Headteacher’s Welcome Message

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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.

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
Headteacher

 

 

 

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Celebration Assembly 2016

Congratulations to all of the certificate and award winners for this year – we are very proud of all your achievements.  The special awards presented were The Courage and Determination Award, Citizenship Award, Outstanding Achievement in English, Outstanding Achievement in Maths, Handwriting Award, Musical Star Awards and our Sports Awards. The best attending class has been Year 2/3 Butterflies with an average attendance of 97.2% – Congratulations to them! Thank you to all who attended, there will be official photos from the event – these will be available after the holidays.  The children also appreciated their gifts of the visit to The Lion King, a personalised teddy and bookmark.

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Year 2015-16

What another great year it’s been at Birkwood – thank you to each and every one of you for all your support, it is only by us working together that we can achieve all that we do. Thank you to all of our wonderful staff and governors who work tirelessly for our children, we are all ready for a rest – however have a look at some of the year’s highlights here!

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Teddy Bears Picnic in EYFS

If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise

If you go down in the woods today, you’d better go in disguise

For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain

Because today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic!

What a lovely time in EYFS Daisies – an end of year Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Some super snaps here from Mrs. Medlock – well done to all of our Daisies and of course their Teddy Bears.

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Year 5 Animal School

Year 5 had a wonderful time as Animal School Trainers with our friend Elsa. Some wonderful tricks were on display – enjoy our special afternoon here.

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Sports Assembly 2016

Well done to all of the children who received certificates and awards and to all the children who have taken part in our Sports Activities throughout the year. The children have many opportunities to receive awards and certificates each day and week in school, so the Sports Presentation is for competition winners. Thank you to Mrs Porter and Mr Campbell for providing our children with such a wide range of opportunities, to Mr Sabin and all the enthusiastic parents who have supported them.

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Top Table Dining

Many thanks to Mrs. Tiffany and our fantastic lunchtime staff who organised a wonderful Top Table Dining experience for the last time this year. Here are some lovely photos from the occasion where children who have caught the lunchtime staff’s eye for being SO good are rewarded. Thanks to Kim as always for the amazing buns. A lovely occasion, well done to all of the diners. 

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Attendance Matters 

What an achievement! We celebrated a massive 84 children winning a Bronze Award (100% Attendance with no lates over a term), and an enormous 78 children winning a Silver Award (100% Attendance with no lates over TWO terms). The Gold Awards (100% ALL Year) are reserved for End of Year Celebration Assembly – and a record number of pupils achieved this too! Many thanks to Mrs. Booth for her sterling work – even the pestering! And of course to our fabulous families for supporting us in this area so wonderfully well. 

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Headteacher’s Superstar Award

Yes it is Mr. Jones! Mr. Jones does a wonderful job in keeping our children, staff and visitors safe. He has recently excelled in his knowledge of Asbestos on a training event where he achieved no less than 100% in his assessment. A great effort – well done Mr. Jones and thank you for all you do at Birkwood.

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Organic Produce

A bumper strawberry crop from our Grow It lessons. They taste delightful! Totally organic too- #rainabitofsunandnothingelse. We hope Mrs. Allen enjoys them with a dash of cream maybe?

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Au Revoir Mademoiselle 

We have said ‘Au Revoir’ to Mademoiselle Le Saout. We thanked her for her work at Birkwood this year and organised a special presentation to appreciate her input with our Key Stage 2 linguists.   Au Revoir and Bon Chance! 

Au Revoir

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Sports Day 2016

Sports Day was a great success and it was wonderful to see so many families supporting the children.  Some parents and children were saying that it’s their favourite day of the year, we were very lucky with the weather too! The children tried so hard and we definitely have some sporting stars of the future! Many thanks to Mr. Sabin for his photography skills. The winning House Team was announced during the Sports Presentation Assembly as Team Air (Yellow). The 50/50 Prize was £83 and was won by Mr Burgin! Congratulations.

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Leavers’ Assembly 2016

Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye to our very special Year 6 children, some of whom have been with us for 7 years. Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly was a real celebration of their time at Birkwood; there were tears and a hall full of proud people.  Congratulations to all the children and thank you to Mr Sandwith, Mrs Birch and Mrs Faulkner who have worked so hard with them this year.  They all really enjoyed their Leavers’ Day and Barbeque. Many thanks to our parents for arranging a special send off – The Party Bus was amazing!

 

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The Somme

Mrs Allen, Mrs Whitfield and some Year 2/3 Butterflies were honoured to attend the new ‘Peace Garden’ at Cudworth Park to commemorate the 41 people who died in the Battle of the Somme.

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Sports Year 2015-16

What a year for sport at Birkwood. Mr. Campbell and Mrs. Porter have worked tremendously hard to provide some wonderful opportunities for our amazing children. We must also thank Mr Sabin and all the enthusiastic parents who have supported them in many events across the borough.

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Newsletter 39: Friday, 15th July 2016

Newsletter 39: Friday, 15th July 2016

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Blooming Marvellous…..

We welcomed the Yorkshire in Bloom judges to Birkwood and are now eagerly awaiting their reports! Many thanks to Miss Greenwood, Miss Betts and the Gardening Clubs across school for their superb work in making our campus such a lovely place to learn every day. Our secret weapon was to share our delicious strawberries – at the Wimbledon time of year too! Well done everybody.

Judging

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Newsletter 38: Friday, 8th July 2016

Newsletter 38: Friday, 8th July 2016

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Bike It Show 2016

We were very lucky to have Danny Butler & Rob Poison performing on the field to the whole school!  Thanks to Sustrans and ‘Bikeit Dave,’ we won the Big Pedal Event in March and this was our prize. Thank you ‘Bikeit Dave,’ Danny and Rob – a newcomer to Birkwood – we hope Mr. Summerfield has settled his nerves down!

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Raffle Winners

Celebration picnic. This is not just any picnic, it’s Mrs White’s picnic. Thank you VERY much for our picnic treat in Year 2/3 Butterflies. We were the class to sell most raffle tickets for our amazing Sumner Fayre!

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Roman Remains

The Butterflies enjoyed some super learning in maths – practical and written calculations using Roman numerals.

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Afternoon Tea

Mrs. Allen entertained our wonderful School Council for Afternoon Tea to thank them for their hard work throughout a memorable year! The cakes, from Kim were stunning and the children were superb in handling their cups and saucers! Well done everyone, special guest Mrs. Booth had a great time!

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Summer Fayre 2016

A huge Thank You and well done to Mrs. White and her band of helpers as the Friends of Birkwood Summer Fayre went tremendously well! Despite inconsistent weather conditions, the Birkwood Community was out in great numbers to support the school’s latest event. An astonishing £1051.78 profit was made – every penny of which goes straight back to our children. The stalls were great fun – some were tasty too! A special well done to Mrs. Tiffany who went home £100 richer with first prize in the raffle! A wonderful afternoon and thanks for your support!

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Year 4 Elsecar Brass Performance 2016

Year 4 had a wonderful morning at The Barnsley Music Hub Summer Concerts. Performing at Elsecar Heritage Centre alongside other schools, Mr. Markham was delighted with the children’s efforts. A huge Thank You to Mr. Dodd and Barnsley Music Hub for their work at Birkwood throughout another busy yet highly successful year. Have a listen – we love Music at Birkwood.

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Miss It Miss OUT!

It’s VERY nearly THAT time where our Hall turns into Birkwood Theatre! If you haven’t bought tickets for our production maybe these 2 videos – compiled by Year 5SS will change your mind. Have a peek for yourselves!

 

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Year 5 Transition

Year 5 had a wonderful day at Outwood Shafton experiencing some exciting transition activities. They competed in Olympic Style teams in dance, Sport, Design & Technology and even music too! A wonderful day, thanks to Outwood Academy Shafton for hosting us.

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We Love The Seaside

In EYFS Daisies, we played at the seaside then we had ice creams! Yummy!  We love School!

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Birkwood in Bloom

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Over the past few weeks children from across the school have been busy making our school grounds look bright and colourful by planting lovely flowers.

Next week special visitors from Yorkshire in Bloom will be judging our Community, Wildlife and Sensory Garden and also having a good look at everything else that we have been growing all around the school.

I’m sure they will be very impressed with all our hard work. 

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What a Start!

The new Birkwood Bakery had their first bake sale and yes, you guessed it! A total sell out and a fabulous £21 profit made. Pretty good for their first time! Thank you  #IncredibleCommunity for your ongoing terrific support.

 

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Newsletter 37: Friday, 1st July 2016

Newsletter 37: Friday, 1st July 2016

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EYFS Class Assembly 2016

EYFS Class Assembly 2016

Our Sunflowers and Daffodils wowed everybody with their Class Assembly and it’s hard to believe that it is their first ever assembly at our school. They showed everybody in the audience what they had learned about China through dance, song and drama. We’ll look forward to seeing more from these Birkwood Stars as they move up through the school. Thank you to all of the staff for their hard work, our parents and friends for supporting us and of course – to the stars of the stage!

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