Primary Department Activities – Week Beginning 25th May

Here are some fun activities for you to try at home this week.

If you would like to share how you have got on with our activities, please send any photos via your child’s teacher, the Orchard Brae School Facebook Messenger page or email Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary) adunnett@aberdeencity.gov.uk.  Downloading videos from the Orchard Brae School Facebook Messenger page appears to be working again (fingers crossed!) however if you are having any issues, please send them using a free transfer site such as Dropbox or WeTransfer.

Story Of The Week: ‘Shark In The Park’ By Nick Sharratt

This week’s story is about a young boy, Timothy Pope, who goes to the park to try out his new telescope.  What will he find?

Click below to watch and listen to the story:

https://www.lovemybooks.co.uk/shark-in-the-park 

The book study below has some great activities for you to try at home based on the story.

Other Activity Ideas:

Stick Puppets:

These templates can also be downloaded using the link below:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-27335-is-that-a-shark-stick-puppets

Colouring Sheets:

These can be downloaded using the following link:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-27360-is-that-a-shark-colouring-sheets

Pencil Control Activities:

These can be downloaded using the following links:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-27361-is-that-a-shark-pencil-control-sheets

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-27367-is-that-a-shark-pencil-control-path-activity-sheets

Ordering Size Activities:

This can be downloaded using the link below:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-27368-is-that-a-shark-size-ordering

Number Activities:

These can be downloaded using the following links:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-27363-is-that-a-shark-up-to-10-addition-sheet

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-27364-is-that-a-shark-up-to-20-addition-sheet

Science: Minibeasts

Last week, we looked at slugs and snails.  In keeping with our Story Of The Week, ‘Shark In The Park’, we are going to look at animals known as minibeasts, which you can find in your garden or local park.   Here is some interesting information about minibeasts.  The download links can be found below each activity.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-10435-minibeasts-and-their-micro-habitats-powerpoint

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t2-s-1165-insects-photo-powerpoint

Now that you know a bit more about minibeasts, why don’t you try these activities?

Minibeast Interactive Game:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-5145-minibeasts-what-am-i-interactive-powerpoint-game

Sorting Activity:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-5064-minibeasts-legs-or-no-legs-sorting-activity

Description Game:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-19367-minibeast-description-cards

Classification Game:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-12808-minibeast-classification-game

Minibeast Hunt:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/T-T-019-Minibeast-hunt-sheet

Challenges:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/cfe-t-2546706-active-homework-grid-minibeasts-themed-home-learning-challenges

Make Your Own Minibeast Hotel:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-tp-523-the-cautious-caterpillar-codys-minibeast-hotel-activity-sheet

Be Resilient!

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week.  Education Scotland, in conjunction with Aberdeen City Council, produced a Resilience Alphabet full of fun think, say, do activities designed to promote resilience and develop coping strategies.  There are a series of activities for each letter of the alphabet, so pick a letter and give it a go!

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/scotland-learns/health-and-wellbeing-activities/resilience-alphabet/

Learning Grid: Life Skills

Here is a learning grid for Life Skills.  It contains 16 activity ideas for you to help develop and promote your child’s independence in a range of household and life skills tasks.

These activities are only suggestions and we would recommend that, where appropriate, you adapt these activities to meet your child’s ability level.

Learning Grid: Get Active!

Here is a learning grid for Getting Active!  It contains 16 activity ideas for you to help promote physical activity both in and out of the home on a daily basis.

These activity are only suggestions and we would recommend completing one activity each day.  However, we would love to see what other creative ways you and your family are using to Get Active daily!

Links to YouTube Channels and websites can be found below.

Oti Mabuse Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mosetsanagape

Joe Wicks – Body Coach YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Cosmic Kids Yoga: https://www.cosmickids.com/

Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Learning Station YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLearningStation

Bumble Bee Physio: https://www.facebook.com/bumblebeephysio/

imoves.com also have lots of fun exercise activities for you to try at home.  Here are some of the challenges and the links to access them:

Mountain Bike Challenge: https://imoves.com/home-learning/723

Exercise And Health: https://imoves.com/home-learning/1272

Wellness Warrior – Fruit And Veg Dance: https://imoves.com/home-learning/1332

Positions And Directions: https://imoves.com/home-learning/1334

Samba Carnival: https://imoves.com/home-learning/1340

Disco: https://imoves.com/home-learning/1346

Balance Challenge: https://imoves.com/home-learning/964

Strong Core: https://imoves.com/home-learning/1393

Primary Department Activities – Week Beginning 18th May

Here are some fun activities for you to try at home this week.

If you would like to share how you have got on with our activities, please send any photos via your child’s teacher, the Orchard Brae School Facebook Messenger page or email Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary) adunnett@aberdeencity.gov.uk.  Downloading videos from the Orchard Brae School Facebook Messenger page appears to be working again (fingers crossed!) however if you are having any issues, please send them using a free transfer site such as Dropbox or WeTransfer.

Story Of The Week: ‘The Snail And The Whale’ By Julia Donaldson

This week’s story is about an adventurous snail who longs to see the the world and his unlikely friendship with a whale.

Click below to watch and listen to the story:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000cslw/the-snail-and-the-whale

The book study below has some great activities for you to try at home based on the story.

Links and additional documents to support the activities can be found below:

Activity 1: Design Your Own Sea Creature

These templates can also be downloaded using the link below:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/us-t-2549335-sea-creature-templates-cut-outs

Activity 2: Move Like A Sea Creature

These can be downloaded using the following link:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-29366-ocean-animal-movement-cards

Activity 5: Snail Trails

Other Activity Ideas:

Colour By Numbers:

Make Your Own Paper Whale:

Draw Your Own Snails:

These activities can be downloaded using the following link:

https://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/books-for-children/snail-and-the-whale-kids-activities

Sensory Tub:

You can find out more about making your own ‘Snail And The Whale’ sensory tub at:

https://growingbookbybook.com/the-snail-and-the-whale-virtual-book-club

Science: Slugs And Snails

In keeping with our Story Of The Week, ‘The Snail And The Whale’, here is some interesting information about slugs and snails.  The download links can be found below each activity.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-sc-270-snails-powerpoint

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-27019-all-about-slugs-and-snails-eyfs-information-powerpoint

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-27018-slugs-and-snails-eyfs-fact-cards

Now that you know a bit more about slugs and snails, why don’t you try these activities?

Make A Snailery:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/roi-sc-49-making-a-snailery-instructions-activity

Parts Of A Snail:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/roi-sc-42-parts-of-a-snail-activity-sheet

Learning Grid: Life Skills

Here is a learning grid for Life Skills.  It contains 16 activity ideas for you to help develop and promote your child’s independence in a range of household and life skills tasks.

These activities are only suggestions and we would recommend that, where appropriate, you adapt these activities to meet your child’s ability level.

Learning Grid: Get Active!

Here is a learning grid for Getting Active!  It contains 16 activity ideas for you to help promote physical activity both in and out of the home on a daily basis.

These activity are only suggestions and we would recommend completing one activity each day.  However, we would love to see what other creative ways you and your family are using to Get Active daily!

Links to YouTube Channels and websites can be found below.

Oti Mabuse Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mosetsanagape

Joe Wicks – Body Coach YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Cosmic Kids Yoga: https://www.cosmickids.com/

Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Learning Station YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLearningStation

Bumble Bee Physio: https://www.facebook.com/bumblebeephysio/

imoves.com also have lots of fun exercise activities for you to try at home.  Here are some of the challenges and the links to access them:

Mountain Bike Challenge: https://imoves.com/home-learning/723

Exercise And Health: https://imoves.com/home-learning/1272

Wellness Warrior – Fruit And Veg Dance: https://imoves.com/home-learning/1332

Positions And Directions: https://imoves.com/home-learning/1334

Samba Carnival: https://imoves.com/home-learning/1340

Disco: https://imoves.com/home-learning/1346

Balance Challenge: https://imoves.com/home-learning/964

Strong Core: https://imoves.com/home-learning/1393

Orchard Brae – Sing A Rainbow

Keith, our drumming instructor, and Emmeline, our music therapist, have come up with a small project for our Orchard Brae pupils at school and at home. We are going to make a video of us singing and signing “I can sing a rainbow”. Below is a video of Emmeline signing the song; please send in any clips of you and your family doing any of the signs from the song, you singing the song or perhaps a picture of the rainbow you have stuck in your window.

So many of our pupils have receive incredible care from key workers and we would like to put this song together to celebrate all of them and say thank you.

Please send your videos and pictures to info@therhythmbox.co.uk by 24th April.

Thank you!
Keith and Emmeline

Video: Sing A Rainbow

Colouring In Sheets

If you would like to colour in a rainbow to show your thanks for our amazing NHS, and care workers, you can print off one of the colouring in sheets below or alternatively download them from:

https://covid19.nhsgrampian.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Colour-in.pdf

Sport Relief 2020

Many thanks to Amanda, Salvi, Sam and Scott for organising fun activities for us all to join in with to support Sport Relief 2020. We kicked off the morning with a select band signing up to Run a Mile. Thanks to Room 19 for braving the cold throughout our challenge, the spectators that cheered us on from the warmth of the classrooms and those that came out for playtime, supporting with cheers as we ran our loops. Each of us did 5 loops of the playground in total.

At lunchtime we enjoyed dance sessions with Sam. We all had lots of fun!

Finally, the whole school joined in for the afternoon to Walk a Mile with a Smile. We were grateful that the sun came out and warmed up the playground nicely for us. We also had some special visitors – the sumos!

Our day was just for fun, but we also received generous donations towards Sport Relief, raising a total of £165! Well done to everyone for taking part!

Bucky Bear Hosts A Picnic

On Wednesday all the boys in room 5, were invited to a picnic in Duthie Park. The picnic was hosted by the class bear Bucky! Bucky has been going home with the boys at the weekend to meet their family and have adventures with them. To say thank you he decided to host a picnic were all the boys could bring their favourite stuffed toys (even the staff brought theirs). Bucky and the boys all had an amazing time eating lots of different food and getting to meet their friend’s teddies. Bucky Bear had the best time ever as he loves getting to meet new people and go and lots of different adventures! He will remember this picnic forever and can’t wait to plan another one!

Exploring Tartans In Room 11

Last month, we had great fun participating in Robert Burns celebrations in class. The pupils spent time choosing different tartans to paint .

I chose the Black Watch which is very similar to my family’s tartan which we looked up too.

I chose the Royal Stuart tartan which apparently has rock’n’roll status and is worn by pop and glam rock stars.

I liked the Balmoral tartan which traditionally it can only be worn by those of royal lineage.

I fell in love with the MacLeod tartan which is bold, vibrant and commands attention!

Other pupils also liked the MacQueen tartan which is the most striking and with its links to the bold red tartans in Jacobite portraiture and it has taken a rebellious reputation!

Making Memories In Room 5

Today all the boys in Room 5 enjoyed a trip to Kirkhill Forest. We drove to the Forest park and had our morning snacking before embarking on our fun walk uphill forest walk.

All of the boys did their best, and displayed their strength and stamina as it was a good long walk with parts of the path covered in icky sticky mud and sparkly snow.

We took Bucky Bear with us and enjoyed making memories together.

Show The Love With The Climate Coalition

Pupils in school have been busy working with Diane, our art teacher, on an alternative Valentine’s project.  The project is part of the Climate Coalition’s ‘Show The Love’ campaign where people are encouraged to create green hearts to promote awareness of climate change and other environmental issues.  The artwork was made using recyclable materials and is now on display in the school foyer.

You can find out more about the campaign at:

https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/show-the-love

 

 

Fundraising for the Archie Foundation

Room 14 have been learning about the Archie Foundation in the last couple of weeks. They decided they want to make and sell chocolate fudge to the staff to help the charity. Recently we went round all the classes doing a taste test survey to see if there would be interest in our product. It was a success – everyone said yes! We are looking forward to raising lots of money for a good cause!