The Fruit Drink Study Newsletter – University of Reading

What has been happening at Beechwood School?

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.

To read more please view the newsletter produced by Katie and Gabbie: The Fruit Drink Study Newsletter – University of Reading Survey

Book Fair

Beechwood is to have a Book Fair on Wednesday 20th April 2016 to Monday 25th April 2016 at 3:15pm in The School Hall.

The school receives FREE books when you buy a book!Book Fair Flyer

ICE – Institution of Civil Engineers

ICE – Institution of Civil Engineers

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

SID2016_logoSafer 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

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!


Beechwood is expanding in 2016

We were delighted to hear that Wokingham Borough Council has approved a project to expand the school which will allow us to have 60 pupils in each year group.

This will help us both financially and organisationally. The first intake of 60 pupils will be in September this year.

Rob Wilson, the M.P. for Reading East, who visited the school recently tweeted “Good news of expansion at @BeechwoodPri. It’s a great school & more places are needed in Woodley.”

Rob Wilson MP1      Rob Wilson MP2

Beechwood Bikeability…

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.

Department_for_Transport Bikeability_Level1_RGB Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme, to find out more visit their website
Cycle Training – January 2016

Christmas Banner!

Check out our 2015 Christmas Facebook banner designed by Yana in Year 6.

Great job!

Yana Mistry Christmas Banner

Reading Questions

When you’re reading with your child tonight, why not choose some questions from each of these strands to really support their comprehension.

Reading Questions

VE Day Celebrations

VE Day CelebrationsThe Year 5/6 children hosted a VE Day party on Wednesday, November 11 welcoming visitors from the Woodley Day Centre.

The children have been learning about the Second World War hearing how it started and following its course through to Victory in Europe.

The school hall was decked out with union jack bunting, streamers and balloons, and napkins of red, white and blue decorated the tables.

The children and visitors sang wartime songs and watched Winston Churchill’s end of war speech on a big screen.

Mr Davies said: “For the people who experienced the war, it was a walk down memory lane and for our pupils it was a fitting end to their World War Two topic.

The story featured in Get Reading on 21 November 2015, read the full article here.

Remembrance Service

Remembrance Day - November 2015Beechwood were today remembering those who fell to protect our freedom at the Memorial Service at Woodford Park.

Here are some of the parents comments after the service;

“Once again so proud to be associated with Beechwood. Always doing something good!”

“A truly emotional experience – so different to mark the 2 minutes silence surrounded by veterans and children.”

“Was really nice, the children were so well behaved. Well done Beechwood as always!”

Fireworks Display at Rivermead Primary School

Rivermead Primary School and the 1st Woodley Scout Group will be holding their annual Firework Display on Friday 6th November.

Tickets are available from Beechwood – please send your details (how many tickets, child/children’s name) in a sealed envelope to the school office FAO Sarah Hill.

Many thanks.