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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Year 6’s Class Assembly

Our Year 6 children showed our special visitors some of their learningthis half term. Their hard work was displayed through drama, music (including Birkwood Brass!) and poetry. They were all fantastic – well done!

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Bring and Buy Sale 2017

Birkwood supported Children in Need on Friday 17th November. Thank you so much for all your kind and generous donations. A huge Thank You and well done to our wonderful School Council for their hard work! 

 

We raised £938.08 which will support Children in Need and our School Fund which heavily subsidises all trips and visits for our own children .

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Year 1 Grasshoppers’ Class Assembly

What a fantastic performance! The Grasshoppers amazed their audience with their knights and castle themed production. Everyone was impressed with all of the work displayed in their classroom, the performance of ‘George and the Dragon’ and the songs about knights.

 

Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for their ongoing support.

 

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Year 1/2 Athletics Multi Skills Competition

The competition took place at Netherwood. The red team finished 3rd place out of 28 schools. Well done!

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Year 1 start to Film It!

The children have been fantastic when using iPads! They have taken photos, put them in order and told our adults what they would like to type on the video in the text boxes.

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Recorder Time

The Kingfishers love their recorder lessons with Mr. Ingman. They are getting much more confident at playing a range of notes and reading music. They sound great!

 

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Computer Programming with the Kingfishers

 The Kingfishers are really good at  creating their own programs and debugging existing ones! They love the challenges set on Purplemash. Fantastic programming skills!  

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Dream (Y3) Team

The Woodpeckers were joined by the Kingfishers from Year 3. Their mission… to investigate reflection. The children worked in small teams to compare their reflections in plane, concave and convex mirrors. We laughed when we were upside down!

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Superstar!

Mrs. Allen’s Superstar of the Week has impressed teachers with his positive attitude to learning and his conscientious approach to work. Well done!

 

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Perfect Progress

We are so proud of the progress these sisters have made. They joined our school eleven weeks ago and look at their handwriting now!

 

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Superb School Councillors

Our School Councillors have shown initiative when planning our Bring and Buy Sale and they have made a fantastically positive contribution to our #incrediblecommunity. Well done School Councillors!

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Mood Boards

The Year 6 children enjoyed using Pic Collage to create mood boards. We linked our work to Children in Need through Logan’s Story and the children explored how Logan may have been filming at different stages of his story.

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Film It Club Supports Children in Need!

Our Year 6 children created some fantastic adverts for Children in Need merchandise. Film It Club are looking forward to producing more films in the future!

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Sharing Our Musical Talents

Who should drop by during our Year 3 class brass lesson today?… One of our Year 6 experienced euphonium players. Within seconds, Mr. Dodd had written a part for him to accompany our round. We are getting good with our Kodaly hand signs too.

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Debut Performance 

This Year 3 cornet player has been learning for just over half a term. She has VERY successful footsteps to follow in… Her older brother and sister are both accomplished musicians and she is most definitely making every effort to join them at the top! Here she is playing her first EVER Christmas carol.

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Sensational Young Scientist

This young man amazed everybody in assembly with his scientific knowledge. He wowed pupils and staff with his knowledge of space and the human body! It is hard to believe he is only in our Foundation Stage!

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Science – We LOVED It! 

Who would have thought that a science experiment could make you giggle? We loved investigating how the pupils in our eyes let light in. We closed the blinds, turned off the lights, watched our partner’s pupils closely and turned the lights back on again – Wow!

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Year 1 Grasshoppers’ Trip to Bolsover Castle

The Grasshoppers had a great time visiting Bolsover Castle. We spent the day exploring the ruins and talking about the size of the rooms – we couldn’t believe how big they were! The dungeons were horrible and we didn’t like being down there! In the afternoon, we looked around the smaller house and learnt about the people who used to live in the castle. We really enjoyed pretending to be Kings and Queens and sitting on the thrones. We finished off the day by having some fun in the play area and visiting the gift shop. We had a wonderful day!

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Year 5 Trip to Eden Camp

Year 5’s Topic this term is World War 2. The children enjoyed their day at Eden Camp, learning lots from the various exhibits. It was a fantastic day and it is very important that we remember.

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Stepping into Narnia

We loved dressing as Lucy, Susan and Peter from the Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. What a shame that it wasn’t snowing!

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Super Seven

We completed our very first attempt at Birkwood’s Magic Mile; here are the quickest seven finishers so far. Let’s see who has the stamina and determination to improve on their personal best over this next half term.

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Production Teams

The Woodpeckers worked in small teams to shoot, produce and edit a short film, using iMovie. Their brief was to highlight the importance of Anti Bullying Week 2017.

 

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What Do I Know? 

Our newest display shows off all of the things we know about Christianity.

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Newsletter 10: Friday, 17th November 2017

Autumn 2 Week 2

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Year 3/4 Dodgeball Competition

Our children went to a Dodgeball competition at Barnsley Academy. Both of our teams finished in 1st place in their groups – we were all so proud of them.

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Autumn Walk

The Daffodils are photography experts! They explored our local environment to find signs of Autumn and took some amazing photos. 

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Autumn Walk 

The Sunflowers have been so excited about our seasonal change to Autumn. They took on the challenge of being nature experts to find signs of Autumn in our own environment. Look at the amazing photos we have taken. 

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Superstar!

Mrs. Allen’s Superstar of the Week is really making an extra effort with all of her learning at the moment and her confidence is coming on in leaps and bounds! Well done!

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Year 4/5 Panthers Visit Eden Camp

Our topic for this term is World War 2. To help us to explore even further, we went on an exciting trip to Eden Camp and found out what life was like for people during this time.

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Baptism at St. John’s Church

The Year 2 Robins had a cold, but exciting walk to church to meet Father David. We learnt all about christenings and even celebrated the baptism of ‘baby’ Tommy.

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