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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Defying Gravity

We created an investigation that allowed us to test whether we could defy gravity. Using a range of different bags, we tested whether we could generate more air resistance. Afterwards, we recorded our results and evaluated. #scienceweek

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Greek Art

The Year 4 Jaguars have enjoyed learning all about the Ancient Greeks this half term. They have especially enjoyed our art morning, where we created some Ancient Greek clay pots and designed our own pottery on the iPads. We also created some beautiful scratch art work using Ancient Greek designs.

 

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School Council : Minutes 18th May 2018

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Newsletter 29: Friday, 18th May 2018

Summer 1 Week 6

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School Council Meeting – Minutes 11th May 2018

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Newsletter 28: Friday, 11th May 2018

Summer 1 Week 5

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When Does Enough Become Too Much? 

Our philosophy lesson involved some emotive topics: greed, hunger, wealth, poverty, entitlement and charity… to name but a few.

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Tiny Team Dodd

Here’s one of our promising Year 3 class brass musicians. After only two terms of lessons, he’s impressing all of us.

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Licensed to Thrill! 

One of our talented tuba players impressed Mr. Dodd with her articulation and dynamic range today. We are proud of her commitment … Grade 3 ABRSM is on the horizon!

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The Aliens Are Coming!

In our Cook It week, we made some alien puddings. We worked with Mrs. White to make Angel Delight and Jelly and then we layered them into a cup to make the alien’s body. We made the eyes by putting bendy straws into the mixture, and adding marshmallows and sprinkles to the end. It was very messy, but we had lots of fun!

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Maths Mastery – Fractions

The Panthers have used Cuisenaire rods to compare and order fractions. 

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Bringing our Play-Scripts to Life – Pandora’s Box

We are using our own stage directions and taking punctuation into account when acting out a scene with intonation and expression. 

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Here is the (Brass) News

Our brilliant euphonium player attended the Grimethorpe Youth Band rehearsal at Barnsley Civic last weekend. He had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with so many talented, inspiring and friendly young people and teachers!

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Scientific Discovery

The Woodpeckers loved exploring and investigating with all sorts of different magnets.

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Golden Day

The Woodpeckers spent a wonderful afternoon watching the 2nd leg of the Tour de Yorkshire in Barnsley Town Centre. The children were fantastic ambassadors for our school and thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle of this exciting international sporting event!

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Newsletter 27: Friday, 4th May 2018

Summer 1 Week 4

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Welcome to the 50s Club, Mrs. Medlock! 

The Daisies have had a lovely time celebrating our very own Mrs. Medlock’s 50th Birthday. We love a good party in Nursery. Happy Birthday Mrs Medlock…. did we forget to mention you have turned 50!?

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We’re going on a Spring walk, were going to see some Spring things!

The Daisies have had an amazing time on our Spring walk today. Not only did they find EVERYTHING on their ‘Spring Checklist’, they also used the iPad to take their own Spring photos. Check out the photos we have taken all by themselves! We are superstars! 

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Grrreeeaaattt Gardeners 

Look at all the fun the Daisies are having in our new learning areas based on planting. 

 

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Perfect Pigs 

The Daisies have had a wonderful time baking perfect pig buns. We loved eating them too! Thank you Mrs. Dutton for coming to help us – you are the best baker we know. 

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 Maths Mastery Alert

Check our this incredible Daisy: he can count and write numbers to 100! 

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Chick Dance 

The Sunflowers and Daffodils love our chicks so much that they have even created their own chick dance. They made movement right from cracking out of the egg to nesting. 

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These Boots are Meant for Walking! 

Wow! What a fantastic time we have had! Everyone tried their absolute best and kept on going. Thank you so much for your ongoing support #incrediblecommunity.

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Watch Out… Watch Out… 

Farmer Sabin is About!  The children have loved our new learning areas based on farm animals. 

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 Chicktastic Fun in F2 

The Sunflowers and Daffodils have absolutely loved having our baby chicks.

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Cracking Time on the Computers 

Check out our amazing chick drawings on the computer. We have fantastic mouse skills! 

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 Our first BIG full day trip 

We had a roarsome time at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Check out all the animals we saw! Thank you Mrs Allen for this wonderful opportunity.

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Leading Their Own Learning

Year 6 have enjoyed using the new headphones to revise subjects of their own choosing. The children are working extremely hard, and Mr. Sandwith and Mrs. Birch are really impressed with the progress all of the children are making!

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Sketching Facial Features

In Year 6, we have used sketching and shading techniques to produce these wonderful portraits!

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Discovering Similarities and Differences

We learnt about how and where Sikhs worship. Here is an example of some beautiful work!

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