Due to the current (and expected) weather, school will be closed on Friday 15thJanuary

Remote learning will follow usual timetables. As you will appreciate, it’s most important that we keep our children, staff and community safe ❤️

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 priority is to keep our children, staff and community safe.  Therefore, we have undertaken a thorough Risk Assessment in order to minimise risk which is regularly updated.

Birkwood Risk Assessment 12 01 21

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 is limited use at present.

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

Winter fuel grant deadline approaching

Last month the Council launched a COVID-19 winter grant scheme to provide support to households in the borough with children who access Free School Meals.
As well as providing vouchers for the Christmas and February half-term holidays, additional funding has been provided to help the same families eligible for Free School Meals with fuel and energy costs over the winter months. Families will be able to claim a one-off grant payment of £80 per household.
If you are eligible and have not yet received this payment, you can apply here: https://my.barnsley.gov.uk/form/apply-for-a-winter-grant-payment/page-1
All applications must be submitted before the scheme closes on Sunday 31 January.
For more information about other financial help available, please go to www.barnsley.gov.uk/money-advice-and-support or search ‘Money advice and support’ on the Council website.

Christmas Decorations

The Leopards enjoyed designing their toys, creating them, decorating them and lighting them up! They applied their knowledge of electrical circuits to become decoration designers.

Whoops-a-Daisy Angel

What a fantastic retelling of the first Christmas! Our Sunflowers and Daffodils were amazing performers. Mrs. Allen (our live audience for the show) LOVED it and we look forward to a time when we can perform in front of our special grown-ups in the future.

Thank you to Miss Ward, Miss Jenkins and all of the Foundation Stage Team, and well done once again to our wonderful children!

Christmas Party Day in the Daisies

The Daisies have had such a wonderful Party Day today. We had lots of food, played games and even did pass the parcel. Look at our lovely happy smiles!

We have been so good this year!

The Daisies have met Father Christmas today! We were so happy to meet him and he gave us a present because we are on the good list!

Tigers’ Christmas Celebration

 
The Year 5/6 Tigers created this Celebration for our #incrediblecommunity to enjoy. Let’s hope that our next show can safely be performed in front of a live audience! We hope that you all enjoy this festive spectacle.
Merry Christmas from Mr. Summerfield, Mr. Wattam and all of the Tigers.

Our Nativity!

The Sunflowers and Daffodils did amazing well with their Nativity! Look at our very special costumes. Don’t we look beautiful!
 

 

Foxes’ Christmas Celebration

 
The Year 3 Foxes created this Celebration for our #incrediblecommunity to enjoy. Let’s hope that our next show can safely be performed in front of a live audience! We hope that you all enjoy this festive spectacle.
Merry Christmas from Mrs. Wilkie, Mrs. Page, Mrs. Tiffany and all of the Foxes.

Robins’ Christmas Celebration

 
The Year 5 Robins created this Celebration for our #incrediblecommunity to enjoy. Let’s hope that our next show can safely be performed in front of a live audience! We hope that you all enjoy this festive spectacle.
Merry Christmas from Mr. Markham, Mrs. Summerfield, Mrs. Porter and all of the Robins.

Key Stage 1 – The Wriggly Nativity

 
What a show! A huge well done to all of our super performers in the Caterpillars, Ladybirds and Butterflies. We are really sorry that we could not perform this show live, but we hope that our #IncredibleCommunity enjoy this video.
Thank you to Miss Betts, Mrs Cooke and Miss Porter and all the staff in Key Stage 1 for this wonderful Nativity and video.

Sneak Peek at our Calendars!

Time, love and so much patience – here are just a few of our beautiful sewing sampler calendars, ready for 2021!
 

Christmas Cakes 2020

 
The Leopards enjoyed baking and decorating their very own Christmas cakes. Thank you to Mrs Allen and Mrs Birch for giving the children this extra-special, festive treat.

Birkwood Brass in Concert

 
Here’s our brass band safely performing carols in the marquee at Christmas. Merry Christmas, peace and goodwill to all our families and supporters!
 

We had a tiger tea party!

One of our ‘Fantastic Four’ shared her favourite story with the Morning Daisies this week, ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. She had the best idea ever; to have a tiger tea party! Our very kind little Daisy wrote an invitation to all of her friends, so we could all celebrate together. Don’t worry the tiger didn’t gobble all of our food, but we did save him some. This is because sharing is caring!
 

 

‘Bear Hunt’ Nativity with thanks to Michael Rosen

WOW! What a huge achievement! The Daisies have made everyone so proud including our very own Mrs Allen. They were absolute superstars in their Nativity. They all sang along, knew when to join in with some actions and some children even said some lines! We are so glad we managed to film our Nativity so we can recreate the magic! Well done Daisies we are so proud of you all.

 

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