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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Superstar!

Mrs. Allen’s Superstar of the Week for having a super attitude in and around school.

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Music Matters

Pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 sampled the positives of singing in our choir. We all had a great time!

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Stepping back in Time

We learned all about the Oakes Mining Disaster of 1866. On the 12th December, 361 men and boys lost their lives. This happened just 3 miles from our school, in Cudworth. Reports tell us that the many explosions could be heard for miles around and it ‘snowed’ black dust!

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Vear 6 Netball – Passing and Moving

Our Year 6 children have been developing their ball handling skills this half term. Here is a short video of them focussing on their passing and moving to help them playing netball.

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2Connect

Our Year 6 children have been working collaboratively online! Using the 2Connect software on PurpleMash, the children have been able to share and develop their ideas for their Smartphone Apps.

 

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Visit to Robert Street Allotments.

A big thank you to Morgan Hides Nannan, Kathryn, and Mick and Lynne White for showing some of our children around their wonderful allotments! We had a great time with Mrs. Allen and Miss Greenwood searching for all the fruits and vegetables and saying hello to the chickens and Bobby the rabbit.

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Lunchtime Fun

Year 6 have been enjoying peace and quiet at lunchtime, playing games and producing artwork.

 

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Place Value in The Kingfishers

 

The Kingfishers are super at representing numbers in different ways, today we used Dienes.

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Year 6 Lunchtime Artists

Some of our children have enjoyed practising sketching and developing their design skills.

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Music To Our Ears

This year, we have more musicians in school than EVER! Here are two of our newest learners from Year 2 and Year 3.

 

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Use Your Vote! 

Today was Hustings for potential School Councillors in the Year 3 Woodpeckers. We had many applicants, all with excellent ‘pitches’. The votes are in, verified and…..top secret until assembly!

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After School Clubs Autumn (1) 2017

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Newsletter 2: Friday, 15th September 2017

Autumn 1 Week 2

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All About Me

We have been exploring writing linked to our topic ‘ All About Me!’ in our first days as Year 1 Dragonflies. Children have worked independently and in small groups to create some pieces to be very proud of. 

 

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Our Science Lesson Was ‘Rock’ ing! 

We learned new scientific vocabulary to help us investigate the properties of rocks. Rocks can be permeable (we tested using water), chalky (we tested using vinegar), hard (we tested by scratching with coins) and they can sink (we tested by putting in deep water). We examined our findings closely, using magnifying glasses. We reported our findings on film today.

 

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 Brass is Back!

It was great to welcome Mr. Dodd  into school this afternoon. The Year 3 Woodpeckers were given their new instruments and impressed Mr. Dodd with their ‘buzzing’ mouthpieces and excellent listening skills!

Next, Mr. Dodd met with the experienced Year 6 Birkwood Brass musicians. He congratulated the children on their ABRSM results and discussed plans for a VIP concert opportunity to take place on 20th October. Team Dodd showed a real commitment to their teacher, school  and peers!
Two of our talented brass players have taken up the challenge of learning the tuba. Thanks to their parents for accepting a new (rather large) instrument into their families!

 

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Shining Brightly!

Our detailed artwork is proudly displayed in our classroom.

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Bringing the Past into the Present

Our first ‘new topic’ lesson was brought to life by real mining artefacts. We spent time sharing thoughts, ideas, opinions and knowledge about our very own mining heritage.

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Super number work!

Today the Y1 Grasshoppers having been showing off their number skills. They have used cubes to make ‘snakes’. Everybody counted really carefully and made a snake of 10 cubes. We all tried to make one snake that was bigger than 10 and one snake that was smaller than 10 and we labelled each snake to say how many cubes we had used!

 

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Stay Safe Online

Remember to work as part of a TEAM when discussing e-safety at home:

Talk to your child regularly about what they are doing online;

  • Exploretheir favourite sites together;
  • Agreerules about what’s OK and what’s not;
  • Manage technology and use safety settings and controls.

 

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Kingfishers’ Mining Moments

The Kingfishers have settled in fantastically well. They are enjoying their new coal mining topic and have already created some great pieces of art to display in our classroom.

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Newsletter 1: Friday, 8th September 2017

Newsletter 1: Friday, 8th September 2017

 

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Birkwood 2016-2017

 

From fantastic performances, to trips to the seaside, to buses as libraries, to Mrs. Allen’s M.B.E., it has been another outstanding year at Birkwood Primary School. Relive some of our highlights in this video.

Thank you to everyone for their hard work throughout the year and to our #incrediblecommunity for their continued support.

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End of Year Assembly 2016-17

 

What a brilliant assembly! We enjoyed celebrating the achievements of all of our children. Well done to the Year 6 children who received special awards and to all the other children throughout school.

Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for their support.

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A Fantastic Donation to Little Princess Trust

One of our amazing Year 5 pupils came up with a tremendous idea. She decided to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust. Our #incrediblecommunity are so proud of her!

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End of Year Production – Oliver!

What an amazing performance! They Year 6 children, along with members of Birkwood Choir, dazzled a number of audiences with tremendous acting, fantastic singing and brilliant dance routines. Everybody who went to watch was left wanting MORE!

Thank you to Mrs. Porter, Mrs. Sutton, Miss Hayward and Mrs. Birch for their help in the build-up to these shows and during each performance.

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Newsletter 39: Friday, 21st July 2017

Newsletter 39: Friday, 21st July 2017

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Exam Day!

Four of our talented brass musicians attended The Barnsley Music Hub’s ABRSM exam centre at the Civic. The children performed really well in their Grade 1 cornet and baritone exams. They made Mr. Dodd and Mrs. Sutton very proud – shining examples of hard work paying off. 

Somehow, we found ourselves in a lovely little cafe! Cafes do help musicians – fact!

 

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Sports Year 2016 – 2017

What a year for sport at Birkwood! Mr. Campbell and Mrs. Porter have worked tremendously hard once again to provide some wonderful opportunities for our fantastic children. The children loved Ash Randall’s performance! We must also thank Mr Sabin and all the enthusiastic parents who have supported the children in many events across the borough.

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Sports Day 2017

Sports Day was a great success, the weather was superb and it was wonderful to see so many families supporting the children.  Once again, some parents and children were saying that it’s their favourite day of the year! The children tried so hard and we definitely have some sporting stars of the future! Many thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers on the day – it was great to see Mr. Sabin at another one of Birkwood’s sporting events!

 

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