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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Gentleman’s Generous Gift

We received a beautiful letter and very generous donation towards brass tuition from a gentleman in Leeds. He has heard all about our partnership with Grimethorpe Colliery Band and all the wonderful opportunities this brings! We have made him a very special thank you card. 

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Ahoy, Me Maties!

The children in Foundation Stage 2 have been pretending to be real pirates; they have been walking the plank and climbing the rigging! Look at how brave they are on the large apparatus! 

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Shapes are everywhere!

The Sunflowers and Daffodils have been finding 3D shapes in the outdoor learning area. I wonder if you could help them to find a sphere, cone, cube, cuboid, cylinder and square-based pyramid at home? 

They are so clever! 

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Amazing Aliens

Look at our out-of-this-world aliens! We had more legs and eyes than you could dare to dream of! 

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There’s an Alien Party on Planet Zum Zee!

Watch out – the Daisies have turned into aliens! We travelled all the way to planet Zum Zee and ate some special alien jelly.

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Chinese New Year in Foundation Stage 2

The children have been really excited to learn all about the Chinese New Year. They explored different Chinese foods and talked about how they were different to traditional English dishes. The children thought the food was delicious! 

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Rainforest Masks

Year 3 Robins have been making clay rainforest animals masks in art. Can you spot any familiar animals?

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All Aboard!

This week is film it week! We are recreating stills and short film clips from the Titanic’s 1st class accommodation using green screen technology.

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Terrific Team Laycock

We are all really proud of our woodwind musicians! They are making excellent progress. Well doneTeam Laycock.

 

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Dictionary Detectives

We worked with ‘vocabulary partners’ to show off our new dictionary skills.

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Measuring!

We enjoyed investigating capacity using everyday items as well as looking closely at reading scales using litres and millilitres.

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3D shape

Today, Y5/6 Panthers have been exploring 3D shapes. We have used nets to create models of a range of 3D shapes. Then we used the models to help us identify and discuss the properties. We looked at edges, vertices and faces – we were encouraged to analyse the different types of faces each shape had too.

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School Council: Minutes 8th February 2019

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Newsletter 20: Friday, 8th February 2019

Spring 1 Week 5

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Jungle Adventure Stories

The Squirrels have been busy with creative writing. They have been using expanded noun phrases to write about finding a magic egg. This week we have been describing the setting when the magic egg took us back in time to the Jurassic Jungle. We used drama to act out our story problem and climax. 

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Brilliant Birdwatching

KS2 Gardening Club had a fantastic time recording the number of garden birds in the school grounds for the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch. Using binoculars, they were lucky enough to see robins, starlings, blackbirds and blue tits.

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Position and Direction

The Hedgehogs have been learning all about position and direction this week. They are super at describing turns using words like clockwise and anti-clockwise.

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The Magic Egg

Over the past few weeks, the Hedgehogs have been spending a lot of time planning a story based around a special egg. They came up with some amazing ideas! After reading their plans, it was time to start writing ~ the end results were truly magical!

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Mary Anning

The Squirrels were very interested in the photograph of Mary Anning and they wished it would come alive! With some excellent questions prepared and a little bit of imagination, Mary Anning appeared!

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The Three Little Pigs in the Log Cabin

All week, we have been learning about the story of The Three Little Pigs, so we decided to rehearse our story in our very own stick house. Don’t worry – the Big Bad Wolf didn’t blow it down!

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Rights of the Child

Mrs. Lawson led a staff meeting on how to integrate CRC into our curriculum. 

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Foxes spotted in Cudworth Library!

The Year 1 Foxes had a fantastic afternoon in the Library. We had a lovely walk, story time and even a treasure hunt!

 

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Safer Internet Day 2019

The Year 5 Jaguars have been looking at how to be ‘SMART’ online and they have started to create their very own information comics on e-safety.

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Here is the News

Today, we learned about the collision between the Titanic and the iceberg. Here are our front page pictures of that dreadful day in 1912.

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Blasting Out A Ballad

 

Mr. S was impressed by the combined singing power of the Lions and Panthers. They gave a beautiful rendition of Adele’s version of ‘Make You Feel My Love’ in a joint music lesson.

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Team Fuller

 

 

We are really proud of our guitarists’ progress. Well done boys – keep working hard.

 

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Our Right This Week…

This week, we are looking at the rights that refugees have when forced to flee their homes and live in another country. (Article 22).

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Having Fun! 

Our percussionists took their new noisy piece of kit to the Birkwood Brass rehearsal today. They had a ball!

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Investigating

Our practical science task for this week required the Y3/4 Kingfishers to make observations linked to permeable and impermeable rocks.

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Team Dodd Trio

 

Mr Dodd is delighted with this trio’s progress. It is lovely that the boys are such good friends and can share their musical talents with each other too!

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