• Budding photographers

    Budding photographers

    Last year, Room 19 entered the 'My Place Photography Competition'. Pupils were encouraged through the competition to explore their surroundings...
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    Outdoor Learning does water play

    Outdoor Learning does water play

    Over the last few weeks classes have been exploring water in Outdoor Education lessons.  We have poured, splashed, sprayed, puddled...
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    Room 16 Toaster Training

    Room 16 Toaster Training

    Room 16 have been working hard learning to use the toaster in class. We are enjoying the smells, tastes and...
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    A busy start in Room 15

    A busy start in Room 15

    Room 15 have been incredibly busy these last few weeks!  Alongside building relationships and establishing routines, we’ve also been hard...
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    Redecorating Room 14

    Redecorating Room 14

    The boys of Room 14 have settled back to school well but our classroom was a wee bit boring.  So...
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    Tattie Salad fresh from the Poly Tunnel

    Tattie Salad fresh from the Poly Tunnel

    This week some of the pupils have explored the potatoes we grew at school and have experienced making potato salad...
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    Starting back in Room 18

    Starting back in Room 18

    We have had a very busy start to the term.  Some of our favourite activities have included rounders outside, floating...
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    Story Time in Room 12

    Story Time in Room 12

    Room 12 listened very carefully to our story “A Funny Thing Happened on the way to School” by Benjamin Chaud...
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    Welcome back to Room 17!

    Welcome back to Room 17!

    Welcome Back! Room 17 have enjoyed settling back into a new school year after the summer holidays. We have really...
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    Physical Wellbeing this year

    The PE department is transitioning from Physical Education to Physical Wellbeing.  This term our focus is to regain and consolidate...
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Makaton At Orchard Brae

Following on from our successful launch of the Makaton Taster Session for Santa’s, Aberdeen City Health And Social Care Partnership, released this wonderful video.

It contains interviews with our music therapist, Emmeline as well as our colleagues in Speech Therapy and of course, footage of our amazing Makaton Minis and Makaton Choir.

 

 

Basketball Coaching Clinic

One of our Senior pupils from Howes Hoose has been very busy this morning.

He participated in a basketball coaching clinic at Oldmachar Academy run by Active Schools.  This clinic was open to teachers, senior pupils, coaches and volunteers and designed to give them an overview of how to structure basketball sessions along with offering a range of activity ideas, drills and practices.

We can’t wait for him to put these new skills he has learned into practice in school!

 

BBC Reporting Scotland – Makaton Choir

In case you missed our wonderful Makaton choir on BBC Reporting Scotland last night, you can download it using the link below (we’re on 22 minutes into the program).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0009y3j/reporting-scotland-evening-news-29102019?fbclid=IwAR2X5AqXNbx7Za1lZxYNVxxjNArUcHqaMvI3SnwzMAfuH7moMUuo0EzXnVQ

 

Creative Learning Award for the Makaton Choir

We were delighted to be invited to the Aberdeen City Council Children and Young People’s Services Awards today which were held at the Beach Ballroom.

Arriving at the Beach Ballroom

The Makaton Choir, led by Emmeline, our Music Therapist, had been nominated for the Creative Learning Award. There was tough competition with two other schools nominated so we were delighted when Orchard Brae were announced as the winners.

Our Makaton Choir delegation with the Lord Provost

Well done to our senior pupils for representing the school today. It was wonderful to be present at the Ceremony, celebrating learning and achievements from across the City. Congratulations to everyone that was nominated!

The obligatory Awards Selfie

Our Certificate and Award

Makaton Choir Workshop

On Tuesday, our Makaton Choir hosted some very special guests in school as part of a choir workshop organised by our Emmeline, our music therapist.

The two choirs that visited us were ‘The Kitty Choir’ from Kittybrewster Primary School and ‘Singing Hands’, an Aberdeen based BSL signing (British Sign Language)  choir.  We all had a wonderful afternoon sharing our different approaches to choir.

The Orchard Brae Makaton Choir performed “Happy” and “Summer Holiday”, Singing Hands performed “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” and “Give Me Sunshine” and The Kitty Choir performed “Sing”.

The three choirs then collaborated and sang our Makaton signed version of “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” alongside the BSL version.  It was very interesting to see the differences and similarities between Makaton and BSL.  We then rounded of the afternoon by all learning the Makaton signs for “Shotgun!”

Everyone had a wonderful afternoon and Scott, the hearing dog was a big hit with all of the pupils!  It was wonderful to have the opportunity to share our learning and learn from others too.