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.

Our high quality learning environments include 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 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.

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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It’s BGT Audition Time

Our two-day BGT audition slots were packed with talent. Well done to everyone who took part – you are AMAZINGLY TALENTED!

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Ready, Steady… Cook It!

Year 5 have been showing off their culinary skills by making a tomato and basil soup. Children and staff thought it tasted delicious!

 

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Year 6’s E-safety Challenge

During Mr. Sandwith’s e-safety assembly, the Year 6 children had a challenge for the whole school – use the internet less over the holidays and beyond.

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Handball

Well done to our Year 5/6 Handball team who came 2nd in the finals at Barnsley College.

 

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Newsletter 28: Friday, 12th April 2019

Spring 2 Week 7

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A Visit to our Local Shop 

The Sunflowers and Daffodils have been learning all about money. They have looked at different coins, and talked about the value of them. They had 50p each to take to the local shop to spend on a treat of their choice. They used their problem solving skills to work out which treats they could afford! They are super shoppers!  

 

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Creative Workshop

The Sunflowers and Daffodils had a wonderful morning with their special grown-ups making different modes of transport out of recycled materials. They had amazing ideas and worked so hard! Take a look at their incredible creations! Thank you to all of our families for your continued support #incrediblecommunity 

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Year 4 Woodpeckers’ Class Assembly

A Titanic performance! The audience were treated to a real show, full of acting, singing, sharing of work and dancingtoo! Well done to all the children and thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for their continued support.

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Year 1 Foxes’ Class Assembly 

The Foxes’ performance was out of this world! They shared their learning with a fantastic assembly filled with songs and facts all about space! Thank you to all the special visitors who supported the children, we were so proud of each and every one of them! 

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Easter Bonnet Bonanza!

WOW – we were SO IMPRESSED with the efforts that the children and special grown-ups have made making the Easter Bonnets. Mrs. Allen wanted to try them all on! Thank you for your ongoing support #incrediblecommunity 

 

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You can’t catch me – I’m the Gingerbread Man!

The Daisies have been very busy baking Gingerbread men. They ate them quickly before they ran away!

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Run, rabbit. Run, rabbit. Run, run, run!

The Daisies went on an Easter hunt – they were really excited. The Daisies had lots of fun pretending to be bunnies (they had even more fun eating their chocolate egg surprise)! 

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Super Springy Spring Walk!

The Daisies skipped around our school to find signs of Spring. We found bumblebees, daffodils, tulips but we didn’t find the missing lamb! 

 

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Outdoor Learning

We loved spending our maths lesson in the open air today. It was great to complete differentiated tasks linked closely to our learning about horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular lines. We loved it!

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Easter Blessings

Here’s a sneaky preview of our beautiful traditional Easter cards. We handcrafted the cross using cinnamon sticks and wire. Then, we carefully selected watercolour shades to create a subtle backing.

 

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Tag Rugby

Well done to our Year 3/4 Tag Ruby team who played at Barnsley Rugby Club (8.4.19).
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Pre-loved Project

The Kingfishers’ pre-loved shop was a great success. They highlighted the importance of recycling whilst raising funds towards their school trip. What a team!
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Year 3/4 Kingfishers’ Class Assembly

What a show! The audience were taken on a voyage through time and aboard the H.M.S. Titanic. They were treated to fantastic acting, beautiful singing and some brilliant brass.

Well done to all the children and thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for all your ongoing support.

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Drama Skills

This week, the Year 5 Jaguars have been honing their drama skills by rehearsing scenes from the Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist. Linking to our Victorian topic, the children have been tasked to perform scenes and write a play script, making links from both the book and film. 

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Newsletter 27: Friday, 5th April 2019

Spring 2 Week 6

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Year 3 Robins’ Trip to Chester Zoo

The Robins loved every second of their trip to Chester Zoo. It was really beneficial for them to see the different species that are found in the rainforest- a great stimulus for writing. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

 

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Beautiful…Just Saying! 

Here’s a gorgeous film of our choir singing Bette Midler’s ‘The Rose’. This year, we have a very young choir (5- 10 years old). We are sure you’ll agree that they sound ‘sweet’.

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A Sunny Friday Afternoon and Diggers! 

 

 

These boys decided to spend their half hour of choosing time playing creatively. How refreshing to see a plant pot of dirt and some construction vehicles inspiring so many positive social and language skills.

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Nationals! 

Our Birkwood Alumni (Outwood Academy Brass) musicians competed in the National Youth Brass Band competition in Warwick on Saturday. They were AMAZING! 

The band won a very impressive 3rd place and their flugel horn player scooped 1st prize in the soloist competition. We are so proud of these talented young people!

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We’re Recycling! 

Friday sees the first ever ‘Birkwood Pre-loved Uniform Sale’. Freshly washed & ironed sweatshirts, jumpers and cardigans will be on sale in the playground from 3.15pm THIS FRIDAY. Come along and grab a bargain – everything is £1. All funds will be put towards the Kingfishers’ trip of a lifetime to Harry Potter World – we will be grateful for our incredible community’s support.

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Cook It

The Woodpeckers have enjoyed learning about Stone Age this half term and have baked some delicious shortbreads in Cook It. They then used their shortbreads to recreate the famous Stone Age landmark Stonehenge.

 

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Our Right This Week

This week, we are looking at the right to choose our own friends and form our own groups, remembering that when we do this, we should not cause offence to others and consider their feelings.

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Gymnastics

Our Year 3 Robins practising their star, tuck and straight poses in gymnastics.

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School Council Meeting – Minutes 22nd March 2019

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Newsletter 26: Friday, 29th March 2019

Spring 2 Week 5

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