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 Train 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
We retold the story the three little pigs using instruments. We explored how instruments make different sounds.
We have loved learning about the three little pigs! Look at all of the exciting things we have done in our learning areas.
We have been exploring using our senses. Look at all the fun we have had!
The Sunflowers have loved having the large apparatus out in P.E! They have been pretending to be the sneaky wolf from the three little pigs as they travelled in different ways across the apparatus.
What a performance! Our National Dance Champions gave us an Assembly to remember – enjoy it here!
This week’s winner is from EYFS Sunflowers. Miss Jenkins has given a wonderful explanation as to why – “He always tries his best and has started to chatter more to grown-ups. He is wonderful in small groups and joins in with real enthusiasm! A little superstar!” Well done young man, a brilliant achievement.
This week’s Sporting Star is from Year 1 Starfish. He has shown tremendous ability and work ethic in Multi Skills – well done young man. A great effort.
Our very own Mr. Campbell has graced the Barnsley Chronicle. Mr. Campbell was featured due to his plans to run a Half Marathon in support of Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Please feel free to sponsor him, wish him luck and pass on good wishes. A brilliant idea for a brilliant cause so close to his heart.
Mr Sandwith led a special assembly to remind the children about keeping themselves safe online and making sure that they have the correct filters in place on phones and tablets. The key messages were: how to stay in control; how to have fun and how to report anything that upsets or worries them.
Our newest Barnsley Youth Choir training choir member. She’s got the t shirt and has been measured for the dress!
This lovely story led to some excellent philosophy on Year 2/3 Butterflies. ‘My parents make sure I eat proper meals until I am old enough to cook my own.’ ‘My parents check that I am safe online.’ ‘Parents need to have some time too – that makes them even better at their job.’ ‘Great parents can live in different houses.’ And ‘My parents will help me be a good daddy’ all were comments heard! A great session, well done everybody.
Year 6 have been working together to improve our reading skills. We have been generating questions about the text and discussing our ideas
The Year One Starfish and Turtles had a polar explorer’s day this week. They had a visit from a ‘polar explorer’ then went on their own Arctic expedition. They pitched a tent to keep warm, collected sticks to make a campfire, spotted Arctic animals, drank hot chocolate, made marshmallow igloos, and investigated icebergs and ice floes. Everyone had lots of fun and learnt about what it’s like in the Arctic.
Our Year 2/3 Bees provided a wonderful Class Assembly on their topic, Julia Donaldson. The centre piece was a brilliant performance of The Gruffalo with some wonderful acting, singing and speaking on show. They shared their talents as authors – they had provided alternative endings to the classic tale and also a catchy song as well! As always, the Assembly was tremendously well supported – thank you to our #IncredibleCommunity. Well done to Miss Spellman and Miss Baum and of course to the brilliant performing stars. A wonderful afternoon.
Year 6 created interesting, eye-catching sentences before they watched another exciting assembly.
Thank You AGAIN to our #IncredibleCommunity – our latest offerings from Birkwood Bakery ‘flew off the shelves!’ A brilliant effort, we hope the produce tasted as good as it looked!
Year 2/3 Ladybirds had a great time at Cudworth Library. They walked up to our local facility and enjoyed finding some books written by their favourite authors. Thank you to everyone at Cudworth Library for making us so welcome.
A fantastic Year 5 Soloist gave a wonderful performance to Year 4 Brass. His version of Star Wars was wonderful and enjoyed by all! Well done, a brilliant effort.
Many thanks to Mrs. Tiffany and the Lunchtime Staff for organising our latest Top Table. As usual, our wonderful buns were made by Kim (thanks again for those) and the children who had attracted the attention of our Lunchtime Staff had a real treat. Well done everybody. A great way to sign off a busy half term.
We had a great time at our Valentines Disco. Mrs. White and the team did another great job in providing a wonderful evening of entertainment for our stars. Thank you to everyone who was able to support the event. The children looked fabulous.
Marshmallow rice crispy treats are on sale (4th Feb at 3:15) at the Birkwood Bakery as well as more of their signature sweetie buns and their special hot chocolate! If sales are as swift as normal, make sure you arrive at Birkwood Bakery early!
Some wonderful Homework arrived from Year 2/3 Butterflies. This ‘Play Doh’ version of Julia Donaldson brightened ourSpecial Author Topic.
It’s Bingo Time on Thursday 4th February #IncredibleCommunity. Please support Mrs. White and the team – it’s always a great night!
The Butterflies have enjoyed a range of practical and written tasks using units of time.
A magnificent effort from Year 5 and their Homework Challenge. This magnificent mountain has been made with Mum and Dad and has certainly made a huge impression with his class mates.
What a performance by our Year 2/3 Butterflies. They brought the story of The Gruffalo to life for a wonderful, supporting audience (thank you #IncredibleCommunity) as they shared their favourite story from their Topic – Julia Donaldson. A wonderful afternoon. Thank you to Mrs. Sutton & Mrs. Whitfield and most importantly, well done everybody!
As part of their ICT learning this half term, the Turtles have been ‘TV chefs’ and used the IPAD to film their own healthy eating TV cookery programmes. The children worked in groups to write their own smoothie recipes. They then presented and filmed their own cooking programmes. Watch our cookery clips to learn how to make these healthy delicious smoothies! Please note there is video from one group to follow.
Our latest Family #CookIt produced homemade lasagne for the last of this half term’s Family #CookIt Clubs. Well done to Mrs Whitfield and the trainee chefs – a brilliant and delicious half term!