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 revised 12 11 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

Waka Waka

The Year 5/6 Tigers have been working hard in their dance lessons with Mr. Wattam. They have done a great job at choreographing a Benin style dance using African inspirations to the song ‘Waka Waka’.

With Love…

Each of our uniquely designed Christmas cards were made with love and will be making their way to brighten the lives of the elderly in Barnsley via Age UK. Thank you to our wonderful children x

We are Very Persuasive!

We are sharing our passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for Clean Oceans, in the hope that we can persuade our audience to join us in this very important campaign.

Environmental Warriors

Our passion for environmental change has led us to the spectacular Water Lilies Trash by Banksy.

A Squash And A Squeeze 

The Butterflies have been exploring a range of materials in science this half term. This week they were tasked with finding out how certain materials can change shapes by bending, stretching, twisting and squashing.

Little Donkey

Check out this pitch perfect performance of one of our favourite (Birkwood) Christmas carols. Mr Dodd and Mrs S were delighted to be present for our Year 5 Robins’ super star performance!

Beautiful Balancing

Our Hedgehogs are working hard to perfect tricky balancing and travelling routines. What skilful working!

Hello Christmas 😊

This Year 6 bubble brought the first notes of Christmas spirit to Birkwood.
Thanks girls, you are AMAZING!

Save Our Oceans 

 The Hedgehogs returned to their classroom, after lunch, to discover someone had dumped all of their rubbish. The children discussed how this pollution would hinder their lives. After watching THE Blue Planet episode, they made notes in preparation for a (very) persuasive Big Write.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The Badgers have enjoyed designing Christmas cards for our MP Stephanie Peacock’s competition. We worked really hard to use the watercolours effectively.
We are keeping our fingers crossed for a winning entry…

Christmas Card Competition Entries

The Year 6 Leopards used ink and water colour paints to complete their Christmas Card designs for our local MP Stephanie Peacock’s annual card competition. They look fantastic!


Taking Care of Our Minds

In circle time, the Year 3 Foxes have been sharing what makes us happy and how we like to take care of our minds!

Children In Need

The Foxes joined in with the Big Bubble Singalong with McFly on Radio Sheffield for Children In Need.They loved creating their own music video to the Happiness song around school! They have even uploaded it to the ‘Make A Difference’ website and hope to appear on the BBC!

Virtual Assemblies

Three Years to the Day
Today, Mrs. Allen M.B.E. assembly was all about her trip to Buckingham Palace. Mrs. Allen recounted her trip to meet the Queen and shared the story of receiving her M.B.E. for services to education. We are all very proud of her.


The Badgers have been learning about onomatopoeia. We have used a Bonfire Night theme to help us come up with lots of onomatopoeic words and then we created some pop art cards.