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.

It is quite possible, that the past few months have been the most stressful many of us have ever experienced in our lives.  I am immensely proud of the way we have come together as a community during this time.  The relationships with our children and their families has really shone through and the number of positive comments has been quite overwhelming. 

The children have been amazing since returning to school.  The priority for us has been assessing their social and emotional and academic, needs through running open creative activities, by talking, playing and enjoying the broad curriculum such as PE, Music, Art/ DT and topic. Including personalised emotional/social support for children who need it. (Please see link to Operational Return to School Action Plan).

Operational Return to School Action Plan 

A priority is also to keep our children, staff and community safe.  Therefore, we have undertaken a thorough Risk Assessment in order to minimise risk. (Please see link to Risk Assessment)

Birkwood Risk Assessment 09 20 revised 17 09 20

Our school will continue to be 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 children's kitchen, so that they 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, we have 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, although there will be limited use in the Autumn Term.

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

 

 

Learning Packs during School Closure for Covid-19

We have delivered Learning Packs to all of our children throughout week commencing 20th April 2020.  This is to cover the next half term (Summer 1). 

This information is also included in the Information / Curriculum Overview tab.

School remains open, please contact us if we can support in any way.

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A childrens guide to coronavirus

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Coronavirus : Latest update (11/05/2020)

Dear Parents/Carers,

I’m sure you will have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement last night indicating that the government believes it may be in a position to implement a phased re-opening of schools from the 1st June.  He said that this is likely to start with children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.  This is part of the government’s conditional plan.

I am sure this has caused anxiety and worry and you have lots of questions. At the moment, school remains closed for all children, other than those of key workers and those who are categorised as vulnerable.

We are awaiting further guidance from the Department for Education before we make any decisions.  We will need clear guidance to plan how it is possible to socially distance in school and keep our children, staff and families safe.

You know we will do what is best to keep our children, staff and community safe. 

Thank you and we will get through this together.

Julie Allen MBE

Headteacher

 

Coronavirus : Latest update (20/03/2020)

Clarification re: Key Workers

Revised guidance was received at 3pm today regarding Key Workers. As it currently stands:

Children with at least one parent or carer who are identified as critical/key workers by the government can send their children to school, if required.

Please contact school: 01226 710447 / j.allen@birkwood.org.uk if you require childcare.

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Corona Virus Update 03 04 20 

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you are all keeping safe and well and observing the guidance:

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

We are missing you and our children very much. Just to update you on a few things:

Free School Meals vouchers of £15 per child have been sent home to parents/carers where we have an up-to-date email address, this was checked by school staff last week. Those without email, E-vouchers were posted First Class on Wednesday 1stApril.

We are also going to be sending additional vouchers to cover families during the Easter holidays ~ so, you should receive a £15 voucher weekly per child.

If you have not received a voucher and you feel that you are entitled, please contact school on 01226 710447 or: 

https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/children-families-and-education/schools-and-learning/free-schoolmeals / Alternatively contact the Local Authority on: 01226 787787 Option 3.

No lunches will be prepared in school from Monday as all families are now in receipt of FSM vouchers.  If your child is attending care in school, please provide them with a packed lunch. We will provide snacks and a free breakfast for those attending from 8 – 8.30am.

School intends staying open during the Easter holidays, including Bank Holidays, for vulnerable children and those of key workers who have been identified, thanks to our school staff.

On the last day, Friday 20th March, we had Channel 4 Dispatches in school filming.  If your child/ren were in school, then you should have received a text asking for permission for them to be in the film.  It is due to be broadcast on Wednesday, 8th April at 9pm.

These are very difficult times when we must look after each other, that’s a real strength of the Birkwood Family and one that I am very proud of and I know our staff and governors are too.

Please stay safe and well … ‘until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hands’ … the children know this from when we sing our Gaelic Blessing.

With love and best wishes to you all,

Julie Allen MBE

Headteacher

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Daily Live Activities

 

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Previous updates

Corona Virus Financial Hardship 30 03 20

Update 20 03 20 7.30am

Cornonavirus Contingency Plan 20 03 20

Curriculum support for parents in the event of school closures

 

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

World War 1 Trench Models

Having learnt about what trenches looked like in our history lessons, the Leopards have carefully planned and drawn their designs for their WW1 trench models.

Basic Skills and Detailed Results

Our art lesson was closely linked with our Roman topic. We focused on watercolour skills and realistic representations of people. Well done everyone, the results are smashing!

Perfect Teacher

The Badgers have been thinking about what their ‘Perfect Teacher’ would be like. We talked about personality traits and special talents they may have, and then drew pictures to support our ideas. Keep your eyes peeled for a special update on this post later in the week!

The Romans are Coming!

We enjoyed sharing our knowledge about the Romans with each other. There are some fabulous questions that we will really enjoy researching too.

Positive Thinkers 

This has certainly been an unprecedented year. The Hedgehogs are keen to discuss the ‘ups and downs’ of 2020. They are spending quality time highlighting some of their positive experiences over recent months. Our display shows representations of kindness, devotion, love and community spirit.

Welcome Back Violinists

It was lovely to see Miss Roper back at Birkwood this morning. This Year 5 pupil played beautifully.

Percussion City

Today was ‘Percussion City’ day in Birkwood. Our 11 drummers were delighted to welcome Mr. Ramskill back. The ‘noisy neighbours’ have returned – great news!

Autumn 1 Week 2

Welcome Back Birkwood Brass 

Today was a very exciting, musical day! Mr. Dodd returned to Birkwood- at last! It was lessons (and smiles) all round for our experienced performers as well as some really enthusiastic newbies.

 

The Return of Mrs. Marples

Our keyboard players and pianists welcomed Mrs. Marples back to Birkwood’s music room. Here are our latest keyboard players enjoying their very first lesson.

Saxophone News 

Mrs. Laycock, our woodwind teacher came into school today – it’s great to have the sound of flutes, clarinets and saxophones in school! Here’s a gorgeous snap of our newest saxophonist – he thoroughly enjoyed his first lesson!

Creative Badgers…

The Badgers have had a lovely first week and a half back in school. We are so proud of how well they have settled in and how hard they are working. Here are some of the lovely pieces of artwork we created last week. We had fun making paper plate badgers using our folding and cutting skills and have loved adding googly eyes to our creations!

 

Music Matters

The Hedgehogs enjoyed their first Charanga lesson and explored the tonic triad of C major. Check out their call and response rhythms.

Day One 

We were delighted to hear music in school again today. It’s fantastic to welcome our instrumental music teachers back at Birkwood. Mr Fuller, our strings teacher, was first through the door and our guitarists were really pleased to see him.

Talking Creatively 

We spent an afternoon sharing our feelings, emotions and experiences about the Pandemic with classmates and adults while learning new textile skills.

 

Kindness Matters 

We used new art techniques to represent people who showed kindness during the Pandemic. Many of these people are our family members & live in our community.

Peace Lily 

The Tigers thoroughly enjoyed reading and discussing the text and illustrations within ‘Peace Lily’ by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey. Afterwards, we studied the flower and used sketching skills to draw a lily. We then looked at the differences between lilies and peace lilies and progressed our sketching skills to create a still life oil pastel sketch with a background. The level of discussions and artwork from the children was fantastic. An amazing start to a new school year!

Peace Lily

The Leopards thoroughly enjoyed reading and discussing the text and illustrations within ‘Peace Lily’ by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey. Afterwards, they studied the flower with the same name and created a still life oil pastel sketch of their own Peace Lily. Mr. S and Mrs. B were very impressed with the ideas shared in the discussions and with this first piece of artwork!

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