We wish you a very warm welcome to the Birkwood Primary School website and hope that by using the 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 within the context of an exciting and relevant curriculum that meets their needs and is underpinned by our School Logo ‘Inspire, Cherish and Achieve Together.’
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. 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.
Over the Summer 2015, we had some major improvements to our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit with lots of new equipment and 2 mini-ICT suite areas; Summer 2016, we have also improved the outdoor provision.
In case you’re wondering what the Double Decker Reading Bus is on our logos ~ we are converting it into a Library resource and our fundraising is helping to buy all new books. It’s very exciting!
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
Mrs Allen was very impressed with these four children. Their letters to C. S. Lewis in last week’s Big Write were excellent – they made every effort to achieve their writing targets.
Our classroom is looking extra sparkly as the festive season approaches. This display is packed with Big Writing, water colour paintings, sewing sampler Christmas cards, our real Christmas tree and wooden Nativity characters.
We are really proud of our Christmas learning!
13 of our School Councillors, from Year 2 to Year 6, were accompanied by Mrs. Allen, Father David and Mr. Sabin along with some of our parents. We had an amazing day! We visited the House of Commons, House of Lords, we did a workshop about democracy and we even went on the London Eye in the dark. Father David bought us all an ice cream and Mr. Sabin bought everyone a special pen ~ how lucky are we?!
…following the instructions for a recipe to make porridge and then they really enjoyed eating it like in the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.
Some of our choir representatives joined children from Churchfield and Cherry Dale schools to perform at the Cudworth Christmas lights switch on. What an uplifting occasion to kick start the festive season!
These two shining stars were in charge of pushing the button to switch on Cudworth’s Christmas lights.
Our Brass ensemble were invited to open this year’s concert at the Civic. The concert is held annually to celebrate the wide range of musical activities available in our town. Our children played an exciting programme of film music; their performances were first class and were received really well.
We’re all very proud of our musicians, many thanks to Mrs Sutton and Michael Dodd well done!
The Year 3/4 Butterflies were fantastic during their assembly, also considering they’re in the middle of their Nativity too. They entertained their audience with drama, singing, reading and fantastic speaking, well done to all of the children, Miss Betts and Miss Baum. Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for your support.
What a fantastic Christmas Fair! They seem to get bigger and better each year. We had brilliant stalls, exciting games, and even the chance to sit on Santa’s lap!
Thank you to Mrs. White for organising this excellent event, to our staff and governing body for their help, and to our #incrediblecommunity for their ongoing support. Final amount confirmed as £920.71!! All of the money raised goes directly back to the children and heavily subsidised trips and visits.
21 of our children went to a cheerleading competition, run by Team Activ, at Barnsley Gym Club in Carlton. This is the first time that the school has entered this competition and we finished in 1st place!
We are so proud of our children and Mrs. Porter, thank you to Mrs Shaw and Lily Whitfield for their help too! Well done everybody!
We were delighted to welcome Michael Dugher MP to school again to announce the winners of the Christmas Card Competition. Our runners-up both won £20 worth of book tokens, which one child has kindly donated to the Birkwood Reading Bus. School also received £100 in book tokens. Furthermore, our overall winner won an amazing £100 in Tesco vouchers!=
We are all delighted. Thank you Michael and well done to our three winners!
The Sunflowers and Daffodils had a wonderful time at our EYFS Reading Morning. They loved sharing story books and information books with their special grown-ups; they enjoyed a slice of toast and a drink of juice too!
We would like to say a very big thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for their continued support.
The Year 2 Woodpeckers were amazing during their assembly on Tuesday afternoon. They entertained our wonderful parents with art, drama, singing, reading and fantastic speaking skills.
Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for your support.
Today’s philosophy session was based on a mini film stimulus. Here are the children sharing their ‘first thoughts’ after watching it. During question selection, the children generated an array of meaningful, interesting and sometimes controversial ideas.
This was a very special session with lots of our quieter personalities ‘shining’ through alongside their peers.
Mrs Allen’s Superstar of the Week ~ for working hard all the time, including playing his instrument. We are all very proud of you!
Great team effort from children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 this week. Year 6 RH dug small holes around the edge of the school field and Year 1 Robins as well as Key Stage 1 after school gardening club filled them with spring bulbs.
We are celebrating the success of this hardworking group of violinists who have been studying hard with their teacher Mrs. Barber from Barnsley Music Hub. They have been particularly working on their technique and doing very well.
Y6NS has undergone some changes and the children are very excited. These Year 6 ladies have enjoyed reading in the ‘Christmas Corner’. Thank you to Santa’s little helper (Mrs. Birch) for making it look so appealing.
We are celebrating the success of this hardworking group of violinists. The children are studying hard, under their teacher Mrs. Barber from Barnsley Music Hub. Their focus this term has been based around developing their technique.
We know that the festive season is approaching when Little Donkey is echoing around school on a Thursday. Birkwood Brass are on top form and preparing to perform at Barnsley Civic’s Winter Celebration Concert on Wed 30th November and St John’s Church, Cudworth on 14th December as well as our very own Christmas Soirée!
After lots of sad news reports, the Bees’ assembly was packed full of ‘good news’ stories. The children shared their learning, across a broad and balanced curriculum, with families and friends. Many thanks to our #incrediblecommunity for their valued support.
We had a very exciting and busy day to support Children in Need and fundraising for the Birkwood Reading Bus. Our theme was ‘All about me’ so we had numerous displays from our staff in the morning: Mrs. Allen performed with Elsa; Mr. Summerfield showed off his climbing skills by scaling the apparatus; Mrs. Porter danced; Mr. Campbell did 78 keep-ups with Mr. Markham and Mr. Markham also showed us some golf skills, whilst rugby playing Mr Sandwith acted as compare until Mrs Allen took over!
In the afternoon, staff, parents, our Chair of Governors and school councillors ran numerous stalls to raise money. We managed to raise a fantastic sum of money – £1000.41 – thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for your support!
During anti-bullying week we talked about how words can hurt. We discussed how our feelings don’t always show on the surface but can be bubbling away underneath.
We created a piece of art work to show how verbal bullying can affect people. We used sponges and paint to create lava and a stormy sky, then we used collage materials to add the volcano, finally, we jotted words on the inside of the person to show how they may be feeling after experiencing verbal bullying.
What do you think of our work?
A weekend Arts’ Festival at Hope House Church in the Town Centre gave some of our musicians and artists the opportunity to share their talents.
On Friday night, our musicians performed in an open mic. session. The main stage was an ideal venue – Mrs Sutton was delighted that the children overcame a few ‘butterflies’ and produced AMAZING performances which received rapturous applause and cheers! Saturday morning showcased some of our fantastic artists. The children
(F2 to Y4) worked alongside children from two other schools to produce collaborative large scale modern art based around a theme of landscape and nature.
We are very proud of every one of the children – they are a credit to our school. Thank you to our families for their enthusiasm and support with this great opportunity.
The Bees created beautiful illustrations based on the lamp-post scene in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. They used ink pen and water colours to produce detailed artwork.
Yesterday, a huge box arrived from Barnsley Council as a ‘Thank you’ for entering their Barnsley in Bloom Competition in the summer. Gardening Club were very excited to open it and were amazed to find 500 daffodil and 1000 crocus bulbs inside. What a lovely surprise! Our school grounds will look fantastic in the spring.