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Birdwell Primary School  

Some of the children in the class have expressed an interest in continuing to learn to play an instrument next year and recently took a leaflet home. If you are keen for them to continue with their music lessons and are willing to pay a reasonable fee, please call into the classroom for a pink form to sign, or ask your child to bring one home.  It would be great if some of our class continued next year as they showed great potential.

I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that the whole class will be performing at our Music Extravaganza on Tuesday 11th July in the morning.  Please come along and enjoy.

We’d like to say a huge congratulations to our class for a wonderful performance at the Elsecar Music Festival this morning.  Not only did they play beautifully, they also behaved impeccably too!  Well done to those talented children who were brave enough to play a solo in front of all those people. We’re proud of you all.

Here is a space where we as a class, can share and celebrate our exciting work and displays.

This Blog will be frequently updated with news and any information important to the class.

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Mini beasts!

Over the next few weeks, we will be basing our learning around all the different types of mini beasts. So far we have looked at lots of the commonly known mini beasts such as spiders and butterflies.

We have also talked about the important roles they play in life and how they grow from a lava or an egg. We also spoke in a class discussion about what our favorite mini beasts were and why. Here are a few answers:

Shay “My favorite is a grass hopper because it can jump really high to see its dinner in the long grass”

Theo “Spiders have 8 legs to make them super fast and so they can climb up walls, i like them the best”

We have also created a lot of art and craft work based on the beautiful designs seen on the mini beasts. Here are a few examples of the work that has been made in class.

 Take a look!


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All week, we have been learning all about different kinds of construction. We have done a lot of work on Lego, and building using Lego and other plastic blocks.

We have talked about how different buildings are made from different materials, to make them stronger. We have looked at bricks and mortar, steel and concrete.

Take a lot at some examples of our brick work we made!







Pet Week

For the next couple of weeks, we are learning all about pets! What sort of animals people like to keep as pets, and how we keep them safe and comfortable.

We have had lots of pets come to visit us in class, and we have loved their company!

We have learnt all about the different foods they enjoy, and what they and how this differs from each animal.

Take a look at a few of our friends!


































Happy Easter

Today has been the Easter coffee morning, where we sing our assembly songs in front of parents and carers and get the chance to win prizes in the raffle!

We had lots of fun, and we even had a competition for the best easter bonnet and the best decorated egg.

Take a look at some of our Easter bonnets.

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This week we have been learning all about chocolate! We have been looking into the history of chocolate and how it is made.

Its exciting to learn about the way the cacao pods are grown and how the beans are harvested from inside the pods, and then the process of making these into chocolate.

We have also used some chocolate to demonstrate fractions, and sharing parts equally. We spoke about dividing the chocolate into halves and quarters.

Take a look at some of the work from our topic!

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Dinosaur Week

This week has been very exciting, as we have been exploring all about Dinosaurs!

We have looked at all the different types of dinosaurs that once roamed the Earth. This topic has been great for both our literacy and maths work, as we can count the different details on the dinosaurs, or use little toy dinosaurs to add and take away.

For our literacy work, we have been writing lots of different facts and short sentences based around our favorite dinosaur which we chose from a selection.

We even made our own Dinosaur World with different areas for herbivores and carnivores!

Take a Look!

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Throughout this week, we have based our learning around the book ‘stick man’ by Julia Donaldson. We have been using it for our maths work, literacy work and even P.E! We have had the chance to make our own stick man, and we then used these to role play and recreate the story outside, which we took photos to write about in our literacy books.

Take a look!

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Valentines Day!

All week we have been learning all about the celebration of Valentines day! We have enjoyed linking this day into PHSCE lessons, and learning about what it means to love someone, and what our feelings mean to us.

We also took the theme of love hearts, to learn all about what it means to keep our own heart healthy in our bodies!


Chinese New Year

To help celebrate the Chinese new year, we decided to learn all out the festivities that take place for this special event every year!

We enjoyed tasting some traditional Chinese foods that may be eaten over the new year. We also learnt about the different Zodiac signs and how each year has a different animal to represent it and how the Chinese lunar calendar calculates this.

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Landmarks In London!

Welcome back to our blog, and Happy new Year!

This week we have looked at all the amazing famous landmarks in our capital city, London! This topic has been covered in all classes throughout school, and we even got chance to make 3 landmarks per class. We then displayed these in there true layout as they are in London, but in our school hall!

We had a lot of fun making these and learning about all the facts of our 3 chosen landmarks, which where Covent Garden flower market, Tower of London and Tate Modern gallery!

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Meet Chippy!

We have been so lucky in Reception class in Birdwell! We have been sent a elf from Santa to watch over our class.

He is here to make sure that we are being kind and good ready for Christmas. We chose the name by taking everyone’s suggestions and taking a class vote to pick our favourite.

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Toy week!

This week our topic has been all about toys! We even got the chance to bring in our favourite toys from home. We then used group discussion and questions to find out why children have chosen to bring that toy into school!

Children then chose to do some independent sentence writing about their toy, or what toy they would like.

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Last week was all about bones! We learnt about the 206 bones in our body and thought about how different bones do different things and support our body.

We also learnt how important it is to help our bones grow strong so they can be healthy. We said we can do this by eating dairy products and lots of calcium, as well as a nice healthy diet.

Take a look

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Trip To Emergency Service Museum 

This week we were lucky enough to visit the Emergency Service Museum in Sheffield!

The trip was great fun, and we got to see lots of old fire engines and police vehicles, as well as lots of new ones too.

We learnt all about the history of the fire station and how it used to be a real police station and we even got to sit in the fire engine!

Take a look

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Happy Halloween!

This week as part of our topic we were looking at Winnie the witch book. We even had our own witch day, and all dressed in witch hats and made broomsticks at forest school!

We created a witch tree in our classroom too!

Also as part of Halloween we made pumpkin soup which was delicious. We talked about how we follow instructions and looked at following a recipe!

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Awesome Autumn!

This week as the weather is starting to change into Autumn, we have been spending a lot more time outdoors. We have looked at the changing leaves, and the different colours on our school field. We have been holding natural materials such as conkers and pine cones, and talking about how they feel and the different details they have.

We have also been continuing our Andy Goldsworthy work and creating forest school artwork using the materials found in our forest school.



















Shoe week!

We have started learning about elves and the shoemaker. This week we have been talking about how shoes come in pairs and couples.

We even set up our own shoe shop! We have been learning lots of songs that are about shoes, such as cobbler, cobbler.








This week we have been focusing on writing our name. Making sure that the letters are formed correctly and the right pencil grip is used. We practiced writing on white boards, and writing with chalk outside!

Another way we formed them, was using small squares glued onto black card. The use of the small squares helped our fine motor skills improve too!

Take a look at what we have been up to.














Welcome to Birdwell Primary School!

This has been our first week at school. We have learnt so much already! We have looked at phonics, the letters and sounds this week have been s, a, t and p.

 Our artist we have been focusing on has been Andy Goldsworthy. We have recreated some of his work, such as pebble painting,stone stacking and leaf printing. Here are some examples of the work that we have created.

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On Friday 23rd June, all our pupils in Year 5 (as well as children from other schools) will be performing at Elsecar Heritage Centre to showcase what they have learnt in their brass lessons this year with Mr Dodd.  It is always a really good event and we would like to invite you to come along to watch and support your children.  A letter will be going out shortly.  The performance starts at 10:30 and there is a £2.50 entry fee.  We look forward to seeing you there.


In Literacy, we have been studying the poem ‘Flannan Isle’ by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson; this is based on the true story of three lighthouse keepers who went missing in 1900.  We researched facts (and opinions) about their disappearance and used the information to write detailed news reports.  It was very pleasing to see the children using the key features of a news report, including using formal language and both direct and reported speech for quotes.  A selection of these will be on display in the classroom for you to read (as well as a few shown below.)

Well done to Jola Markey, who was chosen as our Mystery Writer for a fabulous news report.







Our ‘Islands’ topic is well under way, and we have produced some amazing work linked to this! We have had many comments from other children and staff about the high quality of our two displays of puffin art and non-chronological reports. Two of the children in class were even lucky enough to visit Bempton Cliffs in the holidays to see puffins in the wild!








One of the areas we have been learning about in science is famous naturalists and conservationists. We really enjoyed finding out about the careers of Jane Goodall and David Attenborough, and you can see what we learned about them in our display outside the classroom.




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In Year 3, we have been reading the book Five on a Treasure Island. Here is a picture of our display showing some of our amazing newspaper articles and diary entries!