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

Halloween in The Caterpillars

The Caterpillars had a fantastic Halloween party to celebrate the end of our first half term in Year 1. They all looking amazing!

Happy!

 
 
This term, we have listened to a range of songs which aim to make you feel happy, learned the lyrics of the song ‘Happy’ by Pharrell, played glockenspiels in accompaniment to the song and started to learn about the basics of musical notation. Here are the Year 6 Leopards performing ‘Happy’ with glockenspiel accompaniment, lead vocals, second vocals and some solo performances – very impressive!
 

Happy Halloween – Tigers

 
The Tigers had a brilliant Halloween-themed day in school, thank you for all our treats Mrs Allen and to our community for the fantastic outfits!
 

Egg Drop Eggsperiment

 
 
In Science, we have been learning all about forces. During this lesson we investigated the force of gravity. We investigated if you could drop an egg without breaking it, considering the effects of height, speed, air resistance and wind direction. We had a cracking time!

Housewife Soup

 
During our Cook It Week, we learned how we can make use of vegetables which can be easily grown in gardens and allotments. Our ‘housewife soup’ was scrumptious – many children wanted seconds! We also made use of the peel and scraps by passing them on to Miss Greenwood for composting!
 
 

Bread and Butter Pudding & Anzac Cookies

 
 
For bread and butter pudding, we learned how to make good use of stale bread and dried fruit. The Anzac cookies were inspired by Anzac biscuits which have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps established in World War I.

Trench Cake

 
 
The children discovered that ingredients were scarce during World War 1, so they learned about a cake recipe which could be made with a few ingredients… one being vinegar! Even though this may sound a bit peculiar, the end product was delicious!

Stop. Think. Do.

 
Here are some of our Year 6 Leopards with an important e-safety announcement.

Shoebox Trenches

 
 
The children have been fascinated by their new topic and worked in pairs to design their models.  They used a wide-range of resources to create their trench. Finally, they evaluated their model’s design.
 
 

Happy Halloween!

 
Here’s one of our superstar Year 5 percussionists performing on Freaky Funky Halloweeeen Friday. Keep up the fabulous work, you’re making excellent progress.
 

Autumn 1 Week 8

Foxes’ Freaky Friday

The Foxes loved their Halloween celebrations today; we enjoyed spooky treats, activities, games and dancing. Thank you for our amazing school!

Sketches of Joey

 
 
The Year 5/6 Tigers have been mastering their sketching techniques. Take a look at some of the excellent examples of their drawings of ‘Joey’ from the film War Horse.
 

 

Healthy Minds

 
This term, we’ve learned how to look after our minds using yoga techniques.

Halloween with the Butterflies 

 
The Butterflies looked amazing for their special Halloween Day! The costumes were wonderful and we enjoyed a fun-filled day, thank you to our wonderful community!

Believe in your Selfie 

 
 
Our focus four in FS2 have had an incredible ‘Believe in your Selfie’ week! They loved reading the story ‘Room on the Broom’ and have made their very own broomstick and magic wands! They have loved dressing up as different spooky characters and have made up their own narratives. They created their very own life size monster for the role play area and developed their fine motor skills while doing so. We have made potions, written our own lists, played teachers, danced and much much more! Well done everyone.

 

WW1 Dance

 
 
The Robins have worked so hard to produce their WW1 dance with Mrs Porter. Here is our final performance. We hope that you like it.

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