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It’s been a busy term at Orchard Brae. Have a look at our newsletter to see what’s been happening!
We hope all our pupils, their families and staff have a happy holiday and we look forward to seeing you all again on the 28th.
Aberdeen Play Forum have a range of free activities happening across the city during the October holidays. There is no need to book, just turn up and enjoy. However, if you would like more information, please contact Melanie Jaffrey on the contact details in the posters below
Book your places now for the Active Schools ASN October holiday camp at Orchard Brae School. Places are free for Orchard Brae pupils. Further details can be found in the image below.
This has been a busy term in Room 15, with lots of new experiences!
We have lots of fun with messy learning in Room 15. In our Secondary Department, all S1-S3 pupils complete the ASDAN New Horizons course – we have begun with building our communication of key information about ourselves. We have hidden under blankets and revealed ourselves when our name is called (activating a switch talker to announce “I’m here!”), we have practiced our Makaton signs for our names (and those of our friends) and (best of all!) located our photos in sensory resources and written our names in mixed media.
We’ve also introduced bucket time to Room 15. This activity looks to build focused attention – and it seems we’re more focused the messier it gets! We have used bucket time to build our spontaneous communication too – ready, steady and … “go!”
We have been using intensive interaction to build our communication skills in a variety of different contexts – we’re speaking and using more signs since the start of the year already!
We have been working a lot on life skills, particularly road safety. We use our eyes and ears to look out for traffic, and use our communication devices to say when to stop and when to go.
We have also begun to explore using talking mats to share our thoughts about our day – what we liked, what we didn’t like, and what we’re not sure about. On the whole, we’re liking our school day!
Room 19 follow a very practical programme to develop life skills and independence. This term we have young people out and about in school and the community on work placements. We are enjoying these opportunities and they are helping us to develop our confidence and social skills.
Visit To The Duthie Park
As part of our moving world topic this term, we have been exploring different ways in which our bodies can move and make other things move. We had great fun at Duthie Park moving and playing with the equipment. We used lots of different forces such as pushing, pulling and twisting to move ourselves and things around us.
You can see in the picture that we were really excited when we stood very still and the frog moved out of the water to say hello!
We have also been learning about how to travel in and out with school safely both on our feet and on school transport. You can see that we really enjoy sitting on the bus with our seat belts fastened and ready to go!
Movement through Art
We have been further exploring cause and effect of forces and movement in art where we have been moving different materials to make pieces of art. We had great fun moving toy vehicles through paint to create some interesting track patterns.
As a school we feel that it is very important for our students to support others within the wider community and in some cases, some of the most deprived countries in the world. Following on from this, the staff and students in Howes Hoose are organising the Rotary Shoebox Appeal this year.
You do not have to send in any money and we are not asking for families to fill a shoebox but rather send in donations from the list shown below. This will allow our students to organise and fill the shoeboxes in school. We have found in previous years that the best way is to buy a multi-pack of an item and we will divide these up between boxes. The items do not have to be expensive and could be things you have at home which you no longer want, so long as they are in good condition.
If you could please send donations in by Friday 1st November to allow the students time to pack them up ready for collection on the 8th November so they can be distributed in time for Christmas.
Thank you once again for your amazing support.
Room 14 have been honing their scientific and research skills. We have been investigating things that move and what makes them move. Earlier in the term we investigated wind power. We tried blowing some things over and found that the hairdryer could blow harder than we could. We decided that we did not want to stay in a windy hurricane town as it was dangerous.
We also looked at whether the shape of something made it easier to move. We experimented with things we found in school. The pen rolled if you took the cap off but not with the cap on. The scooter rolled when upright but not if we put it in it’s side. The box of tissues did not roll but the tumbler did. We found a tyre in our playground and we all had fun rolling it.