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Year 7 French

Year 7 pupils thoroughly enjoyed putting on a fashion parade this week, practising their descriptive language as they confidently explained their colourful outfits in fantastic French!  Happily, their French was markedly better than their fashion sense….  Enjoy the photos below!

Year 7 French "Je porte..." March 2022

Year 6 Future Skills

Year 6 have been learning how to write CVs and formal letters, applying for fictional roles. Whilst doing so, they have also been reflecting on how changes in the way we live mean that formal letter writing is not as commonplace as it once was.  It is, however, an important skill, and this week pupils have been learning how to present themselves , understanding how they will need”sell” themselves in writing in the future. In building their CVs, they have reflected upon their skills and their personal qualities.

Part of the lesson was also spent convincing Mrs Clarke that Charlie’s dog really had eaten his homework…..


Science Investigations

Year 7 have been learning about circulation and the heart in Science this week.  They have researched the composition of blood – and even made their own conical flask full of blood and plasma (please note, no children were hurt during this experiment…).

Top Form Art

Top Form artists have been working on wax resist studies of Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures – well done to you all on some amazing creations:

Top Form Art - Barbara Hepworth March 2022

Private Peaceful

Key dates for your diary:

Technical & Dress rehearsal 1: Friday 11 March (finishing at 1740).

Technical & Dress rehearsal 2 + photographs with Michael Carver: Saturday 19 March, 1000 -1600

Dress rehearsal performance to Year 5 & 6 + Top Form non drama pupils: Monday 21 March, 1430 – 1600

Evening performances to parents:  Thursday & Friday 24 and 25 March, 1900 – 2030

Reminder: All of Year 7 are involved in the play but ONLY those who opted for Drama in Top Form.

Rehearsal Schedules

Year 7

Top Form


Thanks to Mrs Jacques’ wonderful design and sewing skills, we will provide ALL costumes for Private Peaceful, however ALL PUPILS should bring the following items:

  • clean school shoes, grey socks (preferably long if they are school children, girls and boys).
  • Girls need to have their hair tied back, buns for British soldiers. We would like Anna to have pigtails please!

Photos Please!

We would also like to put together a slideshow to remember family members who served in either World War 1 or World War 2.

Thank you to all the parents who have already sent in photographs – we are building up a wonderful collection.

If you do have any more at home, please email them to me vial email by Friday 11 March.

Thank you

Mrs Hegarty


English Speaking Union

Congratulations to the following pupils who have made it through to the Regional Final of the English Speaking Union and will now represent Beechwood on a national level:

  • Millie Gray
  • Audrey Ekpo
  • Felix Maxwell
  • Charlotte Raynes
  • Eloise Webster
  • William Farrow
  • Aidan Burger

Message from Mr Buddie

At the start of the academic year, the School provided all pupils in Years 4 upwards with their own free set of wired in-ear headphones for use in School.  This was because we wanted to stop the practice of sharing wired headphones due to the risk of Covid-19 transmission as well as other health and safety concerns. Staff told pupils informed that they needed to take responsibility for their own headphones, and ensure that they brought them to School as an essential piece of equipment.  The provision of these free headphones was on the understanding that if pupils lost or damaged them, they would need to provide their own from then on.  It is becoming more important that pupils have their own wired headphones as they are often using Chromebooks and other devices throughout school.

I am bringing this to your attention, because many pupils no longer have their free set of wired headphones and we no longer have sets in School that they can borrow.  If your child no longer has the original set of wired headphones, please could they obtain another set for use in School?

There is no required specification for these  headphones – there is no need to have top-of-the-range ones like Beats by Dr Dre etc, and very cheap ones such as these from Amazon (a set of 10 coloured ones, working out at only £1.30 each) are totally adequate for our needs. Please could you ascertain from your child if they have the original set, and if not, please ensure that they have a set as soon as possible.

Drew Buddie

Director of Digital Learning


Head’s Commendations

Year Group Nurture Engage Inspire
Year 6 Harriet P Oli B, Zach J Isaac C, Oscar B, Amy C, Livi D, Lara J, Harry G, Felix R
Year 7 - - -
Top Form Ashish - Leo, Alejandro