Bassett Life
Form 5 Assembly on Wednesday 23 January at 9.00am

The theme of this assembly is Oscar Wilde and The Happy Prince

Parents are, of course, very welcome to attend!

Lower 1 People who help us

Mrs Fell writes:

The children in Lower 1 were lucky enough to be visited by three police officers from RBK&C this week as part of their topic on ‘People Who Help Us’. PC Charlotte, PC Dan and PC Alicia spoke to the children about their job, what they do to help people in our local community, their uniform and equipment and of course, how they ‘catch baddies’. The children were able to try on some of the different items of uniform from hats, vests, helmets and even had a go at using a riot shield!

They asked lots of relevant questions such as; ‘How do police officers stay awake in the day time if they work at night time?’, ‘How do you get on a police horse?’ and ‘How do you use handcuffs?’.

The children were able sit in a police riot van and PC Charlotte switched on the lights and the sirens for us. Wow!

We had such an amazing afternoon. Thank you must go to the officers who came in to speak to us, we know how busy they are and it was extremely kind of them to give up their time to visit.

We all want to be police officers when we grow up!

Artist of Week Pop up paper circus

Mrs Slade writes:

Well done to to our pupil in (Form 4J) who is our Artist of the Week for her pop up paper circus inspired by the American sculptor/artist, Alexander Calder (1898-1976). 

The original ‘Circus’, constructed between 1926 and 1931, was a toy theatre piece using wire/wood models of the circus performers such as contortionists, lion tamers and sword eaters. The Circus went on to perform for decades.


Form 5 positive and negative numbers in maths

Mr Higginson writes:

Form 5 began the week in maths this week playing a balloon game which helped their understanding of adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers. Positive numbers were considered as puffs of hot air – add them and the balloon goes up, subtract and the balloon goes down. Negative numbers were considered as sandbags – add these and the balloon goes down, subtract and the balloon goes up. The children had a ‘positive’ attitude towards the game and it set them up for their learning this week fantastically.

Maths problems of the week This week's problems

Mr Wingfield writes:

Each week, the children are set a mathematics problem to solve independently, which tests their logical reasoning and problem solving skills. The problems are posted to Instagram every week, and feature in Bassett Life every Friday with the answers published the following week.

Eco Council Elected representatives for this term

Miss Wood writes:

Congratulations to the children who have been elected to represent their form on the Eco Council. They are excited to be working together in their determination to make the school plastic free.

PINBOARD A reminder of this useful bulletin service

Pinboard is a weekly bulletin service run exclusively for Bassett parents and staff. You have the opportunity to buy/sell items such as bikes or uniform or share (or seek) useful intel (such as holiday workshops or the name of a local plumber). 

If you would like to receive these emails, please go to and click on ‘Register’ to sign up. The school will then verify your identity so that Pinboard knows that you belong to the Bassett community (but the school will not give any of your personal data to Pinboard that you have not yourself volunteered to them). Emails will then come directly to you from Pinboard on a weekly basis. 

Hot water bottles How you can help us reach our target
Further to the article in last week’s Bassett Life, a number of the staff at Bassett House have been working hard this week to build up a hot water bottle network for local people who are homeless or living in fuel poverty. So far, they have successfully recruited over 20 local organisations who would be willing to distribute and/or refill hot water bottles this winter.
How you can help
We would like to reach a target of 100 hot water bottles for local distribution. To this end, we would be very grateful if you would consider sending your child to school with a hot water bottle, without a cover, by Friday 25 January. A basic hot water bottle may be purchased from Amazon for less than £5.
News from the PE department Form 2 dance like an Egyptian!

Ms Carota writes:

The children in Form 2 are currently learning dance in their gym lessons.
The topic for their gym lessons this term is Dance Around the World, and this week they are learning the Sand Dance!

News from the PE department Form 3D surfing in the USA!

Ms Carota writes:

Form 3D have been practising their surfing technique during their gym lessons! This is an excellent way to improve balance skills and have fun at the same time. 

Lower 1 learn about positional language

Miss Baldwin writes:

This week in maths the children in Lower 1 have been learning about positional language. We went to the park to build on our learning by responding to and using positional language such as “on, under, next to, behind”. The children had to place shapes in different places and then themselves. We had lots of fun and moving around helped us stay warm on a chilly day.

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P T M Cawthorne 18 January 2019