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
Mrs Sutton’s friends Dr Tom and Barbara took Bob the Mouse on their mission to Uganda last month. Bob accompanied them especially, so that all the children in Y3/4 could have the opportunity to see the country in detail.
Last week Dr Tom & Barbara returned to Barnsley-they bought us this beautiful handcarved map back showing all of the countries in the continent of Africa.
We look forward to welcoming Tom, Barbara and Bob to Birkwood after half term.
Our Big Write encouraged recycling exciting vocabulary, adding alliteration and sharing our new knowledge of nature from outdoor autumn treasure experience.
Our Autumn treasure and harvested vegetables made perfect still life arrangements. We learned new shading and shadow techniques with pastels too.
This pupil’s used his imagination to create his very own hedgehog habitat and he used our very own Autumn treasure to share his learning.
Misson ‘Autumn Treasure’ proved fruitful. The Bees spent time in our Community Garden noting nature’s changes, collecting evidence and sharing wildlife knowledge. This wonderful cold, blustery and sunshiny morning will become the inspiration for our poetry writing this week.
The Robins have been illustrators in ICT this half term and have illustrated their own e-book about Cinderella. They learnt how to save their work and to insert pictures they drew on the computer into the e-book template.
Click to read our Cinderella eBook
Click to read our Cinderella eBook
The Sunflowers and Daffodils love the outdoor learning environment, whatever the weather, they are always ready to go outside. The children learn lots of wonderful skills and enjoy working co-operatively too.
We learnt that when we touch something, the nerves in our skin send messages to our brain, which tells us whether something is hot or cold, and what it feels like. The Robins sorted objects by whether they felt soft, smooth, sticky, spiky, cold, bumpy, squashy, rough or silky.
The Robins went on an Autumn walk around the school grounds to look for signs that Autumn is here. They collected lots of Autumn ‘treasure’; finding coloured leaves, beech nut cases, conkers and sycamore wings. They also spotted some Autumn berries and toadstools. The Robins then recorded what they had seen, heard, smelt and felt on our Autumn walk.
The children created this video to say thank you to Moved By Art Yorkshire for giving them the opportunity to get creative while learning about poetry, composition and instrument design.
Children in Y6RH have been using their knowledge of number facts to complete alpha numeric problems!
Here’s a small sample of our gorgeous nursery children in our fabulous new reading area.
Our aim is to ignite a life-long passion for reading and books.
The children had a wonderful day investigating sounds and designing instruments.
Thank you to Paul and Moved by Art for this fantastic experience.
During their afternoon workshop the children used their knowledge and were encouraged by Paul and the Moved by Art team to design slightly less conventional instruments. They were EXCELLENT at this! Paul will be using their ideas to build percussion instruments for us to use in a performance next Spring.
Thank you to Moved by Art Yorkshire and Paul for another fantastic day!
The children spent the morning investigating the science of sound. They learned about tube and string lengths and thicknesses, sound quality, sound waves and harmonics. They really enjoyed their freedom to experiment with the sounds created by conventional instruments.
This week’s winners of the House Point Trophy were Fire with 312 tokens.
Our school was represented at Barnsley Town Hall by 4 of our gardeners, Miss Greenwood and Miss Betts. We were delighted to receive the Silver Gilt Award which we were delighted with as it’s our first entry. Congratulations to all of our gardeners and thank you for help given by our friends at Robert Street Allotments.
As part of their topic ‘Once Upon a Time’, the Robins have begun to learn about the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. They loved being storytellers and retold the story using puppets. They also completed challenges in the learning areas to make their own puppets and used the puppet theatre and props to tell their own stories.