Bassett Life
Message from Mrs Cawthorne

It has been lovely to see the Form 2 children back in school this week: they have really enjoyed seeing their friends and teachers again before the holidays. Form 6 have been enjoying putting their production of Grease together and I look forward to sharing some photos with you next week.

Lower 1F Gardening

Mrs Fell writes:

The boys and girls in L1F have really taken to their new roles as gardeners since their return to school a few weeks ago. They have loved working with Pascale. the Growing Space Environmental Coordinator, to water and care for the plants and have sowed some parsley, dill and coriander. We are also keeping a very close eye on our class apple tree and making sure to keep it watered – did you know that it needs 14 litres of water every day!

This week, Pascale taught us a new word – ‘propagation’ which means planting and growing a new plant from the parent stock. We used a chocolate mint plant from the garden to create our own small pots of chocolate mint. We are hoping that maybe, once our little plants have grown, that we can use them to make mint choc chip ice cream – yum!

Form 4 Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

Mrs Harcourt writes:

Form 4’s independent learning assignment was to listen to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and draw what event they thought it may have been written about. One of our pupil’s drawing correctly depicts a battle scene.

Form 4 Music

Mrs Harcourt writes:

In their inimitable style, Form 4 were not going to let lockdown detract from their musical progress, as today’s Zoom Young Musicians’ Assembly showed. Ms Johnson, Miss Probert and I were truly entertained by a wide variety of performances – what a treat for a Friday afternoon! There was a polished Grade 1 guitar solo of ‘Underground’, a beautiful rendition of the Czech national anthem and a dynamic solo in Spanish of ‘Princess’. One young composer played his own piece which he created on an app, which got the assembled crowd moving, and the final performance was a family-affair, a terrific trio performing ‘Wild Thing’ on drums, guitar and vocals! It was so lovely to see other equally-talented children attending to support their friends, what a great way to start the weekend. Well done, Form 4!

Form 5 Science

Mlle Dolques writes:

During their science lessons this week, the children learnt about elements, compounds and mixtures and used Skittles sweets to represent atoms. They loved using practical skills and were pleased to take a few sweets home at the end of the day!

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.

Form 6 Newton colour wheels

Mrs Barne writes:

Form 6 created Newton colour wheels in their science lesson this week, to explore how white light is made up of every colour in the spectrum. The children then explained how we see rainbows. Great investigation skills Form 6!

Maths problems of the week Last week's answers

Key stage 1
The mass of the sphere is 15kg.

Key Stage 2
Lucy shaded 9 more squares.

News from the PE department PE lessons this week

Mr Friese writes:

This week in PE lessons the children in the Den have had a marvellous time learning new ways of balancing whilst the rest of the school have mainly concentrated on athletics events. These events included standing long jump and hurdles and each year group were set age relevant technique practices and challenges and produced some truly outstanding work. Well done to all!

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P T M Cawthorne 3 July 2020