Year 4

Barnsley Music Education Hub website now has new features which we really hope will support schools. As well as a new Online Learning section that was developed last term, we have also been working hard to reduce the amount of printed paper resources that we use, therefore we have included the following documents online:

·         Pupil Practice Diary

·         Pupil Handbook (Lots of information about how lessons work)

·         New Starter Form (Pink Form)

Here is The link to these documents:


Newsletter Autumn Term Nursery

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Tricky Tune

We are enjoying learning this tricky, but very funky, classic melody. Here’s our take on Beethoven’s 5th symphony!


We learned about the importance of the Seder meal, eaten by Jews, at Passover.

In the Bag!

We have over arm and under arm throwing, catching, batting and wicket keeping cricket skills in the bag. Watch out…cricket season is here!

We Predict…

Using physics knowledge to make predictions and log results. Which materials are insulators, and which are conductors?

Maths for Life

This week’s maths lessons are directly linked to the following IMPORTANT vocabulary: credit card, debit card, debit, overdraft, instalment, finance, limit, budget, loan, savings, deposit and interest. We are well-prepared for the future.


After a long Bank Holiday weekend, it was delightful to hear about a trip to the Harry Potter shop on the Shambles in York. It is also fantastic to see how our class text has inspired a spectacular Knight Bus DT PROJECT.

Sporting Leaders

Callum gave us opportunities to learn new skills, devise short games and explain the rules to others. We considered how to adapt activities so that they are age appropriate.


We’re investigating current electricity and making complete circuits, using batteries, bulbs, switches and crocodile clips. Great teamwork Foxes: we have some potential physics professors amongst us.

Brand New Brass Lessons

Here are our newest brass musicians. They have really enjoyed class brass lessons and have decided to take up the offer of small group lessons. Welcome to the team.


We’re using our mathematical knowledge to represent decimals on place value boards. We can confidently exchange 10 tenths for a one and 10 hundredths for a tenth.

National Youth Brass Band Competition 2022

Our coachload of excited brass musicians left Birkwood early on Saturday morning. They were heading for Corby Business Academy in Corby, Northamptonshire to perform alongside youth bands from all over England! Birkwood brass were a credit to their school and family throughout the day; their showcase received excellent feedback, cheers, and enthusiastic applause.

This truly was a community day to remember. Here’s a snapshot of our day down south.


Mrs M was delighted with this pianist’s beautifully paced, well phrased and accurate playing today! This is the first piece in her new music book. Keep up the great work.

Film Makers

With support from our parent helper, a trio of imaginations ran wild. The clip highlights a dramatic finale to a complex plot! Great stop motion animation team!

Chancellor’s Job

What would we do?

We learnt about the chancellor of the exchequer, the treasury, the Bank of England and the Spring Statement. Just before the chancellor released his decisions, we were asked, “If you could call Rishi Sunak, what would you advise?”