Thanks to all parents, carers and partners for supporting the Orchard Brae Futures Event last week. It was great to be back in person for this annual event and there was a lovely buzz in the hall as you took the opportunity to network and chat informally to the providers in attendance. The presentation from the event is below. Feel free to get in touch if you wish to discuss anything further.
The sun rose brightly on the day of our Platinum Jubilee Celebrations making for a fun and sun filled afternoon for our families. This was our first meet up with parents/carers since Covid began. What a wonderful afternoon was had by all – the children made Jubilee Crowns and there was a sensory activity with British coloured rice. They enjoyed British cupcakes, refreshments and strawberry marshmallow kebabs. The children and families participated in a singalong and then it was time for the certificates to be handed out: I Celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Abi Sinar, a musician with Drake Music, has been working with students at Orchard Brae for the last two years, even throughout lockdowns, in developing the North East Digital Orchestra project. The ultimate goal of the project is to create a digital orchestra for school leavers and young adults, enabling them to develop their musical skills and create new music using a range of inclusive music technologies.
Pupils who have been involved in the project have been supported by Abi to develop their musical skills using a variety of accessible instruments and have created this video for you to enjoy, where they play Ode To Joy as well as their own additional compositions to the song.
Many thanks to Abi for her support and in making the film. If you would like to find out more about Drake Music and their work, please follow the link below:
This week Room 15 have been busy learning to play Boccia in class. It has been so much fun getting to play all together as a class. We’ve been taking turns and practising our throwing skills and trying to get as close to the white ball as possible.
On Friday, we celebrated Red Nose Day by making some squishy red noses of our own. We filled bits of tights with red pom poms and then glued on some googly eyes and wool to make them look funny! Some of us used really big eyes, some used small and some used a mixture! Then we made some red gloop to play with. It was so sticky!
To celebrate Save The Children’s Christmas jumper day, the pupil council challenged classes to make real Christmas jumpers using as many recycled or sustainable materials as possible. Room 12 used it as a learning opportunity to “respect other people’s choices”. And I’m sure you will agree the results are fabulous.
Room 16 have been preparing their up-cycled Christmas jumper for Christmas Jumper Day next week. We made a Christmas tree template and stuck it onto our jumper then used our hands to paint on with green for the tree, red and yellow for the baubles and lights then we used a pom-pom to bad some gold sparkly paint for the star on top. When we peeled off the template we could see our beautiful tree! It gave us the opportunity to practise turn taking as we had to work one at a time on our jumper. We are excited to display it for all our friends to see and to see the other classes creativity with their eco-friendly jumpers.
This week, R12 have done lots of work on Remembrance Day. We watched a powerpoint that focused on poppies and went on to make our own in a variety of ways: we made poppy wreaths and printed poppies using apples cut in half. We now have a beautiful wall display in our class and a poppy on our door.
Pupils in Howes Hoose did a great job packing up the Rotary Christmas shoe boxes. We wanted to give you the update that an amazing 50 boxes have been packed and sent to the Rotary to go to families across Europe. A massive thank you to everyone who donated items to the appeal. Well done all
The first pupil council activity this term was based on Halloween activities. Each class carved a pumpkin for the pumpkin patch display. Well done to Room 9 for having the strongest muscles to carve out a traditional Jack’o’latern from a neep! We have also been growing pumpkins in the playground since before the summer holidays. They look fab. Each class were asked to choose a song for the Halloween virtual disco.
Next month we will be considering “What’s your favourite thing about November?” Is it the feel of wooly hats or listening to the fizz bang pop of fireworks? Maybe its the smell of baking Christmas cakes?