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.

Our high quality learning environments include 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 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.

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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Newsletter 32: Friday, 24th May 2019

Summer 1  Week 4

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Behind the scenes at BGT

A sneaky backstage glance at our wonderful children!

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Working Outdoors

We loved spending time outside with all things arty this afternoon – the perfect time to use our sketching and photography skills! We took time out to watch a colony of ants working hard!

 

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Fact Finding with the Foxes

This week in Literacy, we have been learning all about fire-fighters past and present. We have been working in pairs on the iPads to research amazing facts about the fire service and how it has changed over the years.

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Being Social … Before Social Networks

The Year 6 Lions have been discussing what communication was like for their parents and grandparents when they were growing up. After that, they shared how children communicate in the modern day. We have also spoken about the first times that special adults used the internet and what it used to be like. 

 

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The Foxes Grow Beans

This half term, the Foxes have been learning all about plants in Science. Last week, we planted beans and waited for them to grow! We have been keeping a bean diary to record their growth over time.

 

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Delightful Ducklings

The Daisies love our new ducklings. They are superstars at looking after them. We have named them Nigel, Dotty and Holly. 

 

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Jack and the Beanstalk

The children have been retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk using pictures and actions to help them. They investigated what plants need to grow before planting their very own beanstalks, and enjoyed checking them every day to see if they had grown. They then created their own dance all about the life cycle of a plant. 

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Welcome to the World! 

We have loved watching our chicks hatch in Foundation Stage 2. The children have enjoyed writing their favourite name choices and putting them into a draw. The winning names were: Spiderman, Tig, Rapunzel, Max, Nuna, Cutie and Butterfly-Daisy. The children have been so careful and kind to them, and have completed some wonderful writing all about them. 

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Super Squiggle!

We love Squiggle while you Wiggle in the Daisies. Look at our wonderful moves and mark-making. We are superstars! 

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Wonderful Writers! 

Wow – the Daisies love writing so much; they are even writing outside. Look at their wonderful pencil control. They are writing superstars! 

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Super Sketching

The Year 6 Lions have created these beautiful sketches using proportion and shading techniques. We will review our sketches and use our skills to produce self portraits.

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‘Tour de Birkwood’

The Sunflowers and Daffodils were inspired by the ‘Tour de Yorkshire’. They planned their very own ‘Tour de Birkwood’. They made signs for the big race and then took part in competing against each other by racing on our bikes. They had so much fun! 

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The Life Cycle of a Chick

The Sunflowers and Daffodils have been busy dancing in P.E. This time, they explored the life cycle of a chick. Look at how creative they are!

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Super Mathematicians!

We are incredible at ordering numbers in Foundation Stage 2 and we love a challenge! We can read our numbers to 20 and place them in sequence. Aren’t we Superstars?

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Chemical and Physical Reactions

Is it irreversible or reversible? Can slime be reversed? These are the questions we have investigated in Science Week. 

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Practically Science

This week’s science lesson was entirely practical. We worked in pairs to dissect roses. Now, we can name parts of a flower and talk about their functions. Great work scientists!

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Advanced Artistic Skills

We used our watercolour skills to create beautiful works of art. The ‘magical’ vehicles in the Harry Potter books were our focus.

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Newsletter 31: Friday, 17th May 2019

Summer 1 Week 3

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Dynamic Display Designs

Our classroom is looking fresh and inspiring. We know that our carefully planned and created work is celebrated – and we are always delighted to share our learning with others.

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New Kids on the Block 

This quartet have been learning class brass since September. Now, they are having small group lessons with our Mr. Dodd. You’re sounding fantastic girls!

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Star Worker

Introducing Mrs. Laycock’s star woodwind worker for this week! She’s worked really hard to learn this piece from memory! We are really proud of your commitment to your music lessons.

 

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A Great Afternoon for the Kingfishers

We had a fun packed afternoon at the Tour de Yorkshire in our town centre. The children were a credit to our school.

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Philosophy 

Our stimulus was the clip of the Aston Villa and Leeds Utd game last weekend. Appropriate & acceptable behaviour & fair play in professional sports people were hot topics. Some wise opinions here!

 

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Birkwood Brass

Here’s Birkwood Brass in action after school! Sounding great everyone- keep up the hard work.

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Super Star Saxophonist

Listen to her rich tone. She will be performing at BGT in a few weeks time – watch this space.

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Summer Serenade

Week 1 of term 3 and we’re playing in 3 part harmony.

 

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School Council Minutes: 10th May 2019

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Newsletter 30: Friday, 10th May 2019

Summer 1 Week 2

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Showing Our Support

Our children featured in the Yorkshire Post, showing their support to the cyclists during The Tour de Yorkshire.

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