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 priority is 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.

Birkwood Return to school Risk Assessment 26.2.21

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

Congratulations to Heather Greenwood…

…who was nominated by Miss Betts and I for the Inspirational Educator Award in Environmental Education.
The quality of the candidates was very high and the judges’ decision-making apparently was quite challenging and Heather is one of the eight prize winners!  The judges were very impressed with Heather’s impact on Birkwood Primary School. She has not only transformed the physical environment, in which learning takes place, but also the engagement and performance of children of all ages in the school, by linking the pleasure of outdoor nature activities to the Science curriculum and life-enhancing skills. As one of the judges stated: “Her impact may be confined to one school at present, but it goes deep and will last the children a life-time.” Miss Betts and I and all of the staff and children in school are very proud 😊
Thank you to the ‘Worshipful Company of Educators’ for this Award.

Music…

Music remains at the forefront of learning in school & in our families’ homes. We are delighted to host our wonderful peripatetic staff  @barnsleymushub each week. Thank you to Mrs Sutton for all her drive and ambition for our children.

Music at home…

Excellent engagement at home from one of our special Year 1 Caterpillars with his Dad. #Music Matters and this is where it all begins.

Parent/Governor Message…

‘I would just like to say a massive thank you to all at Birkwood and Barnsley Music Service for keeping things going for our children, to have that little bit of normality, of hearing his teacher’s voice every day and following a timetable.  In addition, to playing music online with his tutors, helps to maintain some structure in his life (and ours) and makes the long, dark, winter days go that little bit faster.
Keep up the good work everyone and thanks again.’

 

Winter fuel grant deadline approaching

Last month the Council launched a COVID-19 winter grant scheme to provide support to households in the borough with children who access Free School Meals.
As well as providing vouchers for the Christmas and February half-term holidays, additional funding has been provided to help the same families eligible for Free School Meals with fuel and energy costs over the winter months. Families will be able to claim a one-off grant payment of £80 per household.
If you are eligible and have not yet received this payment, you can apply here: https://my.barnsley.gov.uk/form/apply-for-a-winter-grant-payment/page-1
All applications must be submitted before the scheme closes on Sunday 31 January.
For more information about other financial help available, please go to www.barnsley.gov.uk/money-advice-and-support or search ‘Money advice and support’ on the Council website.

Christmas Decorations

The Leopards enjoyed designing their toys, creating them, decorating them and lighting them up! They applied their knowledge of electrical circuits to become decoration designers.

Whoops-a-Daisy Angel

What a fantastic retelling of the first Christmas! Our Sunflowers and Daffodils were amazing performers. Mrs. Allen (our live audience for the show) LOVED it and we look forward to a time when we can perform in front of our special grown-ups in the future.

Thank you to Miss Ward, Miss Jenkins and all of the Foundation Stage Team, and well done once again to our wonderful children!

Christmas Party Day in the Daisies

The Daisies have had such a wonderful Party Day today. We had lots of food, played games and even did pass the parcel. Look at our lovely happy smiles!

We have been so good this year!

The Daisies have met Father Christmas today! We were so happy to meet him and he gave us a present because we are on the good list!

Tigers’ Christmas Celebration

 
The Year 5/6 Tigers created this Celebration for our #incrediblecommunity to enjoy. Let’s hope that our next show can safely be performed in front of a live audience! We hope that you all enjoy this festive spectacle.
Merry Christmas from Mr. Summerfield, Mr. Wattam and all of the Tigers.

Our Nativity!

The Sunflowers and Daffodils did amazing well with their Nativity! Look at our very special costumes. Don’t we look beautiful!
 

 

Foxes’ Christmas Celebration

 
The Year 3 Foxes created this Celebration for our #incrediblecommunity to enjoy. Let’s hope that our next show can safely be performed in front of a live audience! We hope that you all enjoy this festive spectacle.
Merry Christmas from Mrs. Wilkie, Mrs. Page, Mrs. Tiffany and all of the Foxes.

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