Spelling Competition – Friday 27th & Tuesday 31st March 2015

Year 1

1st  Lauren Watkins [Blue]

2nd  Adbullah Mirza [Yellow]

3rd  Daniel Stiff [Green]

4th  Adam Grierson [Red]

Year 2

1st  Nora Djotni [Red]

1st  Spencer Pengraeve [Yellow]

3rd  Daniel Henley [Blue]

3rd  Isaac Jenner [Green]

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

1st  Ellie Watkiss [Blue]

1st  Holly Oakley [Red]

3rd  Adhvyth Anand [Green]

4th  Janis Zelenka [Yellow]

Year 6

1st  Ruben Calutas [Green]

2nd  Alex Routledge [Red]

2nd  Rebecca Mummery [Blue]

2nd  Lois Casey [Yellow]

1/2D Cake Sale

cupcakes

1/2D raised a grand total of £80.40 from the cake sale on Friday 6th March.

Well done to all the children and Miss Anderson!

Years 5 and 6 visit Winchester Theatre

ibelieveinunicorns-mainI Believe in Unicorns…

Last half-term Years 5 and 6 visited Winchester Theatre to watch Theatre Alibi’s production of I Believe in Unicorns. They had been studying this book within their English lessons. The show focused around a young boy grappling with a country at war and the struggle he, his family and his friends faced due to this.

The actors and actresses were brilliant – a real joy to watch; they recreated the story perfectly.

After the show the children were lucky enough to meet the cast and the director and ask any questions that they had. This was something
that they particularly enjoyed, and that we’re thankful to Theatre Alibi for organising.

Winchester Theatre Trip [I Believe In Unicorns] – February 2015

NSPCC Maths Challenge

NSPCC-Maths-Challenge

Congratulations to all the children who completed the Maths Challenge to raise money for the NSPCC.

We are so proud to announce that we raised a massive £2,300.75 for this wonderful charity.

Kim Williams of the NSPCC presented the cheque in a special assembly to mark the event.

 

Care for the Kennet – Class 3/4Cu

At Beechwood we are always doing something interesting, previously it was the Titanic however this time we wanted to do something more hands on!

Today we are helping to save the River Kennet, supported by Ark – a charity dedicated fighting water pollution. Children in year 3/4 have been given the task of hatching 120 trout eggs, and in the process also finding out where our food comes from.

In the wild just 1 out of 100 eggs survive predators and pollution to become an adult fish, so it is not an easy task for any budding Nemo’s!  Children have to understand the importance of keeping the water (and rivers!) clean, otherwise our fish wouldn’t survive. They also need to carefully monitor the temperature (fish don’t like hot showers, but prefer a rather chilly 10 degrees!), and the tank must stay dark and calm.

(Young fish are the shy retiring types – and normally hatch under stones away from currents and sunlight).

At first several eggs didn’t survive and had to be carefully removed, however under the children’s careful watch over 50 eggs have hatched, and are now wriggling around eating their egg sacks.  Exciting news but it is not over yet as tomorrow we need to start feeding them to help them grow into a young fish that can survive in the wild.

By the time we let them go into the wild they will be 10cm long, and will eventually grow to be over 3 times that size!

ARK-Fish-1So tomorrow when you are having dinner, think of the struggles your poor fish has endured to make it to your plate!

It has been a great experience for the children to see the changes and the stages on the life cycle of a trout and how hard it is for some creatures to survive if we don’t look after their environment. We are planning to release them back into the river in around 6 weeks to increase the declining number of fish in the river.

Stay tuned for more (older!) fish tales!

View ARK’s website at www.riverkennet.org

Mrs Cuellar

Maths Curriculum Evening

There is a Maths Curriculum evening next week on Wednesday 28th January.

Please do make an effort to come along to see why maths is fun and why it is so important in our everyday lives.