On Wednesday 4th September the staff and pupils of Room 16 attended a music composing workshop run by Drake Music and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
We arrived in the hall and took our seats as 2 cellists played a smooth and relaxing melody. A third musician played various instruments and handed them out to pupils to join in. My favourite moment was when he started playing a trombone and one very shy pupil simply grinned and said “Wow!”
The pupils (and staff) had the opportunity to play various percussion and wind instruments. Pupils were given a sense of control as the cellos and trombone would repeat the sounds they had made. You will see lots of big grins in the photos.
We have a new Makaton Word Of The Fortnight – STOP!
Below you will find a short video clip demonstrating how to sign STOP as well as an activity sheet with ideas for ways to incorporate the sign into a range of everyday tasks and games.
This has also been posted on the Orchard Brae School Makaton Support Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/orchardbraeschoolaberdeenmakatonsupport/
Happy signing 👐
The consultation on the draft framework for Out of School Care in Scotland was launched by the Scottish Government on Friday and will run until the 6th December 2019.
The Government is in the process of arranging a number of face to face consultation events to complement the online consultation working again with children, with parents and carers and with the out of school care sector. Details of these will be shared in due course.
To read the draft document and offer your views please follow the link below:
We have been settling in to the new classroom, with familiar faces and new faces. In PSE we talked about what we like to do with our friends and made a poster to decorate the classroom walls.
This year we have a new class, Room 19. In Room 19 we are Senior Phase pupils (S4-6) and we are following a timetable that will allow us to progress on to the learning experiences offered in Howes Hoose, our Leavers Class.
Our learning focuses on developing independence and life skills. In our morning meeting, we chat about our day and our targets. We also practise life skills through setting the table, preparing snacks and tidying up. We take turns following a rota for chores.
We are often out and about in and around school. Our literacy and communication skills are being developed through our newspaper, the Haddo Herald, a joint venture with Howes Hoose. Some of us write the news and we use it to practise talking to others and asking questions. Going around classes to deliver the paper helps us to communicate with less familiar people and to practise using equipment such as our talkers.
Our numeracy skills are developed through wider learning opportunities such as our sandwich enterprise. We go shopping for ingredients and this lets us practise our money skills, as does managing our budget and payments. We also work on time and think about this in relation to our daily routines.
Some of us are also doing work experience this year. This begins in school with opportunities such as supporting younger pupils in Outdoor Education. We also have a young man working regularly in the school kitchen, preparing food and doing dishes and we have young people doing grass cutting, gardening and working in community centres and shops.
We think it will be a good year in Room 19!
This week the pupils in Room 3 came back to school and some of our pupils celebrated their first day of Primary One.
We explored the story ‘First Day at Bug School’ and the children engaged so well as we moved through the different classes that the bugs attend! We started the story and went through the grass (Pom Poms helped set the scene!) then listened to the ‘tiny school bell ring’ which took us into bug school. We started by doing the register where we hid under the cloths before pulling them off our heads just like we do in our class! In Spider science class we loved watching the water fall down the spout (there was quite a lot of splashing too!), in Ladybird maths class we spun the spinner before listening to/feeling on body counting to the same number, in PE class we worked hard to push the huge gym ball off our trays and it was so much fun to watch it bounce across the classroom and music class with the Crickets was a huge hit too! Almost as much fun as a day at Orchard Brae.
We are super impressed with how quickly the children have settled into the school routine for the first time/after the long holidays and are very excited for all the learning ahead of us in Room 3 this year.
We have a new Makaton Word Of The Fortnight – MORE!
Below you will find a short video clip demonstrating how to sign MORE as well as an activity sheet with ideas for ways to incorporate the sign into a range of everyday tasks and games.
We also have a new Facebook page for designated Makaton Support which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/orchardbraeschoolaberdeenmakatonsupport/
Happy signing 👐
Copies of the school lunch menu can be downloaded from the Aberdeen City Council website. This menu will run until the October holidays
Please note that the May Day holiday for this academic year has been moved from Monday 4th May 2020 to Friday 8th May 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day in 1945. Consequently, the planned in-service day on Tuesday 5th May has been moved to Thursday 7th May to extend the weekend.
It has been a very busy day as everyone returned from the summer holidays and started to settle into their new classes.
We hope all our pupils and their families had a wonderful summer holiday and we’re all looking forward to a great year at Orchard Brae.