Bedtime Story – Monday 25th May

Welcome to tonight’s bedtime story.  Every week night we will bring you a bedtime story for you to watch and listen to.  The stories are read by staff and pupils and we hope you enjoy seeing some familiar faces and hearing some familiar voices.

If you would like to join in and record a new bedtime story to share, please contact Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary) adunnett@aberdeencity.gov.uk for more information.

So get comfy and cuddle up because it’s time for a new Bedtime Story. Tonight’s story is…

Big Dan Runs The Marathon (written by Daniel J. O’Neil Jr. and illustrated by Karine Makartichan)

Based on a true story, Big Dan Runs The Marathon tells the story about how runners come in all shapes and sizes and Dan’s adventures as he goes on to compete in the Boston marathon.

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

A Busy Week In Primary

All the staff at Orchard Brae are missing seeing all our pupils every day and we are always eager to see and hear what you’ve been up to.  We love seeing what everyone has been busy doing while they are at home and we have some wonderful photos and videos to share with you this week.

If you would like to share what you have been up to at home, please send any photos or videos 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.

Working Hard

We’ve been delighted to see how well some of our pupils have been working and learning at home .

There has been lots of work on this week’s story ‘The Snail And The Whale’, listening to the story, making seaside inspired pictures and creating seaside sensory tubs.  Some pupils enjoyed taking their daily exercise at the beach – I wonder if they managed to spot any whales?  One pupil even managed to find a seaside themed treasure trove when he was out for a walk!!

Others have been busy practising their writing or simply taking part in a familiar school routine such as circle time and some enjoyed exploring science and technology by making their own sensory bottles .

Some of you have been enjoying listening to stories, and the Bedtime stories shared on the school website and Facebook page have been a nice way to see some familiar faces and hear some familiar voices from around the school!

Making Music

It’s been a fun, musical week, listening and joining along with your favourite tunes!

Out And About

We’ve loved seeing where you’ve been visiting when you’ve been out and about in your local communities.

Getting Active

You’ve all been busy this week exploring different ways to keep yourselves active from swinging around, bouncing about on balls and on the trampoline, climbing trees, enjoying a bike ride with your family or working on building your core strength.

And Always Remember…

We love seeing all your smiles and even during this difficult and strange time it’s important to have fun, whether it’s on your own exploring nature…

…playing with your favourite toys…

…or simply chilling out and having some sensory fun.

Remember to make some wonderful memories and have fun with those you love.

We can’t wait to see what you get up to next week!

Bedtime Story – Friday 22nd May

Welcome to tonight’s bedtime story.  Every week night we will bring you a bedtime story for you to watch and listen to.  The stories are read by staff and pupils and we hope you enjoy seeing some familiar faces and hearing some familiar voices.

If you would like to join in and record a new bedtime story to share, please contact Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary) adunnett@aberdeencity.gov.uk for more information.

So get comfy and cuddle up because it’s time for a new Bedtime Story. Tonight’s story is…

Hairy Maclary’s Showbusiness (written and illustrated by Lynley Dodd)

What will happen when Hairy Maclary bounces and pounces his way into the cat show? Join the fun as his flustering and blustering brings a very unexpected result!

Bedtime Story – Thursday 21st May

Welcome to tonight’s bedtime story.  Every week night we will bring you a bedtime story for you to watch and listen to.  The stories are read by staff and pupils and we hope you enjoy seeing some familiar faces and hearing some familiar voices.

If you would like to join in and record a new bedtime story to share, please contact Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary) adunnett@aberdeencity.gov.uk for more information.

So get comfy and cuddle up because it’s time for a new Bedtime Story. Tonight’s story is…

Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy (written and illustrated by Lynley Dodd)

Meet Hairy Maclary and his friends, Hercules Morse, Bottomley Potts, Muffin Mclay, Bitzer Maloney and Schnitzel Von Krumm. The six dogs go out for a walk, but little do they know that Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town is lurking around the next corner.

Bedtime Story – Wednesday 20th May

Welcome to tonight’s bedtime story.  Every week night we will bring you a bedtime story for you to watch and listen to.  The stories are read by staff and pupils and we hope you enjoy seeing some familiar faces and hearing some familiar voices.

If you would like to join in and record a new bedtime story to share, please contact Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary) adunnett@aberdeencity.gov.uk for more information.

So get comfy and cuddle up because it’s time for a new Bedtime Story. Tonight’s story is…

Tom And Pippo And The Washing Machine (written and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury)

Pippo the monkey is Tom’s favourite toy and joins Tom on all his adventures. But what will happen when Pippo gets muddy and needs a wash?

Bedtime Story – Tuesday 19th May

Welcome to tonight’s bedtime story.  Every week night we will bring you a bedtime story for you to watch and listen to.  The stories are read by staff and pupils and we hope you enjoy seeing some familiar faces and hearing some familiar voices.

If you would like to join in and record a new bedtime story to share, please contact Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary) adunnett@aberdeencity.gov.uk for more information.

So get comfy and cuddle up because it’s time for a new Bedtime Story. Tonight’s story is…

Peppa Pig’s Wonderful Weather (written and illustrated by Neville Ashley and Mark Baker)

Join Peppa Pig as she she embarks on a wonderful journey exploring different types of weather and the fun you can have!

Bedtime Story – Monday 18th May

Welcome to tonight’s bedtime story.  Every week night we will bring you a bedtime story for you to watch and listen to.  The stories are read by staff and pupils and we hope you enjoy seeing some familiar faces and hearing some familiar voices.

If you would like to join in and record a new bedtime story to share, please contact Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary) adunnett@aberdeencity.gov.uk for more information.

So get comfy and cuddle up because it’s time for a new Bedtime Story. Tonight’s story is…

Where The Wild Things Are (written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak)

One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him ‘Wild Thing’ and sends him to bed without his supper.  That night a forest begins to grow in Max’s room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are.  Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rumpus begins!

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

A Busy Week In Primary

All the staff at Orchard Brae are missing seeing all our pupils every day and we are always eager to see and hear what you’ve been up to.  We love seeing what everyone has been busy doing while they are at home and we have some wonderful photos and videos to share with you this week.

If you would like to share what you have been up to at home, please send any photos or videos 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.

Birthday Boy

One pupil shared some photos and a video from his birthday celebrations!  It looks like he had lots of fun celebrating with his family.

Working Hard

We’ve been delighted to see how well some of our pupils have been working at home on continuing their learning.

There has been lots of work on this week’s story ‘The Story Monster’, listening to monster stories, exploring the colour of emotions and creating your own colour monsters.

Others have been busy practising their writing.

Getting Crafty

We love seeing how you are all exploring your creative side!

Making Music

It certainly looks like there has been lots of fun being musical this week, making and playing instruments and listening to your favourite tunes!

Life Skills

Once again, we’ve been impressed with you’re life skills, whether it be developing your independent feeding skills…

…exploring tastes…

…or helping to bake some yummy treats!

Out And About

Despite our delightful Scottish climate and having four seasons in one day this week, you’ve managed to get out and about and explore your local area.

Animal Antics!

From feeding the ducks and watching the lambs when you’ve been out and about, to playing with a new kitten at home, we’ve loved seeing your photos of you interacting with animals.

Getting Active

You’ve all been busy exploring different ways to keep yourselves active from swinging around, bouncing on the trampoline, chasing bubbles, tiring yourselves out with some sport or simply having a stretch.

And Always Remember…

We love seeing all your smiles and even during this difficult and strange time it’s important to stop and smell the flowers…

…make some wonderful memories and have fun with those you love.

We can’t wait to see what you get up to next week!