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 a huge honour for me to write as Headteacher of our lovely school. We are striving to deliver an exciting knowledge-based curriculum and of course, are extremely mindful of the impact of COVID 19. 

We have undertaken a thorough Risk Assessment in order to minimise risk, which is regularly updated.

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. We seek to develop the whole child, harnessing and celebrating each of their unique talents, strengths and personalities.

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 to ensure high quality support for our youngest children. We have outstanding provision in our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit with 2 mini-ICT suite areas and excellent outdoor facilities.

At Birkwood, we recognise and value the vital contributions that our parents, families and wider community make in the education of our children.  Birkwood is truly a family and we are very proud of our #IncredibleCommunity.

Our school’s life is underpinned by our inclusive motto:

‘Inspire, Cherish, Achieve Together.’

With best wishes,

Mr. Daniel Wood

A Letter from Joshua

The Butterflies had almost forgotten that they had written to Joshua, the main character in Candle Dark by Carole Anne Carr. But when Mrs Rennison came to visit with an unusual envelope for us, we guessed it must be Joshua writing back to us from the 1800s. He even enclosed the carrot he used to move Drummer through the mine and our National Coal Mining Museum trip letters. How exciting!

Roman Soldiers!

The Meerkats have become Roman Soldiers! The children tried out different army formations and followed commands in Latin! They were amazing!

Fabulous French

The Meerkats really enjoyed learning a traditional French song in their lesson this week. Here they are performing the song with their actions.

Candle Dark

We are loving our class text so much that we are looking forward to reading more books by Carole Anne Carr. We have found out some facts about our class author and have even written her a letter!

History Detectives

The Year 3 Butterflies loved being history detectives by using a picture source to find out about Victorian mining.


We investigated how our digestive system works using a sealable bag (stomach), a pair of tights (small intestine), biscuits, bananas, orange juice and water.

Women at War

This Sea Lion has been continuing her learning whenever possible at home. Here is a fabulous piece of propaganda inspired by WW2 posters.

We love corn! 

After discovering corn growing in our local field, we decided to find out about the different types of corn that you can eat. We then tasted them and decided which one was our favourite! We thought they were sweet and crunchy!

Settling In

What a fantastic start to the year the children in FS2 have had! They have settled in so well and have got used to the new routines. They have made lots of new friends and have been working hard at sharing and taking turns. They have explored all of their new learning areas, so take a look at all of their wonderful adventures!

Super Baking in Nursery!

The Daisies have been baking smiley face buns.  We had so much fun mixing the ingredients and decorating the buns! They were delicious!

New Skills

We learned shading skills using soft pencils. We selected sections of the Colusseum to practise our dark and light shading techniques.


We’re just at the start of our Coldplay journey BUT we just had to share this lovely little clip.

R for Retrieve and V for Vocabulary

The Sea Lions have begun a study on Women at War. They read an information sheet about the Women’s Land Army, and then answered a range of retrieval questions using the information they had read. Next, they read a poem addressed ‘To All Land Girls’ and used dictionaries to find the meaning of some tricky words such as ‘elegant’, ‘stalwart’, ‘slew’ and ‘feeble’. The Year 6 children are impressing Mr. Sandwith with how well they are working #Together.


We talked about all the different vocabulary to describe what we were doing. Division, shared by and groups of were all great suggestions. We then completed calculations and the blocks helped us to understand where the remainder comes from. It helped to rectify our mistakes too.

Incredible Generosity 

Our #IncredibleCommunity have shown compassion, kindness and generosity! Our Year 3/4 Harvest Presentation contributions will be used to help those in need within Cudworth!

Thank you xx

Welcome Everybody

#TeamHarvest can’t wait to welcome the families of our children in year 3 and 4 into school tomorrow!

You are all in for a treat!!