Researchers Katie and Gabbie from the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading have been conducting a fruit drink study with children from Years 3, 4 and 5 at Beechwood School. This exciting new study explored whether flavonoids found naturally in blueberries could improve memory, attention and reading ability in 7 – 10 year olds.
What did we do?
Overall, 55 children from Years 3, 4 and 5 successfully took part – approximately 30 of these children were from Beechwood School. Consent was given by all parents before the study began, and children were asked to sign a consent form stating that they understood what the study would involve and that they were happy to take part. This study was approved by the University of Reading Ethics Committee and DBS checks were approved.
ICE Bridges to Schools came to Beechwood on Monday 22 February. The year 5/6 children were given a brief presentation about the project and then experienced building a 12m long model of a cable-stayed bridge, while wearing hard hats, high-vis vests, gloves and goggles. All the children got to walk across the bridge and test their engineering skills.
Having completed the task and tested it they then got to de-construct it.
Safer Internet Day 2016 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 9th February with the slogan ‘Play your part for a better internet’.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!
A great day was had by pupils and staff on Friday learning to ride and teach cycling; our youngest pupils were learning to cycle from scratch whilst six of our staff were learning to become national instructors.
Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme, to find out more visit their website bikeability.org.uk