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BAS Christmas Update (Dec 2021)

Bassenthwaite have had a busy term and have started in full swing, what a super bunch of learners we have here. Everyone quickly established, new routines, friends, learning groups, class friendships, a new code of conduct for learning and some new teachers; it is lovely to reflect back on this past  Autumn Term.


One of our first jobs in Bassenthwaite was to elect some school councillors and wow, what a husting we had! So many pupils were nominated and seconded by a school friend, we had a difficult time voting for just one person! So many fantastic candidates to choose from, dedicated, passionate nominees gave outstanding manifestos.  In the end, the votes went to Ruby and Keira with Cameron and Jacob as shadow councillors. So far, we have received interesting feedback from council meetings with councillors keeping us up to date - We are excited about the new climbing frame equipment being installed in the new year and it is great to know pupil voice is at the heart of NLS.


We have been working hard to become fluent, expressive readers this term. Our class read – Cogheart has kept us gripped till the final chapter. Moments of shock, excitement and adventure have greeted us each day. Peter Bunzl has certainly kept us on the edge of our seats, chapter by chapter of intense, scary and action-packed moments, what a roller coaster of emotions we have experienced during our daily reading sessions. I know many Bassenthwaite pupils will have the sequel – Moonlocket - on their Christmas lists.


We continue in our mastery journey in maths lessons trying to gain a deep understanding of the structure of maths and not just procedures. We have also had an emphasis on number fluency throughout the school. Mathematicians who are able to recall key facts, number bonds and x facts are more successful when problem solving within maths tasks. I know we all enjoy a Rockstar appearance and we have many top ten mathematicians in Cumbria when participating in a Sumdog challenges.


From Science to History, from being creative in art, music and verse, there is never a dull moment in learning in Bassenthwaite. We are active and have enjoyed swimming again this term at Penrith Leisure Centre. There have been a number of sporting events back on the timetable; we have been delighted to get active in school again. We have enjoyed creating Computer Games based on Cogheart in Computing too.


Have a good break this Christmas holiday. Keep the timeline posts coming, they are a lovely way to connect and share successes out of school. We have an exciting term ahead when we all return in January.