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 lower down the school in order to ensure high quality support for our youngest children. The entire school has been refurbished over the past 4 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 funding, we also have a community 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 we have had some major improvements to our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit with lots of new equipment and 2 mini-ICT suite areas.

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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Viking Day

Years 2 and 3 had a wonderful Viking Day in school. They even had a special visitor ‘Odin’ who shared tales and genuine Viking Experiences. They enjoyed their artistic activities as well as their home made soup and bread. A brilliant day, thanks to Odin and all the staff for this amazing experience.

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 Newsletter 33: Thursday, 26th May 2016

 Newsletter 33: Thursday, 26th May 2016

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Year 6 Cricket

Many thanks to our friend Dean Smith from Yorkshire Cricket Board. He visited Year 6 and despite the rain, helped to develop the skills of our Year 6 in Yorkshire’s National Sport. A brilliant afternoon – thanks to Mr. Sandwith for the lovely film of the occasion.

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Viking Food

Our Ladybirds & Bees had a wonderful time preparing some Vegetable Broth and home made bread in time for their Viking Day. It certainly looks fabulous and we know the children are really looking forward to their special visitor.

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Wonderful Vegetables to Come?

Who doesn’t love cauliflower cheese? Year 5 SS certainly do and are hoping the tiny cauliflower seeds they planted will grow into some very tasty vegetables they can eat in #CookIt. Fingers crossed our cauliflowers will look exactly like the one in the picture! 

 

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Wonderful Donation – Thank You

The after school gardening club were very excited to see the wonderful plants which have been donated by one of our lovley families. They got straight to work planting them and can’t wait for the beautiful flowers to appear!

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What Time is it Mr. Sandwith?

Year 6 were solving some tricky clock-based problems. Excellent time skills, well done everybody. 

 

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Cling Film Creations

Our Year 1 Starfish have been using cling film to create our own planets! We loved being messy and it felt really squidgy when we made our patterns! What do you think?

 

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Perfect Planters

There has been lots of activity in the polytunnel recently with children learning to plant seeds. Here are Year 1 Starfish with the pea seeds they  have just sown. 

 

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A New Area

We are sorry to see the Viking settlement move on BUT our kitchen garden is all ready for planting out after half. term.🌱🍓🍅🌽Seedling donations would be welcomed. We are hoping to grow salad veg, peas and herbs so that we can cook and eat them!

 

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Sensory Garden Opening Ceremony

Following our Special News that Birkwood secured an amazing £12,000 Funding Grant, we staged a wonderful opening ceremony for our spectacular Garden! We salute Tesco for the amazing donation, Mr. Twigg for his workmanship and of course Miss Betts and Miss Greenwood for their hard work in this curriculum area. Our Special Guest was Mrs. Gill Shaw who campaigned so passionately at Tesco and certainly helped to boost the ‘Vote Birkwood’ Tally. Many thanks to Kim’s Cakes for the amazing buns and a special mention to our parents, Governors and friends who were able to attend the special opening event. We are sure that SO many children will benefit from this amazing development at Birkwood.

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TASC Merchandise Work

Year 6 have begun work on our Production Merchandise. Using the TASC wheel, they have designed some superb logos for a range of merchandise that will help to finance their forthcoming trip to London. Of course, our community will have the chance to buy their Production Merchandise first, we know it will be wonderful.

 

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Year 2 Outdoor Challenge

Our Year 2 Butterflies have enjoyed a brilliant outdoor challenge. It started with a lollipop stick! Mission 1 was to give your lollipop stick a personality. Mission 2 – was collecting natural materials to build your lollipop person a shelter or house. Mission 3 was building the shelter………..🌰🌳🍂🍁🌲 As you can see, our work included ‘suspended’ constructions – it’s been a very technical development with many design modifications along the way. A wonderful morning, well done everybody.

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Lighting 2016

New Lighting Rig ~ You may notice that we have a new lighting rig so that we can spotlight the children; thanks to our Chair of Governors, Tommy Taylor for all his help and support and  also for the installation to Richard Burgin, School Governor and his team of hardworking staff.The new equipment will make its debut at Birkwood’s Got Talent!

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School Council Safety Assembly

Our School Council delivered am Assembly with Mrs. Shaw based on Road Safety and Safety around the community , including when riding bicycles. The helmet demonstration certainly proved to be an essential reminder as to their importance. Well done everybody, some key messages for us all to digest.

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Stay Safe Online

Many thanks to Mr. Sandwith for delivering our regular eSafety update in Assembly. It was very reassuring to know that our children really do know how to behave online and crucially, what to do if they experience something unpleasant  or even inappropriate. The ‘SMART’ eSafety agenda spells out perfectly just how to behave when using the internet. We also share the 2016 eSafety Videos at the end of this clip, please watch them with your children and at all times stay safe online #IncredibleCommunity

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Perfect Presentation

We loved our enjoyable fossil presentation by our collector in Year 6. A true expert on fascinating fossils. 

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Key Stage 2 Rounders

Well done to our Years 5 & 6 Rounders Team who competed at the Team Activ Competition. They finished third in their group and had a wonderful afternoon. Some super slogging – well done everybody.  

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Beautiful Buns

Our Year 2/3 Bees enjoyed their last #CookIt after school club – they wanted to make buns! 🐝🐝🐝

 

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Data Collection

Year 2/3 Butterflies have been collecting, presenting &  interpreting data collaboratively in maths. Well done, some super statistical work. 

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Nearly There……

EVERY spare moment is taken up with fine tuning our BGT 16 performances this week.  Choir are doing their ‘spot on’ sign in their pic. Our Brass Duet are sneaking in an extra session after lunch and one of our star clarinetists thinks he might try guitar too!

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Perfect Potter

Well done to this star in Year 5SS – some brilliant work on the iPad!

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House System – 2016 Winners

We have reached the last week for totalling the tokens as we needed to confirm the visit to Flamingo Land on the 16th June and organise all of the transport and staffing for over 70 children! We salute #TeamWater on their triumph over the 2016 period. We know they’ll have a wonderful time on their richly deserved visit. There is something very exciting planned for the children who remain at school too as they’ve all been really good.

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Headteacher’s Superstar Award

Our Year 2 children have done really well over the past week and have done themselves, you and our school proud in their Key Stage One SATs. Miss Betts, Mrs Sutton, Miss Spellman and all the staff in the Bees, Butterflies and Ladybirds are delighted. The results of their tests and teacher assessments will be included in their end of year reports. Well done everyone – a thoroughly deserved Headteacher’s Award this week.

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House of the Week

Well done to #TeamFire who are ‘House of the Week.’ They achieved a huge 380 tokens this week to gain our weekly award. A wonderful effort from The Reds – in the same week Barnsley again reached Wembley! Well done everybody.

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Sports Star of the Week

Term 3 Week 7 SportThis week’s Sports Star has achieved the Player of the Year from the Pinfold Pumas Under 10s. A wonderful effort as the team came a highly creditable third place in the league. Well done young lady, ‘Up The Pinny!’

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Special Performance May 2016

A wonderful Special Assembly included a Roman March & Fight Scene in movement from Year 4 as well as hearing our Violinists prepare for Birkwood’s Got Talent. A wonderful effort, well done to everybody.

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Dance Stars of the Week 

This week’s Dancing Stars are the whole of Year 4! They impressed Mrs. Porter so much they performed a Roman Army Movement Piece in Assembly. Have a look at their moves in our Video ‘ Special Performance May 2016.’ A great effort, well done everybody. 

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Gardeners May 2016

The Gardening Group visited Ledston Estate and had the chance to meet a range of animals and learn more about growing fruit, vegetables and flowers. They had a wonderful day! Thank you to Mrs Whitfield, Mrs Todhunter and Miss Greenwood.

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Beautiful Bonting 

Year 3’s mini topic ‘All about Shirley Hughes’ has proved a real hit! After sharing the delightful story ‘Bonting’ the children made their very own; using pebbles from Llandudno beach, brightly coloured paints and varnish.

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