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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Because We’re Happyyyyyy

Year 6 Lions have started a new song this term – Pharrell William’s ‘Happy’. We identified pulse, warmed up our bodies and voices and sang lead and backing vocals. A great way to end the week!

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Opera For All

We are delighted to be working closely with Opera North on a performance project. Our children are thoroughly enjoying learning new musical techniques and skills!

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Thank you, Mr. Mayor

Today, we welcomed the Cudworth Ward Alliance and we were proud to receive an award fromthe Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Steve Green. We showed how we had been learning about our local community in our topics and shared some of our war-themed poetry.  Thank you for our shield engraved ‘For our Fallen Local Heroes’. 

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School Council : Minutes 15th March 2019

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Newsletter 24: Friday, 15th March 2019

Spring 2 Week 3

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Dodgeball

Well done to both our Year 3/4 teams who competed in the Team Activ Dodgeball competition at Netherwood.

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Spelling Shed

The children have enjoyed taking each other on in a Hive Game. The children have to spell words quickly and correctly to try to top the leaderboard!

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Text Adventures

Year 6 are planning their own Text Adventures (based on stories they know) using 2Connect on PurpleMash. Their ideas on how to change some of the stories are brilliant!

 

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School on Saturday!

Birkwood Brass were given a very special invitation from Grimethorpe Youth Band! 17 of our musicians attended a morning session of workshops and activities. We are delighted that this special day was based in our school and that our talented pupils were given opportunity to take part. As always, our pupils shone for all the right reasons. Thank you so much to GYB and to Mrs Sutton!

 

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Science Newstt

 

It’s Week 1 of our new science topic. We are discovering the power of magnetism!

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Dear Stephanie….

We are writing to our local MP Stephanie Peacock about our concerns linked to Article 27 of the UNICEF charter. We are worried about temporary housing, inadequate clothing and insufficient food for families in our country, county and town.

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Multi Skills

Well done to our Year 1/2 Multi Skills teams who finished 1st and 6th in today’s competition at Outwood Carlton.
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William Morris

This afternoon, the Year 5/6 Panthers have been exploring a range of art styles from the Victorian Era. We discussed Impressionism, Romanticism, Gothic Art and Medieval Art, and thought about the key features of each style. We then looked at the work of William Morris and discussed which art movement his work belonged to. We agreed that there were elements of all the different styles in his work. We are now working on creating our own patterns in the style of William Morris.

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Gymnastics

Our Year 6 Lions showing us their creative ideas in Gymnastics.

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Our Right This Week

This week, we are thinking about the right to be helped if you have been hurt, neglected or badly treated. We will be discussing how children might be helped in these situations.

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Apparatus Work

Our Year 4 children enjoyed creating their gymnastic shapes on the apparatus and vault.

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School Council Visit to the Houses of Parliament

What a fantastic and memorable day! The children enjoyed their visit to the Houses of Parliamentand got to go into the House of Commons and the House of Lords.  They even took part in a debating workshop.  The highlight was going on the London Eye and our ice cream was delicious  (thank you Father David)!  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 Mrs Allen, Father David and Richard Burgin.

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Yo Ho Ho! A-Pirating we’ll go! 

The Sunflowers and Daffodils LOVED their pirate topic. They received a very special message in a bottle from ‘Captain Beastlie’ who asked them to become real pirates! They had to learn how to talk like a pirate, make their own pirate maps and walk the plank! They planned a birthday party for Captain Beastlie and collected data to find out what everybody wanted to eat. They prepared the food and gave Captain Beastlie the best birthday EVER! Take a look at what else they got up to. 

 

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Squirrels’ Trip to Tropical Butterfly House

The Squirrels had a very special day at Butterfly House. They learned lots of interesting facts about furry, feathered and scaly animals and actually got the chance to stroke and hold a guinea pig, an owl and a tortoise! They loved walking around the different interactive enclosures; their favourites were the meerkats. They noticed how humid it was inside the beautiful butterfly house and spotted a snake and a tropical spider! At the end of the dinosaur trail, they even got to meet a T-Rex who turned out to be very friendly indeed! 

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World Book Day 2019

World Book Day was celebrated by all classes. The children looked amazing in their outfits, and members of staff looked great in their costumes too. There were many book-related tasks throughout the day in all classes, including our annual ‘decoration of a door’ based on a book – they all looked amazing!

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Newsletter 23: Friday, 8th March 2019

Spring 2 Week 2

 

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World Book Day Reading Afternoon

The Sunflowers and Daffodils had an amazing time at their reading afternoon for World Book Day. We loved having the chance to share our wonderful reading with our special grown ups. 

Thank you for all your support #IncredibleCommunity.

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Funky Beats!

Here are two members of #teamramskill rocking out! They’re sounding fantastic! Keep up the great work boys – we’re proud of your progress.

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Brass, Brass, Brass

 

When your brass band continues to expand…. listen to that fabulous sound. We are 20 strong!

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Birkwood Brass Presents a Year 5 Soloist

What an AMAZING performance for his peers at Birkwood Brass. He even surprised himself at the end!

 

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Is it okay?

 

Mrs. Allen asked us to discuss her decision to let Elsa be a blood donor dog. This was a philosophy lesson where opinions changed as discussion and research took place.

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Time to Shine

Here we are featuring the percussion section at brass rehearsal. Our Year 1s are SPOT ON in time! Great work #teamramskill

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Terrific Trip

The Hedgehogs had a wonderful day at The Tropical Butterfly House! We had fun exploring the dino trail and meeting all the different dinosaurs. We even met Rexy, the friendly T-Rex who actually moved! We saw meerkats, crocodiles, porcupines, otters and many more amazing animals. We had the best day and learnt a lot! Well done to The Hedgehogs for behaving beautifully – Miss Betts was very proud of you all. 

 

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Fabulous Flowers!

Look at all the wonderful spring flowers brightening up our school grounds! All our hard work planting bulbs in October and November last year has definitely paid off. Which spring flowers can you spot?

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Dodgeball

Well done to both our Year 5/6 teams that competed in today’s dodgeball competition held at Barnsley College. Both teams qualified for the quarter finals, then played each other in the semi finals! Birkwood A won and went through to play Penistone St. Johns in the final. Birkwood A finished in 2nd place and Birkwood B in 3rd. What an amazing afternoon!

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