Creativity and inspiration lie at the heart of our English lessons. Children are encouraged to share their ideas and celebrate them in front of an audience. A love for the English language is promoted in all classes. Pupils, regardless of their ability, feel that their imagination and use of vocabulary are two very powerful tools that enable them to communicate and inspire others.
Alongside encouraging reading, or being read to at home, we expose pupils to a wide variety of stories, genres and authors to foster a love of reading, enable the children to gain a deeper appreciation of different texts and to translate that into their own writing. We incorporate the latest technology into teaching English, making lessons interactive and facilitate pupil collaboration in class.
Events that bring English literature to life punctuate the calendar: our inter-house poetry competition, book week, trips to see plays on the London stage, drama workshops and visits by published authors. Bassett House children leave us as confident and articulate communicators, well able to use the written word to persuade, entertain, amuse, educate or enlighten their readers.
A story opening written by a Year 6 pupil:
“As he scattered down the gravel path, he did not dare to look back. He sprang past the closed toy store in distress. He could hear the howling sirens closing in on him”.
“He was GONE, LOST, SCARED…”
“Fear grew up his spine like fungi crawling up a winter pine tree. His hair stood on end; his heart pounded like a basketball being tossed across the gym floor. His eyes wrenched shut as his head hit the ground.”