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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Maths Masters

We enjoyed the challenge of applying our knowledge and skills to a money mastery activity.

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Dodgeball

Here are some photos from the Key Stage 2 Dodgeball competition held at Barnsley College. Both teams got through to the semi finals and Birkwood A team finished 2nd overall. Well done!

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National News

 
Our amazing brass group spent the morning in a photo shoot with a photographer who works for the Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian. He complimented our pupils on their professional behaviour. Here is a behind the scenes exclusive!
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Mayor’s Musical Stars

 
The 2nd part of our Birkwood Brass tour took us to Barnsley Civic, where our children opened the prestigious Mayor’s Musical Stars Concert. The concert was held to celebrate Barnsley’s outstanding musical talent and to raise funds for the Mayor’s chosen charities.
Birkwood Brass were ‘note perfect’ and received positive comments from many of the audience, as well as the Mayor.
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Creative Writers

This week’s Big Write is inspired by our beautiful new display. It showcases our Viking creative art and design work.
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Primary School Council Meeting – Minutes 20th April 2018

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Newsletter 25: Friday, 20th April 2018

Summer 1 Week 2

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Lunchtime Teamwork

Year 6 took a break from the sunshine by working together in revision teams at lunchtime.

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Addition and Subtraction

This week in Maths, the Year 1 Dragonflies have been learning to add and subtract one digit and two numbers to 20. We found it very interesting to look at and discuss equality and we all understand that a 10 stick is equal to 10 ones. Children were able to show, using the equipment, their understanding of place value and talk about how the objects related to the written number. This practical work has helped our mental methods and some children can now add really quickly in their heads!

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Filming For Look North Part Two

After a very successful filming at Grimethorpe Colliery Band ‘s headquarters, Abi from Look North called in at school to continue with interviews. Mrs. Allen, Mr. Dodd, Professor Roger Webster (of Grimethorpe Colliery Band) and our incredibly talented musicians were interviewed for a special feature which highlights Birkwood’s positive links with our neighbours, the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band!  Thank you to Mrs. Sutton for all of her hard work and dedication to our Musical Stars!

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Beautiful Birkwood Hoodies

Mrs. Allen has treated Birkwood Brass to brand new hoodies. We will be wearing them on our ‘tour’ to the National Youth Brass Band Competition in Coventry this Sunday.

 

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New Computers!

Year 6 have enjoyed using computers to research inspirational people, and to access Purple Mash, ActiveLearn and Espresso to help them prepare for their SATs. Thank you Mrs. Allen and Code Green for our fantastic, speedy, new computers!

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BGT 2018

It’s audition time at Birkwood. Today marks the first day of auditions. Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Sutton were delighted with the variety of acts, the standard of performance is very high!

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Viking Art

 

The Kingfishers are really enjoying their new topic… The Vikings! In art this week, they drew and painted Viking Longships. They produced fantastic, detailed creations!

 
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Position and Direction 

The Kingfishers used their ICT time this week to practise what they learnt in maths. They used Purple Mash to complete programming challenges that involved position and direction.

 
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Design It!

Everyone in Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed their first ever lesson linked to design. After excellent support from the Design Museum in Kensington, we are encouraging the children to consider iconic designs, style, practical use, safety, ethical issues and marketing. Discussion and questioning was interesting, exciting and carefully considered. Here are a few clips which capture our pupils’ enthusiasm towards Open Futures’ new Design It strand.

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Pâques en France

Tous nos enfants de l’année 3 ont apprécié un quiz de vocabulaire de Pâques conçu par Mme Britten.
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#TeamFuller’s New Recruits

Here are our newest guitarists from Year 2 and Year 3 with their teacher, Barnsley Music Hub’s Mr. Fuller.

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Fabulous French

Madame Brittain makes our French lessons so much fun! Here we are thoroughly enjoying learning the parts of the body!

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The Vikings Have Landed! 

 

The Woodpeckers had a fantastic day building an (almost) life size long ship. The children worked in teams, sharing their skills and ideas with each other. Mrs. Sutton and Miss Hayward were delighted with the children’s independent work.

 

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Sponsored Walk 2018

This week, we visited Dorothy Hyman Stadium to take part in a sponsored walk to raise money for the school fund, to help with subsidising trips across school. Children from F2 to Year 6 completed a varying number of laps of the track. Well done to all of the children and adults who took part, and a special well done to Mrs. Allen and Elsa who completed TWENTY laps of the track! 

Thank you to Dorothy Hyman Stadium for letting us use their facilities, to the parents for showing us their unwavering support, and to Mrs. Porter and Mr. Campbell for setting up on the day and providing fantastic commentary. What a great afternoon; thank you for all the sponsor money already received! #incrediblecommunity

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Birkwood Brass on Tour 2018

Our amazing brass band started their ‘Summer Tour’ at the TOP. The children were invited to perform IN Grimethorpe Colliery Band’s practice room. This is part of a Look North feature about the support given to Birkwood from the world’s most famous brass band.

This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our musicians and they most certainly embraced it. Many thanks for making our children and their families so welcome Grimethorpe Colliery Band; special thanks to our friends Roger Webster and Michael Dodd.

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Our Brass Stars

The whole school loved watching videos of our very own brass ensemble, Birkwood Brass. We are excited to see them on BBC Look North!

 

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He’s a Winner!

Congratulations to one of our AMAZING tuba players from Year 6. We are extremely proud that you have acheived a Merit for ABRSM Grade 3 tuba!

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Superstar!

Mrs. Allen’s Superstar of the Week always works hard, she is a very caring friend and she is always smiling! Well done!

 

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Seed Experts

Year 1 Dragonflies and Year 2 Robins have been busy in the poly tunnel this week planting onion, spinach, sweetcorn and runner bean seeds for the Community Garden. What’s your favourite vegetable?

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Newsletter 24: Friday, 13th April 2018

Summer 1 Week 1

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Year 2/3 Kingfishers’ Class Assembly

What a fantastic assembly! The Kingfishers showed off how much they have learnt this term about their Raninforest topic. They wowed their audience with narration, drama, riddles, art, song and dance. Everybody was very impressed by the performance. Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for your continued support, and well done Kingfishers!

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Year 1 Dragonflies’ Class Assembly

What an amazing performance! The Dragonflies retold the story of ‘The Great Fire of London’ through narration, drama, song and dance. The audience was very entertained by the show. Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for your continued support, and well done Dragonflies!

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Year 5 – Cook It and Film It

The Year 5 Lions have combined their cooking and filming skills this term. They weighed ingredients, mixed them together, moulded them into enticing shapes and placed them onto a greased tin to bake. The children used a range of skills to produce delicious orange shortbread biscuits and they have created this film of their project – well done to the Year 5 Lions!

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