“Children are not things to be moulded but people to be unfolded”
No two children are the same
Every child learns differently. Accordingly we embrace different teaching methods including Montessori (for younger children), visual, auditory and kinaesthetic, the mastery approach to learning, particularly in mathematics, and Visible Learning strategies.
The scope to cherry-pick from these various methods, combined with small class sizes, allows us to tailor our teaching approach to each individual child.
Our children benefit from being in an environment where girls and boys learn from each other. Life is co-ed.
This dynamic is particularly beneficial when we set children challenging tasks, or encourage them to work (and play) in teams.
Importantly they are taught mistakes are not failures, but a positive sign they are trying. And that their efforts will always be encouraged, regardless of the outcome.
“A good education can change anyone. A good teacher can change everything”
More than just the basics
Teaching for the youngest children combines the Montessori method and the requirements of the statutory early years foundation stage (EYFS).
The syllabus is based on the national curriculum, supplemented by elements the school has developed to meet the needs of our pupils.
It gives a thorough grounding in reading, writing, maths, science, humanities, religious education (RE) and personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE).
Bassett House School provides specialist lessons in maths, English, science, computing, French, music, physical education, art/design, technology, eurhythmics and dance.
Den (nursery): age 3 to 4
Lower 1 (reception): age 4 to 5
Form 1: age 5 to 6
Form 2: age 6 to 7
Transfer to the Upper School is automatic.
Form 3: age 7 to 8
Form 4: age 8 to 9
Form 5: age 9 to 10
Form 6: age 10 to 11
Parents are offered in-depth information and advice in choosing a subsequent school that will best suit their individual child.
Tracking individual progress
We monitor progress using teachers’ assessments combined with tests which provide standardised scores. This allows us to track the individual progress of every child in relation to age-related expectations.
Testing is operated unobtrusively to the point that younger children do not even realise they are being tested. Little do they know their results allow us to fine-tune their personalised learning programme.
“One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child”
Although developed in the early 20th century, Montessori remains a buzz word in education today.
At Bassett House School, selected aspects of the Montessori philosophy are included in our teaching methods for our younger children, simply because they work extremely well. All the more so when incorporated with the early years curriculum.
The Montessori method centres on mental and physical freedom and child-initiated learning. This encourages pupils to explore concepts and develop skills through their own choices and interaction with specially designed apparatus and materials.
Montessori offers a journey of active personal discovery rather than passive learning and consistently proves to be an invaluable launch to the start of academic life.
At Bassett House, we want every child to reach his or her full potential. Learning support is given to those children who need extra help. Whenever a learning difficulty is suspected or detected, we work in partnership with the child’s parents to explore the nature of the challenge and to put in place a programme of tailored support, such as one-to-one sessions, extra support in class and differentiated tasks. Our goal is always to ensure that every child can make good progress and achieve success. In short, we help them to fly.