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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Green Screen Master Class

One member of Film It Club taught the other Year 6 children how to create an image using Do Ink’s app and photos taken with the green screen. We were all really impressed – well done!

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The Kingfishers #FilmIt

The Kingfishers used their ‘Film it’ week to create videos retelling The Christmas Story. They took photos and videos of Nativity Rehearsals and then used iMovie to turn these images into a film. They also added their own text to create a narrative to the film. Here are some of the final movies.

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Christmas Fayre 2017

A wonderful afternoon at Birkwood! Many thanks to Mrs. White and all of the team of children, staff and helpers who managed to raise an amazing amount of money ~ £875.21! Our #IncredibleCommunity have yet again surpassed our wildest expectations as the Hall was packed from 2pm onwards. A highlight was of course a visit from Father Christmas himself! Well done everybody – a wonderful start to Christmas at Birkwood.

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Year 6 Enjoy Reading on the Bus

Our Year 6 children enjoyed an afternoon of reading their books on the bus.

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The Daisies’ Wonderful Christmas Workshop

What a fantastic day. The AM and PM nursery children enjoyed working with their families to create lots of ‘Christmas-y’ items. Thank you to our #IncredibleCommunity for their fantastic support.

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Clay Evacuees

The Year 5 Lions welcomed different teachers this week – Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Birch! They enjoyed thinking about the evacuees and their feelings, looking at the clothes they wore and using a range of different techniques to create lifelike sculptures.

Thank you Mrs. Allen for coming to help us create our evacuees using clay and also to Outwood Shafton who are kindly going to fire them in their kiln.

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Newsletter 13: Friday, 8th December 2017

Autumn 2 Week 5

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Me and My Shadow

Today’s science investigation focused on shadows. We used opaque, translucent and transparent objects in natural light (yes, the sun did put in an appearance on this winter’s day) and artificial light.

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KS1 Football Multi Skills

Our Key Stage 1 children attended a Multi Skills competition held at Barnsley College. The children finished in 2nd place – well done!

 

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Performance Update-We’re On Tour!

 

Our formation team and choir visited Hope House Church in town today, for important technical rehearsals. We have been invited to participate in their Polar Express themed Carol Service at 6pm on Sunday 17th December. Our incredible community are warmly invited to come and share in a fantastic Christmas celebration.

We had a few spare minutes before our coach arrived, so the choir decided to try out one of their songs for St. John’s Carol concert next week! We hope that you like it.

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 It’sssss Chriiissstttmmmaaassssss….

The Sunflowers and Daffodils are so happy that it is finally December. Look at all our new Christmas provisonal areas. We are having so much fun! 

 

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School Council visit to the Houses of Parliament

We took part in an interesting workshop, visited the Queens’ entrance to Westminster, the House of Lords, went on the London Eye, Mr Sabin bought us all a special pencil and Father David a 99 ice cream!  We stopped off at McDonald’s for our tea, which was another highlight! We had a wonderful day and the children were perfectly behaved, well done to everyone and thank you to Father David and Paul Sabin who came with us and were a tremendous help.

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A Term with the Year 4/5 Panthers

The Panthers have enjoyed a fabulous term so far. Here is a video of some of their learning so far.

 

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Bake Off

The Woodpeckers enjoyed using their weighing measuring, estimating and sharing skills during their cook-it week. There’s enchanted ‘Narnia Cakes’ on the menu, complete with Turkish Delight.

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We love reading on the bus!

The Panthers have been making the most of the Reading Bus. The children are thoroughly enjoying reading a wide range of text types.

 

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Nursery – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The Daisies have had lots of fun decorating our Christmas tree! Check out all our hard work. 

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Superstar!

Mrs. Allen’s Superstar of the Week has worked incredibly hard since September. He has grown in confidence and he has impressed his teachers with the progress he has made. Well done!

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Welcoming the Festive Season

 

Birkwood Brass are rehearsing for their Christmas concerts. Here they are showcasing their skills….. VERY impressive team Dodd!

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Make Over

Our reading corner has had a mini make over. These children enjoyed snuggling up with a book and new furry cushions at lunchtime.

 

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Fantastic Counting

In maths, we have been trying to achieve our learning objective of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Some of the children have even started to learn the sequences backwards. We decided to do some maths outside, grouping ourselves in to 2s and 10s to make 20. Back in the classroom we enjoyed making an array of 4 lines of 5.

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Knights and Castles

The Dragonflies have absolutely loved their topic – Castles and Knights. In literacy, we have been learning about and writing our own versions of traditional stories. In the provisional areas it has been amazing to see the art, role play and small world work too.

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Newsletter 12: Friday, 1st December 2017

Autumn 2 Week 4

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#RefsInSchools

Children in Key Stage 2 were given the chance to meet Darren England and they completed a challenge for him. They had to invent a piece of equipment that would make an assistant referee’s job much easier. 

Ideas in Year 6 included: scented, coloured sprays to replace cards; waterproofing spray to keep clothes dry; a drinks ‘bottle’ to prevent dehydration; and a timepiece which also measured distance to help the referee measure ten yards on a free kick.

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Fantastic Freeze Framing

This week the Grasshoppers have been using the story ‘Owl Babies’ in their learning. We did some amazing freeze framing yesterday. These photos show how the three Owl Babies (Sarah, Percy and Bill) were feeling when they realised their mother had gone!

 

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Cudworth’s Carols and Count Down to Christmas

This evening marked the beginning of the festive season. Our older choir members (and their siblings) joined children from other Cudworth Schools to sing carols in the Methodist Church Hall. As always, it really was a lovely community event- mince pies, hot drinks and selection box treats for all of the choir children. The community enjoyed a count down to ‘switch on’! One of our lovely Year 5 girls was in charge of pressing THE switch to light up the beautiful Cudworth Christmas tree.

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Christmas Has Come Early! 

What a lovely surprise when Mrs Allen came to our classroom with some beautiful books! We are delighted, and we are really looking forward to sharing them soon. 

Thank you for your kindness Mrs Allen.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- Update.

The Woodpeckers are loving C.S.Lewis’ classic story. We have been wondering what Turkish Delight tastes like since we read about Edmund’s favourite food. Everybody tried it and most of our class thought it was delicious-they even asked politely for another piece. This made us wonder if Marks and Spencer sell ‘enchanted’ Turkish Delight!

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Green Screen

The Year 6 children loved trying out the new green screen at Film It Club. They took photos of each other, saved images of backgrounds they wished to use and then put it all together using a green screen app made by Do Ink. We are very excited to produce some videos using our new piece of kit!

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Year 2 Robins – We are designers

The Year 2 Robins had an amazing day designing and making a new celebration cake. They chose different materials and colours to make these wonderful creations.

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Superstar! 

Mrs. Allen’s Superstar of the Week has been working really hard. She sets a fantastic example to others and she has been really determined this week and this year. Well done!

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