Bassett Life
MESSAGE FROM MRS CAWTHORNE HAPPY EASTER AND THANK YOU!

Life has changed dramatically over the past couple of weeks but in true Bassett spirit, when faced with the challenges of remote learning, the mantra has not been ‘can’t do it’ but ‘can’t do it YET!’ We have all learnt new skills and the teachers have been absolutely amazing adapting to teaching the children through Google Classroom and Zoom sessions.

It was so lovely to see most of the children at the Zoom assemblies today and I really do hope they will take the opportunity, over the Easter break to stop, look around and take time to appreciate all the wonderful new life that spring has brought us.

As the Welsh poet W H Davies wrote:

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad day light,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

It’s a rather old-fashioned poem written in 1911 but the message is bang up to date. I have suggested that the children complete a nature diary with drawings of plants and animals that they see around them at this time of the year. I hope they will create something that will be a positive reminder of this strange period.

Thank you for taking time to complete the questionnaire about our remote learning provision. The responses have been overwhelmingly positive with many comments about how quickly we have adapted to teaching online and noting the continual drive for improvement in content and quality. The Zoom sessions are working particularly well and there have been requests for more live teacher contact, including specialist, one-to-one and small group sessions which we will incorporate into the online timetable – I see Mrs Harcourt has been raising spirits and interacting with young and old already with her fun music and movement activities! We shall also have more assemblies next term and encourage the children with remote house points.

As usual it is impossible to please everyone; some parents want more work for their children and others less, so we will, as ever, strike a happy medium. There will be contact from school over the Easter holidays via Google Classroom (not too many dog pictures, I promise) so do keep looking at it.

The calendar for the summer term is not yet available, but please rest assured that just as soon as we are in a position to publish it, we will send it to you.

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement and for helping your children with their learning activities.

Happy Easter everyone and do keep safe and well.

 

Bassett Radio The final episode for this term!

Miss Wood writes:
To get your final episode of Bassett Radio for this term, please click on the arrow below or open up the camera on your iPhone and scan the QR code to hear the latest episode.
Sit back, relax and enjoy listening!

Keep safe and stay well.

 

News from the PE department Keep it up!

Mr Friese writes:

The children have been busy working on various PE tasks over the past week which have included gymnastic balancing, gymnastic shapes, football skills and hockey skills as well as quizzes covering their learning in games lessons during the spring term. There have been some fantastic pieces of evidence provided by the children so far including written work, photographs and videos.

Well done everyone and keep up the good work.

A message from Pinboard A reminder of this useful service

Dear Parents 
Make sure to sign up to Pinboard! Whilst we’re all at home, Pinboard is a great community resource to share tips to help make things more manageable, or give you ideas for some light relief!

What is it?
Pinboard is a weekly email that acts like a noticeboard in a hallway. Only parents and staff from Bassett House can read it and post on it.

How do I join?
Please do ’Sign Up’ via www.pinboard.com and follow the prompts. Once verified, you’ll receive your Pinboard every Thursday and you’ll be able to post.

Happy Pinboarding!

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P T M Cawthorne 1 April 2020