Outstanding

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Outstanding Leadership and management.
Outstanding Behaviour and safety of pupils.
Outstanding Quality of teaching.
Outstanding Achievement of pupils.
Outstanding Early years provision.

Ofsted said, ‘Something special and something of excellence takes place at Birkwood’.

 

This Outstanding Ofsted Report is a real celebration for our community of children, staff, governors and parents of what happens each and every day. 

We are all so very proud!

Julie Allen (Mrs)
Headteacher

Click the link or the image below to read or print the full report

449140 Birkwood PS – Published Report (October 2014)

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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 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.   A community garden area is soon to be undertaken following successful Big Lottery Grant funding.

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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Year 3 & A Giant Peach

Year 3 provided a  wonderful display of acting, speaking and listening as well as movement as they shared the story of James & The Giant Peach. With a wonderful audience (thank you for your support) the whole school community enjoyed their version of Roald Dahl’s famous story. It was clear that their visit to the West Yorkshire Playhouse has really inspired a wonderful phase of learning. Well done to Mrs. Sutton and Mrs. Whitfield and of course, to all of the amazing performers.

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Year 2 Creativity

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Some incredible homework from the Year 2 Eagles! The topic of Dinosaurs and Jurassic Park has certainly brought some amazing work from our #IncredibleCommunity. The work has really caught many an imagination and we have seen recycling turned into an art form! Thank you to everybody who has supported us yet again – and of course, well done!

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Homework Team

These two Year 1 Dolphins have done some fabulous work based on ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch!’ They worked extremely hard at their child minders who kindly sent in this photo of their efforts! Well done, more amazing work as we receive yet more support from our #IncredibleCommunity.

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Delicious Topic Work!

Year 6 have made a spicy West African stew in ‘CookIt’ Club. We certainly enjoyed tasting it even though it was a little hot! Thank you to Mrs. Whitfield for her culinary skills – we can’t wait for the vegetables from our ‘GrowIt’ work which are planted and looking forward to some warmer weather.

 

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Delicious Ingredients Planted

There have been some very pungent aromas in the poly tunnel this afternoon as Year 1 Whales have been planting garlic! This is special planting garlic which has been bought from a garden centre and each clove will  grow into another new bulb. Perfect for making garlic bread or spaghetti bolognaise in our ‘Cook It’ sessions.

 

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Peas Perfect Peas

Now the weather has started warming up a little, KS1 Gardening Club have planted their very first packet of seeds.  They are now waiting patiently for the very first shoots and counting down the days till lots of sweet crunchy peas appear in about 12 weeks.

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Bruuuuuuuuuuuce!

Here is Barnsley Legend Bruce Dyer at Birkwood! Bruce’s After School Sessions (priced at only £3 each) had a flying start! The children enjoyed a Multi-Skills Session where the key words were, ‘Team-Work, Encouragement and Togetherness.’ The children all had a fabulous time and the sessions look sure to prove a huge success in the coming weeks.  

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Growing Time

The growing season has started with a vengeance now at Birkwood! Here are KS2 Hawks planting red onion ‘sets’ which are mini onions. This is quicker than growing onions from seed and means we should have lots of delicious onions ready to chop up in a summer salad or to add to coleslaw.  

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Oh I do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Here is another example of a beautiful Year 1 Lighthouse Collage. The work includes birds, cliffs, clouds and of course a beautiful lighthouse as its centrepiece! The artist is incredibly proud of his efforts; we can definitely see why!

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The Big Pedal

We were visited by ‘Bike-It Dave’ to launch The Big Pedal! As many children AND parents as possible, we hope, will cycle or scooter to School between the 2nd and 20th March! We are proud to reveal Michael Dugher will visit us on March 20th where he will be discussing cycling for young people! Many thanks to ‘Bike-It Dave’ and Happy and SAFE pedalling to all of our #IncredibleCommunity

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