2017

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Random Act of Kindness

 

This pupil showed HUGE respect towards someone less fortunate than herself. We are extremely proud of her selfless generosity.

 

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Perfect Poetry

 

Big write task: To write a nature poem in the style of Christina Rossetti.  These children received a headteacher award sticker and personalised feedback from Mrs Allen, acknowledging their skill and imagination. Really well done to each poet.

 

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Tangrams!

Y6RH experimented with tangrams as part of a maths lesson. The children used their knowledge of 2D shapes to talk about the properties of each small shape. The small shapes were then used to create other larger shapes and some creations of our own. 

Can you guess what new pictures have been made?

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Roll up! Roll up!

Y6NS used real newspapers to find the features of reported text. They will use these skills to write a report based on a fictional event.

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Science Day in Year 1/2 Kingfishers

The Kingfishers have loved learning all about space and our solar system. After learning about the different planets and the sun in the planetarium, we created pastel pictures.

 

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Newsletter 31: Friday, 19th May 2017

Newsletter 31: Friday, 19th May 2017

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Fun with Friends

 

It was great fun to enjoy time with friends this evening. Mr. and Mrs. White arranged a cake stall, hot dogs, games and some fantastic DISCO tunes!

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Ding, ding- All aboard!

Year 4 took great pleasure in sharing their reading skills with our F1 morning children. New friendships, social skills and common interests inspired creative learning all round.

 

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Take a Look at Our Flowers…

 

This week, as part of the Science topic ‘Plants’, the Robins have been using their creative design skills to make flowers with roots, a stem, leaves and petals.

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