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.

Our high quality learning environments include 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 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.

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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Sketching like Captain Nichols

The Year 5 Jaguars have been working hard all term at mastering sketching techniques. We have produced some wonderful sketches of Joey from Michael Morpurgo’s ‘War Horse.’

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Multiplication Method Masters

 

 

The Year 5 Jaguars have been working really hard on their times tables and long multiplication methods this term. Here are two demonstrations of marvellous methods!

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School Council Meeting – Minutes 19th October 2018

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Newsletter 7: Friday, 19th October 2018

Autumn 1 Week 7

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Magnificent Music Man

This Kingfisher spent his own time playing and then performing for some of his classmates today. What a talented young musician!

 

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Impressing Mr Ramskill

 

 

Our Year 1/2 percussionists are making excellent progress. Thanks to Mr Ramskill for his skill in working with such young musicians and for making learning so much fun!

 

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Lunchtime Musicians 

Here are two of our Key Stage 1 lunchtime club members enjoying a musical moment or two.

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Creature Classification

After a scientific afternoon of discovery and classification, we can explain the difference between the bodies of herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.

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Team Dodd Trio

What fantastic and enthusiastic playing from the new #teamdodd!

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Girl Power

This all female quartet (accompanied by Mr Dodd) are sounding fantastic!

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Classifying Plants in the School Grounds

Year 6 Lions have been exploring the school grounds, and using the evidence that they found to explain the classification of plants and organisms found in their local habitat.

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Nature Film It

Our class worked in pairs with a friend to capture still photographs of the changing season. We selected, deleted and cropped, and then used iMovie to add music, text and a few fancy emojis. As you can tell, we are extremely proud of our achievements!

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World War II Art Projects

The Year 4 Woodpeckers have enjoyed creating art projects linked to our World War Two topic. They have been creating War Gardens, and have been using their fantastic art skills to sketch World War Two soldiers.

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What a whopper!

How amazing is this pumpkin one of our Year 6 children brought it into school today! She bought a pumpkin plant from our plant stall at the summer fayre in June and managed to keep it alive throughout our long hot summer! Measuring 94 cm around its circumference, this pumpkin was so heavy we didn’t have any scales in school big enough to weigh it on. What an achievement!

 

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Air Raid

What a fantastic opportunity to enhance our writing! We experienced the sights, sounds, smells and emotions of an air raid shelter in 1941. Our time travel will inspire our Big Writing.

 

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Year 5/6 Football

Action from the Year 5/6 Football competition at Outwood Shafton. Both teams came 3rd in their groups, we were all so proud. Well done boys! 
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The Squirrels Feed The 5000

In RE this half term, we have been considering why the Bible is an important book for Christians. This week, the Squirrels have been using drama and freeze frames to act out the story of Jesus Feeds The 5000. 

Some children were asking excellent questions such as: ‘Do Christians believe that God made the world?’ and ‘How did Jesus feed 5000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish?’ 

 

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Coffee Morning

The Daisies loved their time at the café. They only had one problem – which bun to choose? Thank you for your ongoing support #incrediblecommunity

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As part of our World War 1 topic…

…the Panthers have been creating some emotive pieces of art. We studied a picture and talked about the skills the artist had used. Then, we looked at using pastels to create the silhouette of a soldier and used our blending skills to create a stormy sky. We will use paint to add some poppies which will stand out clearly against the dark backgrounds we have created.

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Happy Hedgehogs

The Daisies have loved baking their Happy Hedgehog biscuits. It was so hard not to eat them before our bake sale but because we a superstars, we completed the challenge. Thank you for all your support, we managed to raise some money for our wonderful school.#incredible community

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Year 5/6 Girls’ Football

Well done to our wonderful Year 5/6 girls’ football team who played at Shaw Lane, this was their first match together and everyone was so proud!

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Newsletter 6: Friday, 12th October 2018

Autumn 1 Week 6

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Spending Our Prize Money

 

We had a lovely time at Ackworth Garden Centre spending the £25 voucher we won for our vegetable planter at the Great Yorkshire Show.  There was so much to choose from! A huge thank you to Simon for showing us around, and also giving us lots of seeds to plant next year.

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Mr. Jones, our Caretaker visits the Robins

Mr. Jones has been to visit the Robins this morning to talk about his timeworking down the mine. We really enjoyed listening to his amazing stories.

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Robins Spotted on the Reading Bus

The Robins have been busy on board the Birkwood Reading Bus. We love the new books!

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The Robins Visit the Coal Mining Museum

Here are some photos from our trip to the National Coal Mining Museum. We went underground and experienced the life of a miner, we all had a wonderful day learning about Our Mining Heritage.

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Google Explorers

Year 6 enjoyed using Google Earth to explore European cities and to look for human and physical features of those environments.

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Foxes spotted on The Reading Bus

The Foxes loved having time to share stories on The Reading Bus. We looked carefully at the different types of books we could find and then chose our favourites to enjoy. 

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 Key Stage 1 Multi Skills

Action from the Year 1/2 Multi Skills competition at Outwood Shafton. Well done to all of our children and the Birkwood Blue Team who came 5th!

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Autumn Adventure 

The Foxes had a fantastic morning exploring the changes we can see in nature during the Autumn season. They used what they found to create a beautiful piece of art with labels too.
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