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.

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 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 kitchen, so that children 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, 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!

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

Maths Mastery Alert!

Look at these clever Daisies making different shapes with sticks. They are so creative! They even described the properties of triangles, squares and rectangles. Miss Davis is so proud! 

Sounds all around 

 
Check out our wonderful listening ears! The Daisies have been very busy listening for familiar sounds in our outdoor environment. They had so much fun wearing our ‘careful listening ears’. 

 Firework sounds!

The Daisies have been working so hard in their phonics this week. They made their very own firework sounds! They loved experimenting with all of the different instruments. 

 

Coffee Morning 

Wow, all of the Daisies loved being involved in our McMillan coffee morning! We even had our very own VIP! 

The Birkwood Derby

Photos from Birkwood Blues V Birkwood Reds at the Year 5/6 Handball competition at Dorothy Hyman.

KS1 All Star Cricket

Well done to the children that took part in the KS1 All Star Cricket event at Barnsley College.

The Dragonfly

Year 6 have been visited by a Modroc dragonfly; Mr. S is convinced it is an unidentified flying object, but Mrs. B assures him it is a dragonfly. The children asked if they could write stories about the dragonfly, so we did! The only rule was that the stories had to include an icy world at some point during the story. The children planned their stories using story mountains, and then summarised their stories using storyboards. The children will also use a bit of their ICT time to create an animated version of their stories later today.

Dribbling

The Jaguars are focussing on basketball this half term. The children have been working on their dribbling skills, making sure they use a wide hand grip to push the ball. Mr. S was very impressed with children who were changing their dribbling hand when they changed direction!

 Remembrance

We were represented by several of our wonderful children at St. John’s Parish Church, Cudworth on Remembrance Sunday. We laid our cross of poppies, along with many members of our local community, on the War Memorial. Lest we forget.

Lest We Forget…

The Year 3/4 Owls have been working exceptionally hard to create the artwork for our Special Remembrance Assembly board. We have sewn poppies and created poppy wreaths using wax crayons. We signified ‘unity’ using our hands for the leaves of the wreath. 
We also read the story ‘Peace Lily’ by our friend Hilary Robinson and used this to think of questions in our philosophy lesson. Miss Spellman was really impressed with some of our deeper thinking questions. 

On a Mission to Africa

Our gifts for our sponsored friend in Uganda will be on their way over the next few weeks. We can’t wait to hear about how Tom and Barbara’s mission went when they return.

Maths Magicians

The Robins worked in dream teams to complete quick times table warm ups.

Team Violin

Here are just some of our budding violinists in action in their music lessons today. Keep up the hard work Team Violins!

Fabulous Fireworks!

The Year 3/4 Owls looked at lots of different firework patterns and then recreated some of these using pastels. We blended the colours with our fingers. Have you spotted any of these patterns in the sky over the last few weeks?

The Gunpowder Plot

The children have been sorting sentences about The Gunpowder Plot into paragraphs using who, what, where, when and why. We are getting ready for our Big Write on Friday – a non chronological report. 

We love to read!

Year 6 discussed their favourite books with each other, and they wrote a little bit about why certain books were their favourites. Some books brought back special memories with their families; others brought back memories of fantastic holidays; others brought back memories of when they were in different school years.

The Arctic vs. The Antarctic

The Jaguars have started their new topic ‘Icy World’. In a topic lesson, the children searched the classroom for facts about The Arctic and The Antarctic and compared the two places. We enjoyed recording the similarities and differences.

We are Inspired by Artists!

The Jaguars created pieces in the style of Nerys Levy (an activist for climate change and contemporary artist). The children used oil pastels to create bold lines and watercolours to produce muted shades.

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