Newsletter Autumn Term
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 last year has 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.
We are excited to welcome all of our children back on Monday, 8th March ~ the priority remains 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
To reassure our families, we will be prioritising children’s social, emotional and mental well-being. It will be a big thing for the children who have been in school welcoming their classmates back and also those children who have been at home for a long time. We will spend time reintegrating them all together again and make sure that they have lots of fun together as a priority. We will be doing lots of creative Maths and English activities in the mornings. When everyone is happy and settled, we can resume more formal learning.
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
Enjoy some excellent writing and spelling from Year 2. An superb piece of work.
Year four have been studying Romans. Mrs. Sutton was delighted with these two superb artists and their contributions to the lesson. Enjoy their superb interpretations of a Legionnaire and a Centurion.
Our year six superstar has produced some stunning artwork at home. We are delighted with her extraordinary efforts and thought that we should share her work with everybody. Please enjoy.
We worked on powerful bounces, long throws and chest passes, as well as dodging today. There are lots of skilful sportspeople in Year 4!
Introducing our brand new Birkwood Brass trombone section from Year 5. Mr Dodd was AMAZED with their first lesson!
Two members of Year Six accompanied Mr Wood and Mrs Allen to the unveiling of Dorothy Hyman’s commemorative plaque at the Dorothy Hyman stadium. We all enjoyed the opportunity to meet such a local legend and certainly enjoyed the chance to view her medals and associated items such as Olympic kit and vest and a range of photographs on display that celebrated Dorothy’s career achievements. An inspiring morning in honour of an inspiring person. Well done to everybody who had the chance to support, thank you to the Ward Alliance and Local History Group as always for their fantastic input into our village.
We have been learning about the lives and duties of Roman Centurions and Legionaries. A non-fiction, shared reading text focused our brains, for a day of historical research and creative learning!
Our carefully designed, skilfully painted and thoroughly glazed Roman shields are proudly displayed in our classroom.
Here are a couple of our fabulous pianists and keyboard players, who are already impressing Mrs Marples with their commitment.
We have set up a three-day long investigation to see how sugar and acid reacts with our teeth. We have logged our predictions and will record the results later in the week.
Autumn 1 Week 2
The Y2 Caterpillars have started their new topic by researching their favourite superheroes and their logos. Here are just some of the amazing logos that we sketched and painted based on our very own superheroes!
Autumn 1 Week 1
A wonderful morning in and amongst nature! We loved seeing, touching, smelling and locating living things that were included in our non-fiction comprehension text today.
The Foxes had an exciting first day in year 4. What a positive start to the new school year!
We talked about choosing texts, selecting authors & what makes a book attractive to us. Next, we took time to select from text types, author collections and (most importantly) books that excite us!
Here’s our first Charanga lesson of the year. Sounding fabulous already and grooving with style.
Their VERY first, class brass lesson – they are so excited!
Here’s Mr Dodd playing for our class brass newbies. They are mesmerised!