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 in Foundation Stage in order to ensure high quality support for our youngest children. 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.
Over the Summer 2015, we had some major improvements to our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit with lots of new equipment and 2 mini-ICT suite areas; Summer 2016, we have also improved the outdoor provision.
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
Year 6 visited Outwood Shafton to take part in a science-based activity day. The children watched ice cream being made using liquid nitrogen; they went in a planetarium; made comets using water, sand, treacle and dry ice; used telescopes and conducted an experiment to investigate making craters. Thank you to all of the staff who made it such an exciting opportunity for our children.
A productive afternoon finding out more about rhinos and elephants. We selected our own working partners today and the quality of our research was fantastic. We shared our findings about predators, prey, eating habits & habitats as part of this afternoon’s science activities.
We even have a professor of rhino research!
Last week, the children took part in a Cook It session and made some mouth-watering Trench Stew. They independently read and followed the instructions; peeled all of the vegetables; used bridge and claw techniques to safely chop the vegetables; safely stirred the boiling mixture and buttered some bread to accompany their meal. All of Year 6 enjoyed tasting this delicious stew. Thank you to Mrs. Birch for all her help!
Last week, the children took part in a Cook It session and baked some delicious Trench Cake. They independently read and followed a recipe … measured the ingredients using scales and measuring jugs … experimented with vinegar and baking soda instead of eggs to make the cake rise and used fantastic teamwork skills.
Thank you to Mrs. Birch for all her help!
One of our class questioned his friend about these beautiful handmade coasters.
His Dad was in the army and on exercise in Kenya-he traded his old waterproofs for these handpainted, slate keepsakes.
Many thanks to the family for loaning their treasure to us as part of our Africa topic.
Look who popped in at lunchtime today.
This is a lovely opportunity to socialise and play alongside children from other classes a smashing was to learn new skills.
Year 1/2 Kingfishers discovered a little visitor munching on our flowers in the playground so they decided to give him a new home in the Wildlife and Sensory Garden. It was very exciting to see the snail come out of its shell and investigate its new surroundings #incrediblenature
Year 2 Woodpeckers had great fun in the Community Garden this week harvesting beetroot and potatoes and also comparing the size of the different vegetables.
The Year ¾ Bees enjoyed team activities in their grammar lesson. Each group was asked to select verbs and adverbs. Next, they had to build exciting sentences around them. The children elected a ‘teacher’ from each group to present their work to the rest of the class. Recycling, trading and reusing ideas was encouraged!
Year 6 NS used watercolour paints to create a gradient effect and produced these fantastic poppy scenes!
His outrageous imagination and crazy characters are inspiring our speaking, reading and writing.
Today George gave his Marvellous Medicine to a hen and his grandma’s head came through the roof!
Children in Year 3/4 Bees have produced some fantastic observational watercolour paintings. They are thoroughly enjoying their Africa topic so far!
What an uplifting beginning to the next chapter in the exciting life of Birkwood’s choir.
Lots of new starters came along to sample life in a choir-a record number of boys too. Mrs Sutton and Mrs Taylor were delighted to welcome back so many familiar faces.
We are delighted with our Africa display- it showcases stories from South Africa (Our first Big Write of the school year) and detailed watercolour observational paintings.
There are some very exciting performance engagements already in our diary.
The story of young boy, living in a South African township was the inspiration for our Big Write this morning.
The Woodpeckers are really enjoying using their Bug Club accounts to read online.
On Wednesday morning, Mrs. Jopling delivered an excellent assembly, celebrating 100 years of Roald Dahl. The children met ‘Monkey’ and found out about his favourite story, The Twits. They also learned lots about Roald Dahl: information about his stories and how to make ‘Marvellous Medicine’.
Whilst they were tidying the Community Garden this afternoon, Yr 6 RH discovered there were lots of juicy red raspberries just ready to be picked. Luckily, there were enough for the whole class to have a taste and everyone agreed they were delicious!
We shared our brand new class novel- George’s Marvellous Medicine and researched and presented facts about Dahl’s life.
There is a wide variety of texts, a number of thought-provoking questions and plenty of comfy cushions! Thank you to Mrs Birch for creating such an inviting reading environment.
Our reading area is packed with ‘recommended reads’
Fiction, non fiction, magazines, annuals, comics, poetry and playscripts are all ready to be enjoyed, discussed & reviewed.
There’s a special focus on Roald Dahl this month too.