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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Newsletter 36: Friday, 24th June 2016

Newsletter 36: Friday, 24th June 2016

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Year 6 Headingley Visit

What a day Year 6 enjoyed at Headingley Stadium – the home of the Champions, Yorkshire CCC. After registration, they enjoyed a whole host of activities. They worked with Yorkshire Cancer Research, toured The Long room, Carnegie Pavilion and even enjoyed Kwik Cricket on the hallowed turf. They received a Stadium Tour and visited the Museum, led of course by Birkwood Favourite Mel. A really superb day – we don’t like cricket WE LOVE IT! Many thanks to Superstar Bowler Jack Brookes for taking the time to chat and pose for photos.

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Sensory Garden Watch

Year 2/3 Butterflies enjoyed exploring our Sensory Garden – did it have many residents we wonder?

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Lest We Forget…

The Centenary poppy tapestry is completed. 41 men from Cudworth aged 18 yrs to 42yrs were killed at the Somme #Wewillrememberthem

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Super Strawberries

Children from Year 1 Turtles and Starfish worked brilliantly together to dig holes for our new raspberry plants. A big thankyou to Miss Greenwood’s Mum for growing them for us. We can’t wait  to taste the juicy red fruit which should be ready to pick  after the summer holidays in September.  

 

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What a Discovery! 

On Sunday night this superstar found 5 House Martin chicks on the floor of her shed. House Martin nests are made from mud and the nest had dried up and fallen. With her Mum, she took an old bucket and placed the remains of the nest inside. They then hung the bucket from the shed roof. It’s been 2 days now and the parents are still feeding them and they have now opened their eyes.

This wonderful family has most definitely saved the chicks lives. A super story, well done!

 

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Plant Sales…..

It almost looked like a garden centre in the school playground last week as our green fingered children were selling some of the plants and vegetables they have grown. The best sellers were definitely the strawberry plants closely followed by some beautiful purple and blue cornflowers. Don’t worry if you missed our stall as gardening club will be selling plants every Thursday in the playground after school. Look out for our huge pumpkin plants and pretty poppy flowers this week!  

 

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School Council ~ End of Year Report to Governors 21st June 2016

School Council ~ End of Year Report to Governors  21st June 2016

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Sleepover 2016

Year 6 had a fantastic night at the sleepover. They enjoyed an evening of stargazing, circus tricks, growing aliens and staying up late (of course). Many thanks to all of the staff, including Mr. Burgin and Mr. Harness (from Shafton), for supervising the children and making it such a memorable experience.

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Headteacher’s Superstar Award

This week’s Headteacher’s Superstar is from Year 1 Turtles. She has been selected for her excellent progress in reading and her wonderful efforts in the Year 1 phonics screening assessments. Miss Moralee added that, ‘She is a genuine ray of sunshine every single day.’ A wonderful achievement, well done, we are all SO proud of you.

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The Gruffalo’s Child

Our Year 2/3 Butterflies, Bees and Ladybirds went to see the Gruffalo’s Child in Doncaster. It was VERY exciting –  One wild and windy night the Gruffalo s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he? Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award winning sequel was brought to life in this magical, musical adaptation. Songs, laughs and scary fun for children were received with great enthusiasm as our work on Julia Donaldson came to an end. A wonderful day, thanks to all of our staff, helpers & Governors for arranging the visit.

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Newsletter 35: Friday, 17th June 2016

Newsletter 35: Friday, 17th June 2016

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Flamingo Land 2016

Well, #TeamWater certainly enjoyed their House Winners Treat by the looks of these lovely clips and images. Over 70 children went to Flamingo Land for the day and completed Safari Tours, enjoyed some amazing rides and even coped with Mr. Markham for the day! It certainly taught us that working hard in school leads to special rewards and the winning team were a credit to everyone at Birkwood. A superb day, well done #TeamWater.

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Woodfest 2016

Well what a day! Even the weather failed to stop us building dens, being entertained by some live music(thanks to Barnsley Music Hub)  and of course enjoying some delicious refreshments courtesy of our BBQ. Our Woodfest 2016 certainly inspired the children in #TeamFire, #TeamAir & #TeamEarth as we all worked together regardless of age as some EYFS children managed to help Year 6 Den Builders. Thank you to all of our helpers – Mums, Uncles, Aunties and all of our staff who remained in school as #TeamWater enjoyed their day at Flamingo Land.

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Bakery Stars

Well WHAT A NIGHT! Birkwood Bakery attended the I Can Awards and left the Holiday Inn at Dodworth with 3 amazing pieces of news. As well as celebrating a wonderful project, they scooped the ‘Best Video,’ ‘Most Profit’ and ‘Special Commendation,’ prizes! Unbelievably, each baker scooped Meadowhall Vouchers to the tune of £75 to celebrate their wonderful project. Many thanks to Miss Betts & Mrs. Whitfield for their leadership of Birkwood Bakery and of course to Mrs. Allen for her support on this special evening. A brilliant effort, well done everybody.

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Lion King 2016

It was an amazing day for staff, children and parents. We met at school at 7am and were eating our lunch at the M1 services by 11am! We enjoyed a sight seeing tour of London and then for the highlight of the day ~ the performance at the Lyceum Theatre. It was breathtaking and most of the staff were watching the children rather than the show to see their faces! Another highlight was the visit to MacDonalds at Watford Gap Services on the way home! It was most definitely a ‘once in a lifetime experience’. I’m sure the children appreciated everything that went into planning and organising the day.

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Lest We Forget

The Butterflies have been working hard on the commemorative banner in the memory of the men from Cudworth who made the supreme sacrifice at the battle of the Somme 1916-2016. Some beautiful work befitting such a special occasion, well done everybody.

 

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Bird Box Project

A group of children from Year 2/3 Butterflies have been involved in a project to build bird boxes which have been put up in Cudworth Park to encourage wildlife. They also built a mini beast and bug hotel while they were at Cudworth Park and a worm took up residence straight away! Thanks to Miss Greenwood for this wonderful opportunity.

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Year 2 Construction – Learning with Lego

We spent a morning without our Year 3 friends (swimming) building, planning, changing, designing, calculating, discussing, sharing, trading, observing, commenting, explaining, assessing, admiring, suggesting, evaluating and enjoying! Some amazing creations, well done everybody.

 

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Summer of Sport

Our focus this week was the ‘Summer of Sport.’ Reports on major sporting festivals lead to research, artwork and geographical discussions. Wimbledon,  Euro 2016, the Paralympics and the Olympics were our main features. We have some world class athletes reproduced with world class artistic skills. Paul Pogba, Jessica Ennis & a rhythmic gymnast have all been represented.

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Burger Treats

Year 1 Turtles had a brilliant first after school #CookIt club session! They made homemade Quorn burgers. We think they enjoyed them too.

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A Wonderful Donation

Year 1 Starfish and Turtles were amazed at the amount of plants which arrived yesterday. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Morley for giving us 600 bedding plants to make our school look bright and colourful during the summer months. 

 

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Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth 

Thank you for your support with the Red,White and blue theme for Queen Elizabeth ~ all of the children looked amazing! Thank you to Kim Wilson for making Her Majesty’s birthday cake and for making every child a special bun. The childen enjoyed a Tea Party and entertainment. Another special day at Birkwood!

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The Name’s Boffin…… James Boffin

We had an amazing afternoon at Birkwood – shaken not stirred with secret agent James Boffin (W7.) he enthralled all of our children with a whole host of scientific experiments – all delivered with a certain W7 Style. The afternoon finished with an amazing rocket launch! Thank you James, I’m glad we were expecting you Mr. Boffin.

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The Turtles looked fantastic dressed in red, white and blue for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration.

 They enjoyed different activities including writing letters to the Queen, making flags and party invitations, and learning a song for the Queen’s birthday. They enjoyed their afternoon tea and we all had a lovely time. Happy Birthday your Majesty!”

 

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The Turtles are ‘having a wild time’ enjoying using their new jungle role play area…

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Science Meets Art

We spent time launching our smashing new topic and it was packed with flower power🌻🌼🌵🌴🌲🌱🌺 The children found out about plants and flowers. We used online research, recognition, classification sketches and plant dissection to help with this mission. The children are certified Botanical experts…… and it’s week one!

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Passport Please

Year 4 are having a great time creating Anglo-Saxon passports. They have produced some superb identification documents!

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Perfect Pets

The Year 1 Starfish are recreating their family pets in paper plates – can you tell who’s who?

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Excellent Enterprise

The brilliant Birkwood Bakers have met the Dragons! They have ‘pitched’ their amazing Bakery project to an elite panel of judges and await their response! Exciting times.

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