All Aboard

 

The Year 5 children have thoroughly enjoyed going on the Birkwood Reading Bus. They have loved selecting texts then getting the opportunity to read them outside in the sunshine

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Year 5’s Class Assembly

We were all spellbound by Year 5’s Class Assembly. They amazed their audience with clear speaking, wonderful singing, brilliant brass and scientific demonstrations.

Thank you to Mr. Dodd for all his support and expertise with brass and to our #incrediblecommunity for their support.

 

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An Afternoon of Gaming with Nigel

Year 5 and 6’s brains were pushed to the limit as they had to complete a range of challenges and solve a number of problems. They did this through playing a wide range of fun games. Every child succeeded and it was great to see them enjoying themselves with more ‘traditional’ games.

Thank you to Nigel Scarfe for visiting us!

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 Earth Matters! 

In Year 5, we have been using our knowledge of mountains and volcanoes to create our very own mountain range. It was a messy job, but we had so much fun doing it. Next week, we will paint them and add decorations. It goes without saying, we are very excited to make them erupt.

 
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Musical Treat

 

Year 5 were invited to join a workshop at Horizon Community College. The Adolf Fredrik School from Sweden shared their five star vocal skills as well as information about their education, aspirations and city.

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Year 5 Class Assembly

 

Year 5 shared with their families all about their topic – World War Two – the children were amazing and enjoyed showing off their Big Writes, singing songs and showing off photos from their trip to Eden Camp. They also treated their audience to a brilliant brass recital, even playing in 3 parts, thank you to Mr Dodd for his support. 

Thank you to our incredible community for their continued support.

 

 

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Year 5 Trip to Eden Camp

 

 

 

 

Our Year 5 children visited Eden Camp, in Malton, as part of their World War II topic. They had a fantastic day as evacuees in their WWII themed outfits, investigating history, taking shelter in Anderson and Morrison Shelters, seeing what it was like inside a U-Boat and exploring what it was like during the Blitz.

Thank you to our parents for going to so much trouble with their outfits, to Eden Camp for a fantastic day, to all the staff and to Mr. Sabin (governor) for accompanying the children on their trip.

 

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The I Know I Can Bus

 

Year 5 hopped on board the I Know I Can bus. They loved the challenge of becoming inventors and they produced some excellent ideas – would you be interested in buying a hoover that doubles up as an Xbox controller?

Thank you I Know I Can for this excellent opportunity.

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Guest Author – Andy Seed

Children in Key Stage 2 had a fantastic time learning from award-winning author Andy Seed. They explored different styles of poetry and took part in a range of games inspired by Andy’s own books.

Thank you to Andy for his kind donations for the Reading Bus and for visiting us and sharing his expertise!

 

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The flowers in the playground have been loving the fantastic sunny weather we’ve had this week.

 To keep our school grounds in tip top condition, children from Yr 5  and Yr 3/4  Ladybirds have been working hard at  lunchtimes to remove the weeds and dead flower heads. Great work everybody!

 

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Year 4 Elsecar Brass Performance 2016

Year 4 had a wonderful morning at The Barnsley Music Hub Summer Concerts. Performing at Elsecar Heritage Centre alongside other schools, Mr. Markham was delighted with the children’s efforts. A huge Thank You to Mr. Dodd and Barnsley Music Hub for their work at Birkwood throughout another busy yet highly successful year. Have a listen – we love Music at Birkwood.

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What a Start!

The new Birkwood Bakery had their first bake sale and yes, you guessed it! A total sell out and a fabulous £21 profit made. Pretty good for their first time! Thank you  #IncredibleCommunity for your ongoing terrific support.

 

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Bakery – New Personnel

Welcome to the new faces at Birkwood Bakery! They seemed to really enjoy their first shift. What a challenge they have to become anywhere near as successful as our first team (award winners remember.) A great start, well done everybody. 

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Passport Please

Year 4 are having a great time creating Anglo-Saxon passports. They have produced some superb identification documents!

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Dance Stars of the Week 

This week’s Dancing Stars are the whole of Year 4! They impressed Mrs. Porter so much they performed a Roman Army Movement Piece in Assembly. Have a look at their moves in our Video ‘ Special Performance May 2016.’ A great effort, well done everybody. 

Term 3 Week 7  Dance

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Magic Mosaic

This Year 4 Superstar has really enjoyed the Roman Theme currently being studied with Mr. Markham. He has produced a wonderful Mosaic heading to his information poster. Some absolutely beautiful homework, well done young man. 

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Fan the Flames 2016

Year 4 spent an uplifting morning at St. John’s Church. The Fan the Flames Festival is taking place throughout this week. Thank you to our very own School Governor Father David who was joined by his friends Father Philip and Father Mark from Lewisham in London.

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Brass News

After the success of ‘Titanic’ and ‘Super Trouper,’ Mr Dodd has set Year 4 a new challenge in the form of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World.’ This was recorded 15 minutes into the lesson. We may be being little biased but this is pretty amazing, we’re sure you will agree. 

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Wonderful Homework

This Year 4 Superstar has produced some wonderful armoury with Dad at home. She really looks the part as a ferocious Roman Soldier and is clearly  ready for her Emperor’s orders.  

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Bike It Dave

Many thanks to our friend ‘Bike It Dave.’ Dave has been into Birkwood to launch the ‘Big Pedal 2016.’ This involved some Cycling Skills with Years 4 and 5. Following an incredibly successful ‘Bike It Breakfast,’ you can see we all had a wonderful day. Safety is a HUGE word at Birkwood so many thanks again Dave for working to take care of our Superstars whilst they’re in the saddle.

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Dancing Star

This week’s Dancer of the Week comes from Year 4 and has impressed Mrs. Porter in his Roman Battle Dance. Well done, a superb achievement.

Term 3 Week 2 Dance

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Sporting Star

Well done to our latest Sporting Star of the Week from Year 4 he has caught Mr. Campbell’s eye with some super work in the class PE sessions. He has made a brilliant start to life at Birkwood. Well done, we’re all very proud of you.

Term 3 Week 1 Sport

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Year 4 Class Assembly

Year 4 gave a wonderful Class Assembly to a large and very supportive audience. Centered around Egypt, Scarborough, Brass as well as Art and Times Table Tennis, the audience received a real treat  in sharing their learning. Well done to Mr. Markham and Mrs. Porter for their preparations. Thank you to Mr. Dodd for his superb contributions during the musical highlights and of course the biggest accolades go to the Year 4 Stars. A brilliant afternoon, well done everybody.

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Headteacher’s Superstar Award

Well done to our latest Headteacher’s Superstar! She has impressed Mr. Markham greatly; her literacy work across all areas has been fabulous and she is a kind and thoughtful friend to everyone in school. A richly deserved award, well done! 

4 March 2016

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Sneak Preview

Super Trooper……. The Titanic……. Enjoy this sneak preview of Year 4’s Class Assembly. It’s wonderful! Everyone is certainly in for a treat on Tuesday, 15th March at 2.45pm!

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Meet the Markhams…

We got to meet Mr. Markham’s happy new arrival Harrison this week! Mrs. Markham even made sure he was wearing part of the gifts we presented to the family! A brilliant end to the week. Congratulations to our latest Happy Family.  

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Congratulations Mr. Markham

What a Special Assembly for Mr. Markham! He has received the MOST precious gift, brand new son Harrison as well as some gifts for his 30th Birthday! We are delighted to share this special news and wish Mr. Markham and his family a wonderful future. And of course, Happy Returns Too! 

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Year 4 Titanic Star

This Year 4 Superstar has been playing since September. With Mr. Dodd’s amazing help, she has treated us to a piece of Movie Magic Music. An amazing performance. We are delighted that she has also joined her big brother in our Grimethorpe Band inspired Birkwood Brass Group, so kindly supported by PlusNet. A wonderful demonstration of some amazing progress. Mr. Dodd has declared her ‘A Natural!’

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Attendance Stars

We had a Super Assembly in School to celebrate our 100% Attendees, host the Selection Box Raffle, listen to Mr. Sandwith’s E-Safety Lessons and to hear the amazing Year 4 Brass Band. Well done to our amazing attendees – all 95 of them! Thank you to Mrs. White for arranging our Selection Box Raffle and to Mr. Sandwith for the very serious messages – these were well timed after listening to many children’s Christmas Present Wish list! Finally, to Year 4 – amazing Brass Musicianship just ONE term into their course of lessons with Mr. Dodd and Mrs. Winwood.

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A WONDERFUL TREAT

The Zebras really enjoyed their afternoon treat yesterday. Because they sold the most raffle tickets for the Christmas Fair, they were treated to hot dogs, (served up by our Chair of Governors Mr Taylor,) chocolate popcorn and a dvd. Well done Class 4, and many thanks to Mrs Allen and Mrs White for an enjoyable afternoon.

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