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

Delicious..!

The Year 1/2 Ladybirds have enjoyed their ‘Cook it’ this week. They measured out the ingredients, mixed them together and baked some wonderful Superhero buns. They were delicious.

Well done Ladybirds!!

The Year 1/2 Ladybirds have had a wonderful first half term back in school ~ They have had a special visitor in the class to show them some baby turkeys. They have been busy building Superhero secret hideouts and even found the time to do some fantastic writing.

Caterpillar Cupcakes

It’s ‘Cook It’ week in the Year 1 Caterpillars so we have baked lots of yummy caterpillar cupcakes. We worked as a team to carefully weigh out our ingredients and we even timed them in the oven. We even made a spare for Mrs Allen to take home!
 

Non-uniform day…

 
Halloween Themed Non-uniform day
Friday 23rdOctober
Halloween Costumes optional
£1 donation to school funds please!
Thank you
 

The Hungry Caterpillar

 
This week the Year 1 Caterpillars have been reading ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. We loved the story so much that we decided to write our very own captions from the story. We worked collaboratively to sound out each word using the phonics sounds we have learnt so far!
 

Delicious Investigating

 
 
We completed our science topic, States of Matter, with a couple of very tasty investigations into reversible and irreversible changes!

Caterpillars Spotted in the ICT Suite!

 
 
The Caterpillars are loving using their new ICT suite now that they are in Year 1. We have been learning how to log on to Purple Mash correctly and have been practising using a mouse to carefully create different pictures.
Can you guess what we are drawing?
 

Super Subtraction

The Year 1 Caterpillars have been learning all about subtraction this week in maths. We have been solving subtraction problems using cubes and other objects in our group work, then applying our skills in our learning areas!

Shading Skills

We explored shades of colour while fine-tuning our brush techniques and watercolour mixing skills.

We can say how we are feeling

Our Daisies are so clever. At the beginning of each session, they choose a coloured pom pom, to put in the ‘monster jar’ to represent their emotions. We use yellow for happy, blue for sad, green for calm and red for angry.

The Colour Monster

The Daisies love our story this week ‘The Colour Monster’. We are learning to express how we are feeling. In our story, when the monster is yellow he is happy, when he is blue he is sad, when he is green he is calm and when he is red he is angry. The boys and girls coloured in their monster to represent their own feelings.

The Colour Monster

The Daisies love our story this week ‘The Colour Monster’. We are learning to express how we are feeling. In our story, when the monster is yellow he is happy, when he is blue he is sad, when he is green he is calm and when he is red he is angry. The boys and girls coloured in their monster to represent their own feelings.

Star of the Week – 9.10.20

Well done to this wonderful ‘Afternoon Daisy’. She is a true superstar, who has settled in so well to our Nursery. We are so proud of you!

Our very first ‘Believe in your Selfie’ week!

Well done to our “fantastic four” for such an amazing week! We’ve covered so much from finding ladybird larva, exploring our feelings, showing off our football skills … to having a tea party fit for a tiger! We are so excited for Week 2.

Lovely Ladybirds!

Our Daisies found a very strange bug in our outdoor learning environment. We used the internet to find out that it was a baby ladybird – Ladybird Larva. We watched YouTube to learn all about the life cycle of a ladybird. All of our Daisies were soooo excited!

Our first ‘Stars of the Week’

Well done to our first ‘Morning Star of the Week’ who has displayed excellent behaviour all week! Congratulations to our ‘Afternoon Star of the Week’ too for settling in so well into our Nursery. We are so proud of you both!

Owl Pancakes!

Wow! We have had such an amazing time in the Daisies making owl pancakes, inspired by our class story “Owl Babies”. The children all listened so carefully to the instructions, selected 1 and then 2 blueberries and finally enjoyed eating them ~ with extra syrup of course!

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