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.’

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.
Our strong and committed Governing Body have made the decision to keep class sizes as small as possible in Foundation Stage and Year 1 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 which will be further developed this academic year.

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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Recording Musical Memories

What a wonderful afternoon! Our children enjoyed showcasing and celebrating their musical talents in front of specials visitors from Brass Band England (Sophie Anderson), Outwood Shafton (Cara Ackroyd), Barnsley Music Hub (Alex Francis) and our own #incrediblecommunity (Mr. and Mrs. Winder, Mr. Burgin and Father David). All of our visitors were amazed by what they heard and the audience made up of children and adults from our school loved listening to the choir and to Birkwood Brass. 

 

Thank you to our visitors for coming to watch and a special thank you to our Chair of Governors, Mr. Taylor, for recording this outstanding performance. CDs will be available soon!

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Heart Start – Simple Skills Save Lives

Year 6 enjoyed completing a basic awareness course in Emergency Life Support. They learnt about DRSABC (Danger, Response, Shout for help, Airways, Breathing, C.P.R.),helping somebody who is choking and looking after somebody who is bleeding. 

 

Thank you to Heart Start for delivering the fantastic training!

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Cook It – Making Smoothies

The Year 5 Lions have been learning all about the importance of nutrition and food choices this half term. We were challenged to make a variety of juice and smoothie recipes, with an explanation as to why each ingredient was chosen and what specific health benefit their recipe was deigned for. We all had a wonderful time creating a concoction of drinks. Some were very tasty; others were more of an acquired taste. It was good fun and we all loved our smoothies.  

 
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First Class Assembly – Sunflowers and Daffodils

The Sunflowers and Daffodils have worked so hard this term. They have learnt so much about animals and absolutely loved sharing all their work with our special visitors in their very first Class Assembly. A big well done to them! Thank you to our families for all ofyour support. 

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Newsletter 33: Friday, 22nd June 2018

Summer 2 Week 3

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Richard from ‘Travel With Us’

Birkwood was delighted to welcome Richard to our school. He told each class a range of stories about his time growing up and how it had inspired his stories. The children were engrossed by his tales about ‘ordinary things made into extraordinary things’. Here is a video from the Woodpeckers and the Kingfishers to show a glimpse of his time in school.

 

Thank you Richard for visiting!

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Vikings!

Year 2/3 Kingfishers are enjoying their topic work. Here are some fantastic pieces of art inspired by Vikings.

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The Great Birkwood Bake Off

Two of our Barnsley Youth Choir families arranged a wonderful baking competition to help raise funds for the amazing Barnsley Youth Choir. All of our children and adults contributed by producing their very own class cake entry. The Sunflowers and Daffodils were overall winners. Congratulations to all of our children for their super entries and to our incredible community for being excellent cake testers! 

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Wonderful Weekend Workshop

All available Birkwood Brass musicians were invited to take part in a brass workshop. Barnsley Music Hub arranged a seven hour workshop delivered by ten professional musicians from Austonley Brass. Our pupils received expert tuition, opportunities to chat with the musicians about their careers and the chance to perform alongside the ensemble in a showcase at the end of the day. A musical day to remember!

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Baking for BYC

Year 6 enjoyed baking and decorating a range of cakes. The children’s theme was inspired by the end of year production, ‘Wizard of Oz’.

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Scientific Investigations

The Year 2/3 Kingfishers have carried out lots of scientific investigations. Take a look at all the work we have done based on Forces and Motion!

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Life Cycle Films

The Kingfishers were inspired by our wonderful trip to watch ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and wanted to learn more about these lovely animals. In science, we learnt about the life cycle of a duck and then spent our ‘Film it’ week presenting what we had found out. Here are a few of the finished films. 

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In the Style of…..

‘How does your garden grow?’ is our topic this half term. We looked at the works and techniques of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Please enjoy our beautiful paintings.

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Working (and Playing) Hard! 

With just weeks at Birkwood left, Team Dodd are working hard to perfect a new challenge -gong repertoire. Here they are rehearsing a brand new piece. Watch for tiny team Dodd popping up in the background-they love to stay after school to pick up tips!

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Newsletter 32: Friday, 15th June 2018

Summer 2 Week 2

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We LOVE This! 

It was lovely to watch some of our award winning brass ensemble open this poster! What a great momento of a golden day at the National Youth Brass Band Championships 2018.

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Cudworth Ward Alliance Awards

We were all so very proud of our children last night who were selected for Awards in Courage and Determination, Citizenship, Sport, Attendance, Academic and Vocational Awards. The Cudworth Ward Alliance did us proud with each child receiving a beautiful trophy and certificate presented by the Mayor.  Congratulations from Mrs Allen, Mr Froggatt, Mrs Sutton and all our Parents and Carers.

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And Here is the Musical News….

Today was the day when this fab flautist received her well earned Grade 2 certificate. We are so proud of her dedication to all things musical, and there’s no stopping her – this term, it’s Grade 3 trumpet. Keep up the great work, you are such an inspiration to our younger children! 
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Selfless, Random Act of Kindness

A lovely, new hair cut AND she has gifted her hair to the Little Princess Trust. 
 
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We’ve Been to the Ballet!

What a lovely afternoon; we enjoyed catching up with the Northern Ballet and their very special interpretation of the Ugly Duckling.

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‘Blooming’ Beautiful!

We are really enjoying our latest display. What skilled and imaginative artists we have at Birkwood!
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School Council Meeting – Minutes 8th June 2018

08.06.18

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Newsletter : 8th June 2019

Summer 2 Week 1

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Merchandise

Production begins. Year 6 are now in the process of making merchandise to sell. We are hoping to raise money to help pay for our trip to ‘The Lion King in London’.


 

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TASC

The design team are using TASC to produce merchandise to sell at our school production. Watch out for more exciting news and products.

 

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Superstar!

Mrs. Allen’s Superstar of the Week is so kind and caring towards everybody. She is enthusiastic about everything and tries her best all of the time! 

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I’ll Be There

Year 6 have been finding the pulse in a range of Jackson 5 songs; learning about music played in the Motown style; playing riffs alongside the Jackson 5 on glockenspiels; as well as learning and performing the song ‘I’ll Be There’. 

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 Birkwood’s Got Talent 2018

What an amazing evening it was – jam-packed with talent!  Congratulations and well done to all of the children ~ the standard was incredibly high and it was a very difficult job for our judges: Father David, Dave Martin and Elizabeth Martin.  Thank you to everyone from our #incrediblecommunity who attended and supported.  Special thanks to Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Sutton and all of the staff who supported behind the scenes to make it, yet again, such a great success.

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Greek Pottery

As our topic has been the Ancient Greeks this half term, we decided to design and create our own pots in the style of the Ancient Greeks. We made each pot by hand and added some Greek patterns to make them look authentic. We are very pleased with the results!
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Greek Olympics

 

 
 

The Year 5 Lions took part in our very own Greek Olympics. We practised many events, including discuss, javelin, standing jump and the rope pull. It was great fun, and we enjoyed beating the Team Activ coaches at the end! Thank you to Team Activ for helping us to bring history to life!

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