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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Learning Poetry by Heart

Year 6 have read and discussed a range of poetry from World War One. They learned ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ by Sara Teasdale by heart. With Christmas fast approaching, the children also read, discussed and attempted to memorise a winter-themed poem: ‘Jack Frost’ by Gabriel Setoun.

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Christmas Card Competition

Mr. Sandwith and Mrs. Birch were delighted this week. Stephanie Peacock MP came to announce that three children from Year 6 won prizes with their Christmas Card entries. Well done!

 

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Classifying 2D Shapes

Year 6 started their maths lesson by classifying a range of 2D shapes. The children discussed the properties of each shape before completing their jigsaws by matching shapes to their names. 

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Year 3 Robins Class Assembly

We loved our Class Assembly, and we were thrilled with the amount of people that came to watch it (including the Mayor of Barnsley). Here are a few snaps from the special afternoon. 

 
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This Term in the Year 3 Robins

We have had a wonderful term ~ here are some of our highlights.

 

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Shaping Up

We spent a great morning investigating properties of 3D shapes.

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On Reflection

This week’s practical science lesson involved concave and convex mirrors… and lots of giggling!

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Fabulous French

The Robins have been linking the written numbers in English with their equivalents in French. They are progressing really well in their first year as French learners.

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 D + T + Electricity

Year 5/6 Panthers have used their scientific knowledge of electrical circuits to design windmills and EVEN helicopters! They had to consider weight, materials and power. They had to work as a team and discuss ideas. Next, we hope to refine our designs and evaluate what we can do better.

 

 
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Grimethorpe inspire next generation —

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Year 5 Jaguars’ Class Assembly

 

Year 5 amazed their audience! They have learned so much this term and enjoyed sharing it with our community. They sang brilliantly, spoke clearly and presented some of this term’s outstanding work.

Well done Year 5 and thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for your continued support.

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Year 6 Lions’ Class Assembly

 

Year 6 put on a wonderful show! They have learned so much about World War 1 this term and enjoyed sharing their learning with their special audience. They sang brilliantly, spoke clearly, presented some of this term’s excellent work and recited a range of war poetry.

Well done Year 6 and thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for your continued support.

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Christmas Fayre 2018

 

What a fantastic Christmas Fair! We had brilliant stalls, exciting games, and even the chance to sit on Santa’s lap!

Thank you to Mrs. White for organising this excellent event, to our staff, children and governing body for their help, and to our #incrediblecommunity for their ongoing support. Final amount was over £1,000. All of the money raised goes directly back to the children and heavily subsidised trips and visits.

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Newsletter 13: Friday, 7th December 2018

Autumn 2 Week 5

 

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Making History

Our ‘next generation’ of Birkwood Brass took to the stage for the first time EVER. We are delighted that they shared the stage with our neighbours, the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band! What a way to start their musical careers!

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Grimethorpe Colliery Band Performs at Birkwood

What a night! Our #incrediblecommunity were treated to performances by the WORLD FAMOUS Grimethorpe Colliery Band, as well as three generations of Birkwood Brass. Here is a special message:

Dear Birkwood Brass,

Thank you letting us share your concert in school last night. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. You should all be very proud.You were an absolute credit to your school, all of your teachers and yourselves. To play like you did having only been learning since September this year is astonishing.It reminded all of us at Grimethorpe how every one of us started on our own musical journeys many years ago.

I hope you feel as inspired hearing us as we felt hearing you. As with many things in life the harder you work at something the more enjoyable it will become so keep up the good work and we will see you all the next time we come to school. Enjoy the rest of this term and have a lovely Christmas.Sandy Smith, Musical Director, Grimethorpe Colliery Band

 

Thank you to Mrs. Sutton for arranging this fantastic spectacle and to Grimethorpe Colliery Band for inspiring our children and performing for our #incrediblecommunity.

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Crucial Crew 2018

The Year 6 children had a very busy day at Crucial Crew. They took part in a range of scenarios to help them keep themselves safe in a range of different environments, some examples included: bus safety, First Aid and healthy relationships.

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Sportshall Athletics

Action from the Year 5/6 Sportshall Athletics held at Outwood Carlton – ANOTHER 1st place from our amazing children!

Bring on the Barnsley Finals.

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Rain or Shine

Whatever the weather, our Reading Bus is a great place to spend time with friends and a great selection of books.

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School Council Meeting – Minutes 30th November 2018

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Newsletter 12: Friday, 30th November 2018

Autumn 2 Week 4

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Christmas Light Switch On in Cudworth

After school, members of our Choir joined in a lovely community event with our friends from Cherry Dale and Churchfield Primary Schools. We enjoyed the carol singing and refreshments too. Our children represented our school very well, and we were all very proud! Have you seen the new Christmas Lights in Cudworth??

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Keep Calm and Carry On! 

Today marked the opportunity for our Kingfishers to share a moving presentation of speech, drama, poetry and music for their families. They have responded SO enthusiastically towards their World War 2 topic. Well done everyone.

Thank you #incrediblecommunity for your support.

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Handball

Our Year 3/4 handball team having fun at the Team Activ participation event, held at Barnsley Academy.

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Blooming Marvellous Delivery!

There was an extra special delivery to our school recently – vouchers worth £30!!! This was our reward for achieving a Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award earlier in the summer. A huge ‘Thank You’ to the Yorkshire in Bloom judges for being so generous. We can’t wait to go garden centre shopping in the spring!

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Gingerbread Knights and Princesses 

The Foxes loved making gingerbread for their Cook It week. We then decorated them as Knights and Princesses – we can’t wait to taste them!

 

 

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Hoopball

Pictures from the Key Stage 1 Hoopball event, held at Outwood Carlton. Well done to both our teams in this participation event.

 

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Year 5 Film It

The Year 5 Jaguars were challenged with the task of creating a short information video on their current topic – World War One. They had to independently think of how to sequence the scenes, write their scripts, film it and edit it using iMovie. All groups did an amazing job and here’s just one fantastic example of the end product.

 
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Year 4 Woodpecker’s Class Assembly

What an excellent show! The audience were treated to dramatic sketches, displays of excellent work, beautiful singing and eye-catching dance numbers. Well done to the Woodpeckers for performing brilliantly and thank you to our #incredible community for their continued support.

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Good Afternoon Mr. Mayor!

Our School Councillors spent an educational and enjoyable afternoon at Barnsley Town Hall. They learned about the roles and responsibilities of councillors and mayoral duties. It was a privilege to ask questions in the council chambers and admire artefacts in the mayor’s parlour. The refreshments were delicious too! Thank you Mr. Mayor for hosting us.

 

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