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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Year 6 Leavers’ Day

 

Our Year 6 children enjoyed an afternoon on the field, signing shirts and leavers books, and eating sweet treats. They are all a credit to our school and their families.

 

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Lion King 2019

 

 

What a great day! Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their end of year trip to London to see the Lion King. We enjoyed taking in the sites of the capital and seeing a wonderful performance of The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. Thank you very much to the governing body, Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Booth for arranging this special trip.

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Newsletter 3: Friday, 5th July 2019

Summer 2 Week 5

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The Foxes trip to the Farm!

 

This half term, our topic has been ‘Creatures Great and Small’, so what better place to visit than Cannon Hall Farm. We had a wonderful day, visiting all the amazing animals. We even had a ride on a tractor! Take a look at our video and see if you can spot any of the animals that we found!

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Cudworth Ward Alliance Academic Achievement Awards

Congratulations to all of our wonderful children who were chosen to receive awards at Barnsley Town Hall.

 

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Year 5 Trip to Castleton

The Panthers and Jaguars had an amazing trip to Castleton, and we ventured down the Blue John Cavern. We have been learning about staying healthy and protecting the environment in class, so it was fantastic for the children (and staff) to be able to appreciate the glorious countryside and the natural wonders of our country. 

 

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The Indian Flag

The Robins kicked off their Creative Arts Week by using pastels to recreate the Indian flag.

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Chalk Creations

The Robins used our outdoor chalkboards to design a range of Rangoli patterns for Creative Arts Week.

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(NO)Sleepover 2019

(NO)Sleepover 2019

Another brilliant (late) night! The children enjoyed some ‘old-fashioned’ games and entertainment with Mr. Summerfield and Mr. Wattam; a keepy-up contest with Mr. Froggatt; pizzas supplied by Mrs. Birch and Mrs. Sutton; a teddy contest with Mr. Sandwith and, films before bedtime. Plenty of fun (but not much sleep) was had by all! 

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South Yorkshire School Games

Action from an amazing day at the South Yorkshire School Games competition in Sheffield. There was a very proud moment for us as our Year 5/6 Athletics team took part in the Opening Ceremony, representing Barnsley with the Olympic swimmer James Kirton. Then, on to the Sheffield Hallam City Athletics Stadium to take part in a variety of track and field events. We finished 9th in South Yorkshire. What an achievement for our school!

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park was the Sunflowers’ and Daffodils’ first BIG school trip. Come rain or shine they always had a smile on their face. The children saw lots of animals and found out some wonderful facts! It really was an amazing adventure.

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Flamingo land

 

The Sunflowers and Daffodils had lots of fun at Flamingo land! They were so brave on the big rides and we were all so very proud of them!

Well done Red Team and a big thank you to Mrs Allen!

 

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Afternoon Tea

The Birkwood School Council 2018/19 were treated to Afternoon Tea by Mrs Allen MBE this week.  They have all been wonderful Ambassadors for our school ~ thank you!

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What A Chorus!

Here’s the youngest EVER chorus for a musical at Birkwood and they really are something special. Mary Poppins starts this week!

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There’s no I in TEAM! 

 Our Year 3/4 Kingfishers performed brilliantly at Barnsley Music Hub’s festival. Well done TEAM and fantastic conducting Mini Mr Dodd!

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They’ve got rhythm! 

 

Another great lesson with Mr Ramskill – well done boys!

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Chillin’ 

 

It’s been a busy day and we’re enjoying time with Mr Lennon.

 

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Yum, Yum, Yum!

The Daisies have loved experiencing the Indian culture, especially trying the tasty Indian food. We pretended that we were in an Indian restaurant. 

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We can’t stop the beat!

The Daisies had an amazing time learning all about Indian culture this week! We had so much fun using the big drums – some were bigger than us! We loved King G – he taught us some wonderful beats and rhythms. 

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Team Work 

The Kingfishers and Daisies worked beautifully together to create their very own Indian flags! They are all superstars! 

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Numbers, Numbers, All Around!

The Daisies have been so excited to find numbers on the big girls’ and boys’ playground! We even found the number 100! 

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Money Mastery

The Robins are using a range of denominations of money to make specific amounts. How much more? Do we get any change from £10? 

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Newsletter 3: Friday, 5th July 2019

Summer 2 Week 5

 

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Creative Arts Week 2019

 

Another outstanding Creative Arts Week 2019 themed around India. The children have been busy in all year groups, using a range of materials to create lots of different masterpieces. Each class had to create a Taj Mahal and the winners (Year 6 Lions) were announced in a Celebration Assembly on Friday. The children’s eye-catching work is to be displayed around school for all to see.

 

Thank you to Miss Betts for organising another wonderful week!

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Creativity in Abundance

These photos were taken by one of our Year 4 photography lovers. Here’s our choir preparing for our summer production of Mary Poppins. Sounding (and looking) great team!

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ONE Big Night at Birkwood

 

A behind the scenes look at our showcase evening for BBC’s The One Show. Our children (and all guest players) were amazing and we are SO proud of all that they do! Music continues to thrive at Birkwood under Mrs. Sutton, with support from Mrs. Allen, our Governing Body and our #incrediblecommunity.

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Birkwood on THE ONE SHOW!

What a fantastic evening! We were visited by Andy Kershaw and BBC’s The One Show. Birkwood Brass, Outwood Brass and Grimethorpe Colliery Band showcased their talents for this feature about music in schools. We were all very proud of our school community.

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Newsletter 36: Friday, 21st June 2019

Summer 2 Week 3

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One Show spotlight for Birkwood’s young brass stars

The work under taken by Michael Dodd in inspiring the future generations of Grimethorpe Colliery Band players was recently featured on the prime-time BBC1 ‘One Show’…

 

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First Place!

Congratulations to our Year 5/6 athletics team who finished 1st place in the Schools’ Games competition today at Dorothy Hyman. They have now been invited to the South Yorkshire Finals!
 
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