Headteacher’s Welcome Message

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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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In Rehearsal…

 
This term is select-a-song term in choir. The children suggest out repertoire and they’re choosing wisely (so far…)
This Titanic classic gives us lots of opportunity to work on head & chest voices.
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Music Matters

 
We are really proud of every one of our musicians. Today, this Year 6 pupil was preparing for his ABRSM Grade 4 in his lesson with Mr Dodd. Here’s a clip of his beautiful playing.

 

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Year 3/4 Bees’ Assembly

What a fantastic performance! The acting was excellent, the children followed their stage directions perfectly, the lines were read clearly and all children performed confidently.

Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for their continued support.

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Investigating Weight

Year 3/4 Ladybirds have been using pan balances to investigate the weight of objects.

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Parent’s Creative Workshop – ‘Are we there yet?’ 

The children had a fantastic morning with our special visitors (their grown-ups and the Year 6 children). Everyone had amazing ideas and created some wonderful vehicles. All the staff were so impressed with their creativity!

A big thank you to everyone who attended; it was lovely to see so many of you there.

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Making Music Using Garage Band

The Year 3/4 Ladybirds have been using garage band to create their own jingle for their news report in Literacy.

 

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Inner tube Skipping with Bike it Dave

The Year 3/4 Ladybirds have been looking at how to recycle inner tubes to make something they can use. They created a skipping rope and had lots of fun using it outside, competing against each other to find the Ladybirds’ skipping champion.

 

 

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#CookIt with the Year 3/4 Ladybirds

The Ladybirds have been cooking delicious flatbreads and hummus. They used a variety of skills including weighing, measuring, cutting and kneading to create tasty and healthy treats.

 

 

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Sewing Joseph’s coat

Year 3/4 Ladybirds enjoyed using a needle and thread to sew Joseph’s coat. They sewed adjectives to describe how they should be to others.

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Newsletter 21: Thursday, 16th February 2017

Newsletter 21: Thursday, 16th February 2017

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School Council Minutes 16th February 2017

School Council Minutes 16th February 2017

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D.I.S.C.O.

 
Children from Years 1-6 enjoyed an evening of dancing, hot dogs and time with their friends.
Many thanks to Mrs. White, who works so hard to arrange such brilliant events for us all to enjoy; this helped to raise the amazing amount of £224.68!  This goes to help heavily subsidise all of our trips and visits. Thank you.
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E-Safety 

 

On Safer Internet Day this year Year 6 RH discussed ‘The Power of the Image’. We talked about first impressions and discussed what sort of first impression we like to make. Next, we talked about how images can create a first impression. We worked in groups to look at different images and shared our thoughts on the first impressions these images gave us. Finally, we thought about how we use images online and discussed the style of photo we could use on our profiles in the future.

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Carnivore, herbivore or omnivore? 

The Woodpeckers have enjoyed sorting dinosaurs and other creatures under the headings ‘Carnivores’, ‘Herbivores’ and ‘Omnivores’. Remember – omnivores eat everything… om nom nom!

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3D Shapes 

The Woodpeckers have been investigating 3D shapes this week – Faces, edges and vertices were carefully being counted.
 
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EYFS Celebrate Chinese New Year

The children have loved learning about the Chinese New Year over the last couple of weeks.  They worked so hard and had so much fun! Well done to all of them, and a big thank you to our special visitor Wei.

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Look at our hyacinths!

In November last year, Year 3 / 4  Bees planted some special indoor hyacinth bulbs. These flower a lot earlier than most spring bulbs because they have been kept in a cool dark place for several weeks. KS 2 after school gardening club have been looking after them since we brought them into the light and warmth. Great work everybody!

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Harry Potter Bake Sale

 

Our class are very excited to be visiting Harry Potter World at the Warner Bros Studios near Watford. We have been learning about the author J. K. Rowling and sharing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as our class novel.
We have had a great time planning, preparing, advertising, baking and selling at our Bake sale. Our fundraising efforts will go towards the cost of our trip in March.
 
Many thanks to all of our families for baking and buying!

 

 

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Welcome to Team Dodd 

 

Our latest brass ensemble member impressed each of her fellow musicians with a debut solo performance.
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Year 2 have been using some wonderful directional language this week.

They have a great knowledge of turning clockwise and anti-clockwise!

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Newsletter 20: Friday, 10th February 2017

Newsletter 20: Friday, 10th February 2017

 

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The Bus is in Position!

Thank you to Richard Burgin, Dave and his friend Dave from Alan Hughes and Son Recovery,  for all of their support in moving the Birkwood Reading Bus into its final position.  Yippee!

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Designing Signs for the Planting Area

 

Spring will soon be on its way and children have been getting ready by designing signs for their planting area in the Community Garden. Here are some beautiful drawings by Year 1 Robins.

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Lunchtime Recital

 
We enjoyed a musical lunchtime today. We experimented with pitch, dynamics and glissandi.

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Translucent, Transparent or Opaque?

The Year 1 Robins completed a science investigation on translucent, transparent and opaque. They investigated different materials in groups, labelled them correctly then presented their findings to the rest of the class. Well done!

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Birkwood Reading Bus Updates

The Bus is coming on really well: the painting is almost finished; the curtains are almost completed and Gail Preece is kindly making the cushions for the seating.  Next, we need to get it hooked up to the electricity, which Paul Sabin and Phil McGowan are helping us with. Finally, the bus will still need to be moved into its final position but we really need a tractor to help us (can anyone help us please?)

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Miss Jenkins’ Adventures

Miss Jenkins has sent us some special photos from her adventures to: Thailand ~ Bangkok, Kanchanaburi (where the bridge over the river Kwai is), Ayutthaya (which had gorgeous temples), Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai and Pai. She has been to an Elephant Nature Park which she said was an incredible experience. 

We miss you Miss Jenkins but we’re glad you’re having such a wonderful time!

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Unite for a Better Internet

Safer Internet Day 2017 was marked by a Special Assembly, led by Mr. Sandwith. The children from Key Stages 1 and 2 had the opportunity to discuss how they used the internet and what they should think about when sharing content online especially images. The children impressed us all with their knowledge of how to stay safe online!

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Monday Morning Money Tasks KER-CHING!

 

Our new knowledge of decimals provided us with the skills and confidence to work with money today. Mrs. Sutton was delighted to observe teamwork, problem solving, innovative representations and explanations.
Well done!
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eSafety Assembly

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