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.

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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Shafton Space Day 2016

 

Year 6 visited Outwood Shafton to take part in a science-based activity day. The children watched ice cream being made using liquid nitrogen; they went in a planetarium; made comets using water, sand, treacle and dry ice; used telescopes and conducted an experiment to investigate making craters. Thank you to all of the staff who made it such an exciting opportunity for our children. 

 

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The iPad and me research Africa’s Big Three.

 

A productive afternoon finding out more about rhinos and elephants. We selected our own working partners today and the quality of our research was fantastic. We shared our findings about predators, prey, eating habits & habitats as part of this afternoon’s science activities.

We even have a professor of rhino research!

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School Council Meeting 27th September 2016

School Council Meeting – Minutes 27th September 2016

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Cook It – Making Trench Stew

 

Last week, the children took part in a Cook It session and made some mouth-watering Trench Stew. They independently read and followed the instructions; peeled all of the vegetables; used bridge and claw techniques to safely chop the vegetables; safely stirred the boiling mixture and buttered some bread to accompany their meal. All of Year 6 enjoyed tasting this delicious stew. Thank you to Mrs. Birch for all her help!

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Cook It – Trench Cake

 

Last week, the children took part in a Cook It session and baked some delicious Trench Cake. They independently read and followed a recipe … measured the ingredients using scales and measuring jugs … experimented with vinegar and baking soda instead of eggs to make the cake rise and used fantastic teamwork skills. 

Thank you to Mrs. Birch for all her help!

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Interesting International Interview 

 
One of our class questioned his friend about these beautiful handmade coasters.
His Dad was in the army and on exercise in Kenya-he traded his old waterproofs for these handpainted, slate keepsakes. 
Many thanks to the family for loaning their treasure to us as part of our Africa topic.
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Newsletter 3: Friday, 23rd September 2016

Newsletter 3: Friday, 23rd September 2016

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Lunchtime Fun!

Look who popped in at lunchtime today.

This is a lovely opportunity to socialise and play alongside children from other classes a smashing was to learn new skills.

 

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Wildlife in the Playground

 

Year 1/2 Kingfishers discovered a little visitor munching on our flowers in the playground so they decided to give him a new home in the Wildlife and Sensory Garden. It was very exciting to see the snail come out of its shell and investigate its new surroundings #incrediblenature

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One Potato, Two Potato…..

Year 2 Woodpeckers had great fun in the Community Garden this week harvesting beetroot and potatoes and also comparing the size of the different vegetables. 

 

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Grammar Experts!

Grammar Experts!

 

The Year ¾ Bees enjoyed team activities in their grammar lesson. Each group was asked to select verbs and adverbs. Next, they had to build exciting sentences around them. The children elected a ‘teacher’ from each group to present their work to the rest of the class. Recycling, trading and reusing ideas was encouraged!

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Watercolour Painting in Year 6

 

Year 6 NS used watercolour paints to create a gradient effect and produced these fantastic poppy scenes!

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We’re having a great time exploring Roald Dahl’s books.

img-20160919-wa0000 His outrageous imagination and crazy characters are inspiring our speaking, reading and writing.

Today George gave his Marvellous Medicine to a hen and his grandma’s head came through the roof! 

 

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Watercolour Painting by the Bees

 

Children in Year 3/4 Bees have produced some fantastic observational watercolour paintings. They are thoroughly enjoying their Africa topic so far!

 

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The next chapter…….

What an uplifting beginning to the next chapter in the exciting life of Birkwood’s choir.

Lots of new starters came along to sample life in a choir-a record number of boys too. Mrs Sutton and Mrs Taylor were delighted to welcome back so many familiar faces.
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Africa is Ace!

We are delighted with our Africa display- it showcases stories from South Africa (Our first Big Write of the school year) and detailed watercolour observational paintings.
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Our amazing brass musicians were delighted to work with Mr Dodd today.

There are some very exciting performance engagements already in our diary. 

 

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Charlie’s House by Reviva Schermbrucker-

The story of  young boy, living in a South African township was the inspiration for our Big Write this morning.

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Newsletter 2: Friday, 16th September 2016

Newsletter 2: Friday, 16th September 2016

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We love Reading!  

 

The Woodpeckers are really enjoying using their Bug Club accounts to read online.

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Mrs Jopling’s Excellent Assembly

 

On Wednesday morning, Mrs. Jopling delivered an excellent assembly, celebrating 100 years of Roald Dahl. The children met ‘Monkey’ and found out about his favourite story, The Twits. They also learned lots about Roald Dahl: information about his stories and how to make ‘Marvellous Medicine’.

 

 

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The Year 1 Robins had a lot of fun playing parachute games on the school field.

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Summer Fruit Picking

 

Whilst they were tidying the Community Garden  this afternoon, Yr 6 RH discovered there were lots of juicy red raspberries just ready to be picked. Luckily, there were enough for the whole class to have a taste and everyone agreed they were delicious!

 

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Roald Dahl Celebrations in reading and writing activities today in the Year 3/4 Bees

We shared our brand new class novel- George’s Marvellous Medicine and researched and presented facts about Dahl’s life.

 

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Newsletter 1: Friday, 9th September 2016

Newsletter 1: Friday, 9th September 2016
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We tested our new PE shirts to the max. this morning ~ they’re perfect for long distance running and PE lessons.

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The Robins have a new singing class pet robin who they’ve named ‘Snowy’.

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Year 6 NS are really enjoying reading in their cosy reading corner.

 There is a wide variety of texts, a number of thought-provoking questions and plenty of comfy cushions! Thank you to Mrs Birch for creating such an inviting reading environment.

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The Year 1 Robins have made a fantastic start to the new school year and have enjoyed exploring their new classroom.

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READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Our reading area is packed with ‘recommended reads’

Fiction, non fiction, magazines, annuals, comics, poetry and playscripts are all ready to be enjoyed, discussed & reviewed.

There’s a special focus on Roald Dahl this month too.

 

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