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.’

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.
Our strong and committed Governing Body have made the decision to keep class sizes as small as possible in Foundation Stage and Year 1 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 which will be further developed this academic year.

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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Brass is Back for 2018!

Rehearsals are underway, the band have a new ‘tricky’ repertoire and are working hard to prepare for some very important appearances in April!

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Exam News

One of our high achieving musicians has added an extra ABRSM exam to her list! She’s achieved a merit for Grade 1 flute; we are all really proud of her fantastic commitment to ‘All things musical’.

 

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Clay Evacuees

In Year 5 this week, we have started to paint our clay evacuees. We looked at the colours that people wore in the 1940s and used this to inspire our paint selection. We think that each little figure has its own personality and expression… What do you think? Thank you Mrs Birch.

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Megastructures!

We are learning all about megastructures this half term.  We were set a challenge to see if we could build our own towers and bridges – but we could only use newspaper and sellotape! Take a look at our pictures to see how we got on with our challenges – we found it tough but had lots of fun!

 

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School Council Meeting : Minutes 19th January 2018

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Newsletter 17: Friday, 19th January 2018

Spring 1 Week 2

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Hinduism

Our focus for this bright display is that we can respect the faiths, beliefs, customs and cultures of others. We are all human beings.

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Year 3/4 Team Relay Competition

Y3 4 Team Relay Comp Jan

Y 3 and 4 consent form Team Relay 25th Jan

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Fabulous French

 
This week’s French lesson encouraged our Year 3 children to use their cross curricular skills. Here they are in action…
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Ready, Steady… Charanga! 

 
Our Year 3s are loving the new music scheme, Charanga! Our song for this half term is Bob Marley’s ‘Don’t Worry About a Thing’.
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To Infinity and Beyond!

Our small groups of scientists enjoyed researching important information about the moon.
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Busy, Busy, Busy

Here’s just a few of our lunchtime club members enjoying a busy lunchtime. There’s nothing better than a jigsaw and a catch up with Janet!
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One World, Many Faiths 

Our RE lesson about the Hindu faith inspired us to create intricate Mehndi designs.

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Benchball

Year 5/6 Benchball at Outwood Academy Carlton. The Birkwood A team finished in 3rd place. Well done everybody!

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Artwork 

Year 6 have produced some fantastic sketches, inspired by the diaries and research of Charles Darwin.

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Superstar!

Mrs. Allen’s Superstar of the Week has made great progress so far this year. She tries really hard with her work and is becoming more independent with her writing. This superstar is beginning to share and play with her friends, especially at lunch times.

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Y3/4 Team Relay Competition

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Permission Slip

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A Truly Magical Adventure

The Kingfishers and Woodpeckers thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon at the theatre. We were all mesmerised by an outstanding, exciting, thrilling, action-packed performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. What a treat!

 

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School Council Meeting Minutes : 12th January 2018

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After School Clubs ~ Spring (1) 2018

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Newsletter 16: Friday, 12th January 2018

Spring 1 Week 1

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Money Mastery 

The Kingfishers are fantastic at making a given amount in lots of different ways! They used addition, multiplication and place value skills to complete this tricky maths task!

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Scientific Sketching

We looked at the way Charles Darwin recorded his findings. We used sketching and shading techniques to produce similar pieces.

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Drop in the Determiner

Year 6 enjoyed playing grammatical games using determiners. They used knowledge of a range of determiners to alter sentences.

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We are Gamers! 

The Robins have been busy during computing. They have played and reviewed games on Scratch, and will be making a games review book. We spoke about being safe on online whilst playing games.

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Sunshine and Showers

Today marked an exciting introduction to our new topic, the Amazon Rainforest. We located the 7 continents, the northern and southern hemispheres, South America, Brazil, the British Isles and the Equator. We experimented with colour – mixing shades of green and using them to create beautiful bright rainforest leaves. All we need now is some sunshine!

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French

Today, the children learned all about the celebrations and customs of Epiphany with Madame Brittain. They even made a crown, worn by the ‘winner’ of a trinket that is baked into a tasty French dessert – galette.

 

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Radio Stars

Some of our children, and our choir, were featured on Christmas broadcasts on both BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Sheffield over the holidays. The link below will direct you to BBC Radio 2’s Christmas Day broadcast which featured our children.

Thank you to Mrs. Birch and our children for producing the entertaining clips and to Hilary Robinson for giving us this exciting opportunity!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jqp3f

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jqp3f

 

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Barnsley Music Hub’s Rock Show 2017

The school enjoyed a celebration of fun, song and dance today thanks to Barnsley Music Hub.  The whole school sang along as the teachers from Barnsley Music Hub led us in a Christmas Concert – it looks like everyone had an amazing time (especially Mrs. Allen)!

 

Thank you to Barnsley Music Hub – a brilliant day and Merry Christmas.

 

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Mrs. Dutton retires…

Mrs Dutton officially retired from the classroom after 34 years at Birkwood!  She enjoyed a Special Assembly led by Mrs. Allen, and featured shared memories from Mrs. Medlock and all of our children. We enjoyed singing lots of songs to Mrs. Dutton and seeing photos of her through the ages.

 

Congratulations on a wonderful career and we would all like to wish you a very Happy Retirement! 

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