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 lower down the school in order to ensure high quality support for our youngest children. The entire school has been refurbished over the past 4 years to include the playground and a Trim Train 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 funding, we also have a community 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 we have had some major improvements to our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit with lots of new equipment and 2 mini-ICT suite areas.
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
Our EYFS Daffodils & Sunflowers had a wonderful time at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. This superstar was so inspired by the Giraffes that she made a wonderful collage of their coat patterns. Lovely work, well done.
This Year 1 ‘Turtle’ has been writing about his day at The National Space Centre. He produced a fabulous recount that reminded Mrs. Lawson just how much the children learned and what a wonderful time they all had. Brilliant work, well done.
Why shouldn’t the World Sing? We think they should. Have a listen to our Term 3 Choir – they’re sounding wonderful. Three weeks on & our Year 1s are well & truly part of the team! 🎤🎶🎶 They are learning quickly from the older more experienced choir members. #perfectharmony
Year 5 have been designing and making some Greek inspired coins 🇬🇷🇬🇷. They have used Greek Myths to inspire their ideas. They drew and sketched carefully before adding two shades of paint to create a metallic effect. Wonderful work, well done.
Year 1 travelled to the National Space Centre in Leicester as part of their Space topic. They had a very exciting day and particularly enjoyed being transformed into astronauts; they were very tired at the end of the day! Thank you to Mrs Lawson and Miss Hayward for organising the trip and everyone who helped on the day. Well done to our wonderful Year 1 Starfish & Turtles for being so good, we are all very proud of them!
Another messy afternoon in the Starfish class! Our Year 1 Stars have been making planets with Mrs. Whitfield 🌎🌎🌍🌍🌏🌏🌖🌖🌔🌔 They have used their collage skills to produce all of the planets and a star. Well done everybody, beautiful work.
What a weekend it’s been for these Viking Stars. Trips to Experience Barnsley as well as the production of Viking Armour has certainly helped to add some excitement upon our return to school following the long weekend. A brilliant ‘Show & Tell’ – can you name the identity of our celebrity guest Viking?
Becky and Jenny from the Barnsley Road Safety Team worked with most of our children last week. Everyone enjoyed different activities to help us understand being safer on the roads. Key Stage 1 classes enjoyed the ‘Streetfeet’, whilst Key Stage 2 learnt all about the ‘Dim Family,’ fortunately we ALL now understand the importance of the seat-belts in our vehicles.
Congratulations to #TeamAir on another weekly win as they were named ‘House of the Week.’ The race to Alton Towers is certainly proving to be an exciting one – time is running out to secure those magical tokens! Well done everybody and especially our Yellow Quarter.
Our Superstar this week is from EYFS. Miss Ward wrote a wonderful reason as to why he was chosen. “He is such a pleasure to have in our unit. He comes to school every day with a great big smile and always does his best. He loves to share his news with the Daffodils and always makes us laugh. He is fantastic at singing and loves to dance! He really is a Superstar!” What did the Headteacher’s Superstar Award mean to him – “I’m the happiest boy in the world!” Perfect. Well done on a richly deserved award.
This week’s Sporting Star allowed Mr. Campbell an extra 10 minute lunch break! She took control of her class warm up before a gymnastics session – unsurprisingly, her example of leadership and working as a role model impressed our Sports Leader so much that she scooped the weekly award. Well done, watch out Mr. Summerfield it could be ‘Big Maths’ she’s teaching next!
This week’s Dancing Star is from the Year 2/3 Ladybirds. She has shown tremendous creativity in our ‘Cartoon Character’ themed work – so much so she receives our dancing prize. A brilliant achievement, well done.
Here are our lucky winners from ‘The Big Pedal 2016.’ Each class had a member who won either lights or a cycle lock. Thanks to ‘BikeIt Dave’ and our #IncredibleCommunity for their support during the last fortnight. The children and parents have really loved cycling to school so much that we may have some good news to follow. Thanks again to ‘BikeIt Dave’ for his inspiration, and of course fabulous BikeIt Breakfasts!
Birkwood Brass were overwhelmed with Mr Dodd ‘ s comments today – ‘The standard of brass playing in your school is the BEST I have heard in any primary school, and I have taught all over Yorkshire.’ #teamdodd Thank you for those kind words Mr. Dodd. We hope they are ‘backed up’ here…….. We think so.
Please avoid this Cafe/ Restaurant at ALL costs. Some fantastic writing has left us in no doubt over whether we should visit! And it sounds pretty pricey as well. Great writing – we’re sorry the experience was so poor!
After the success of ‘Titanic’ and ‘Super Trouper,’ Mr Dodd has set Year 4 a new challenge in the form of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World.’ This was recorded 15 minutes into the lesson. We may be being little biased but this is pretty amazing, we’re sure you will agree.
No Birkwood Bakery this week due to the team planning and shooting their film entry for our @ikicchallenge.
What a messy afternoon in year One Starfish! They had a wonderful time producing some fantastic aliens made from a range of materials, working with Mrs. Whitfield. We absolutely love the fabulous results. The Space Topic has really helped them to prove they’re out of this world. A great afternoon, well done everybody.
Year 1 Starfish have made their own toilet tube rockets! We are absolutely delighted with them. More super space learning. 🚀 🚀 🚀 🚀
This Year 4 Superstar has produced some wonderful armoury with Dad at home. She really looks the part as a ferocious Roman Soldier and is clearly ready for her Emperor’s orders.
Estimating & Measuring have been the order of the day. Some wonderful work. Well done! 📏📏📏📏
We have made a fabulous start to Week 2 of ‘The Big Pedal 2016.’ We had over 100 bikes today in school as well as lots of scooters! A brilliant start to Week 2 from all of our #IncredibleCommunity.
The Year 2/3 Ladybirds enjoyed their last #CookIt after school club session with Mrs. Whitfield. Measuring and weighing was the main focus – the bonus being that it led to some super looking buns.
‘A joy to have in my class’ Miss Betts announced! ‘She tries so hard in all areas and has made excellent progress. She always does the right thing and is a great friend. She has such a positive attitude to learning and is very kind.’ A superb achievement, well done, we’re very proud of you.
As has the tremendous photographer from our friends at Barnsley Chronicle who captured this amazing moment from our auditions. A wonderful shot to preview what is SURE to be a wonderful night. Keep your eyes peeled for ticket details.
Some absolutely superb writing from Year 2/3 Ladybirds. They have been describing Viking gods with some superb adjectives and advanced punctuation. Fabulous topic work with a literacy focus. Well done.
Fabulous! A 1st and a 3rd in the Co-operative Youth Music Festival has made everybody SO proud. In the Disney Section she sang ‘A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes’ from Cinderella achieving third place. However, in the Vocal Solo with a Colour Theme, ‘Land of the Silver Birch,’ proved to be a winning selection. Well done, we look forward to hearing of further successes in the future. A real Birkwood Star.