Tuesday 28th April 2020: Friends of Orchard Brae 5k Fun Run

Following a very successful Friends of Orchard Brae 5k Fun Run last year we’re doing it again! This year’s run will take place on Tuesday 28th April 2020.

Entry is free to all participants, but donations on the night will be gratefully received, all money going to the Friends of Orchard Brae (SC049024) with a view to purchasing play materials for our pupils.

Registration will take place at Brig O’Don Restaurant, King Street, Aberdeen, between 5 pm and 6:10 pm, with the run starting inside Seaton Park at 6:30 pm. Come along to pick up your number, keep cosy and use the facilities if required.

All participants (and spectators) are warmly invited to return to the Brig O’Don following the run as it will be business as usual with food and drinks available to buy.

Everyone aged 12 and over is welcome to join the Fun Run – walk, jog or race, it’s up to you! It is requested that any participants under 16 years are accompanied by an adult at all times as the route does leave the park and run alongside busy roads.

There will be a Tail Walker at the rear to ensure everyone makes it round the course safely and nobody is last.

Here are some photos of last year’s event. Fingers crossed we get a glorious night like this again! Any questions, please contact Clare Russell at Orchard Brae.

Room 17 Enjoying Duthie Park

On Monday, Room 17 enjoyed a trip to Duthie Park. We had something to eat in the park’s café and then had a wander around the beautiful gardens. There are lots of daffodils at this time of year. The class enjoyed the sensory experience of visiting each section of the garden.

We also met one of the park’s rangers whilst looking at McPuddock the Frog. He was using a powerful magnet to scoop up the coins that visitors throw into the pond around McPuddock. He explained to us how all the change collected goes back into maintaining the gardens.


Enjoying the Outdoors: Room 13 visit Burn O’Vat

On Friday Class 13 went on an all day trip to the Burn o’Vat near Dinnet.

We had a wonderful day out and the weather was excellent for exploring and walking.

There was also an information station on site which we found very interesting and informative.

We had a picnic, albeit on the bus, but we tidied up well afterwards!

A very pleasant day out was had by all!

Making Music In Room 3

The pupils from Room 3 have been enjoying making music both at music therapy and in class. The pupils have all been exploring music in ways specific to them. This has involved playing hand-held percussion instruments, singing, playing the piano and also walking on the floor piano! The pupils have been engaging in a variety of pupil led and specific ways in music therapy and these have been reiterated in class during a variety of activities! Emmeline is looking forward to continuing making music with Room 3!


Using Figure Notes In Music Therapy

Some of our pupils have been learning to play piano with our music therapist Emmeline using the Drake Music programme ‘Figure Notes’.

Figure notes uses colours and shapes to help facilitate people to learn music in a different way. Our pupils have experienced a wonderful sense of pride learning to play; ‘Twinkle Twinkle’, ‘Frere Jacque’ and ‘Ode to Joy’.


Drumming At SQA National 3

Here is a wow moment we would like to share from one of our senior students who is currently working on an SQA National 3 in Music: Performance Skills with a focus on drumming.

He has been working with our instructor, Keith on developing his confidence in reading music, following tempo and he is currently working towards putting on performance in school.

Well done!

Room 12 Celebrate Chinese New Year and Burns Night

Room 12 have been learning about Chinese New Year (also known as Spring Festival). It starts on 25th January and goes on to 8th February and we have learned that it is the Year of the Rat.

We watched and listened to the story of the animals race on the whiteboard.

We made rat masks by sticking fur and felt on to the rat faces. We also investigated our sensory trays, which are filled with rice, money bags, easy-grip chopsticks and Chinese soup spoons. We had clothes and hats to try on too.

We also celebrated Burns Night. We designed our own tartans using the interactive weaver and made thistles by printing with green paint and then gluing on wool in different shades of purple. We think they look very effective!

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Room 16 Science: Investigating Magnets

This week in Science we investigated the properties of magnets using magnetic construction kits. We found that pieces moved by themselves if we held them close together. We picked pieces up using magnets and were surprised by how much weight one magnetic piece would hold. We also enjoyed knocking models down and seeing how the pieces remained together despite having been squished flat on the table.

Chapel Chimers

Many thanks to the Chapel Chimers for visiting us at Orchard Brae yesterday. Although we love our weekly Makaton Choir, this was a lovely musical alternative for us. We all enjoyed hearing the resonance of the chimes and both singing and playing along.