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

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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. 

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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
Headteacher

Mrs. Allen’s Retirement Assembly

Mr. Froggatt did a wonderful job virtually leading the celebrations of Mrs. Allen’s outstanding career. The Assembly talked through her outstanding career from start to finish and featured a number of special brass performances, a message from a celebrity and a Gaelic Blessing from our oldest children. We will miss you Mrs Allen xx
 

Goodbye, Mrs Julie Allen MBE

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Our inspirational Headteacher has retired after 12 outstanding years at Birkwood. She leaves behind a legacy that our #incrediblecommunity will continue to foster.
 
Good luck with all your future adventures, Mrs Allen MBE.

 

Key Stage 1 Just Can’t Wait to be King!

 
Here is the Key Stage 1 children’s performance to celebrate Mrs. Allen’s retirement. The children were amazing as always! Thank you to Mrs. Porter for choreographing this wonederful routine.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

 
Here are some of our youngest children, performing ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ to celebrate Mrs. Allen’s retirement. The children were absolutely brilliant and looked amazing in their outfits!

Circle Of Life

 
Here is the Year 4 Bubble’s performance to celebrate Mrs. Allen’s retirement. It was such a shame that the Year 3 children could not join in, but they were FANTASTIC in rehearsals. The children were amazing as always!

Be Prepared!!

 
 
Here is the Year 5 Robins’ performance to celebrate Mrs. Allen’s retirement. The children were amazing as always! Thank you to Mrs. Porter for choreographing this wonderful routine.

Hakuna Matata

 
Here is the Year 5/6 Tigers’ performance to celebrate Mrs. Allen’s retirement. The children were amazing as always! Thank you to Mrs. Porter for choreographing this wonderful routine.

King of Pride Rock

 
Here is the Year 6 Leopards’ performance to celebrate Mrs. Allen’s retirement. The children were amazing as always! Thank you to Mrs. Porter for choreographing this wonderful routine.

Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly

It is always very difficult time here at Birkwood when we have to say farewell and good luck to our Year 6 children. They have all worked extremely hard this year; they have made all the staff (especially Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Birch, Mr. Wattam, Mr. Summerfield and Mr. Sandwith) so very proud and they should be very pleased with all that they have achieved. Their last two years have been especially difficult, but the children have amazed us with their hard work, determination and resilience.
We are sorry that we could not share this assembly with you in person, but we hope you enjoy watching this with your families.
Good luck to all next year and keep working hard!

Birkwood’s Got Talent 2021 -Assembly

 
 
We are incredibly proud of all the children who took part in our virtual Birkwood’s Got Talent. We certainly have some talented children here at Birkwood.
 
Here is Mrs. Allen announcing the winners from each category and presenting them with their trophies and medals.
 

Birkwood’s Got Talent 2021 – Upper Key Stage 2 Edition

 
Another year, another outstanding array of talent!
We hosted our annual talent festival behind closed doors this year due to Covid restrictions. The hall was filled with dance, song and lots of amazing live music from across Upper Key Stage 2. Many thanks to Mrs Sutton, Mrs Porter and Mr Summerfield for ensuring that the show could still go on, to our wonderful judges and of course to the amazing performers. A truly memorable occasion.
 
Enjoy all of the performances here.

Birkwood’s Got Talent 2021 – Lower Key Stage 2 Edition

 
Another year, another outstanding array of talent!
We hosted our annual talent festival behind closed doors this year due to Covid restrictions. The hall was filled with dance, song, jokes and lots of amazing live music from across Lower Key Stage 2. Many thanks to Mrs Sutton, Mrs Porter and Mr Summerfield for ensuring that the show could still go on, to our wonderful judges and of course to the amazing performers. A truly memorable occasion.
 
Enjoy all of the performances here.

Birkwood’s Got Talent 2021 – Key Stage 1 Edition

 
Another year, another outstanding array of talent!
We hosted our annual talent festival behind closed doors this year due to Covid Restricitons. The hall was filled with dance, song and lots of amazing live music from across Key Stage 1. Many thanks to Mrs Sutton, Mrs Porter and Mr Summerfield for ensuring that the show could still go on, to our wonderful judges and of course to the amazing performers. A truly memorable occasion.
Enjoy all of the performances here.

Pirate Pastries

The Butterflies really enjoyed their time in the Cook It room this week. They made some fantastic pirate-themed buns!

 

Super Science!

The Butterflies took part in a Pirate Density Investigation. We learnt that oil is less dense than water, meaning that the oil rose to the top!
 

 

Afternoon Tea with Mrs Allen

Our School Council enjoyed a very special Afternoon Tea with Mrs Allen to celebrate their time as School Councillors. We loved the buns (thanks to Poppies of Cudworth), the party bags (thanks to Mrs Tracey White) and the cups of tea with lots of sugar!
 

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