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!
The children in our room are learning to do lots of activities where they are sharing space and cooperating to work alongside each other.
Children in Room 11 have been exploring different moving things around them. They have been encouraged to use their senses to look, touch, listen and feel sensory environment of the relaxation room. Some of them enjoyed playing with the sensory tunnel, some preferred playing games with catching lights, when some were loving looking at their mirror image. All of the children loved listening to music of their choice too!
Our colleagues at Speech and Language Therapy are have announced dates for more two day Makaton Courses (Levels 1 & 2). These are taking place on the 10th and 15th of January at Airyhall Clinic and 18th and 19th February at Frederick Street. If you would like more information or to book a place please download the form below or contact Sarah Thornborrow on 01224 310582 or email email@example.com.
The children in Room 3 are all working very hard on their targets in using technology. We use switches throughout our daily routines and are practising hard to develop our skills while using the computer, switch toys and even fun appliances such as the hair dryer! We all like iPads and use these to make pictures, create sounds and read stories. Some pupils are using eye gaze technology via the Grid Pad and concentrate hard while working on this particularly tricky skill. Each child has their own motivators and using particular games and stimuli encourage them to really concentrate, even when the work is a little bit tricky. Some recent happy stories include a young man who realised when he pressed the switch his favourite ‘twinkly’ song played and very quickly understood that he needed to wait for the song to finish before pressing again, children joining up together to share operating favourite songs on the screen and a young lady generalising her eye gaze skills to make cheeky sound effects in front of all her friends during a story session!
Our colleagues at Speech and Language Therapy are running a two day Makaton Course (Levels 1 & 2) on the 29th November and 6th December at Airyhall Clinic. If you would like more information or to book a place please download the form below or contact Sarah Thornborrow on 01224 310582 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There had previously been a link shared to view our amazing Makaton choir’s performance on Reporting Scotland. Unfortunately the BBC iplayer link is no longer available, however you can now view the video below!
Room 5 have been very busy this week exploring Our World Of Movement.
On Monday the pupils were learning how to make a Tornado in a bottle.
We filled a plastic bottle with cold water and added some washing up liquid and glitter.
We then worked together to shake the bottle in a circular motion creating a water vortex that looks just like a tornado.
On Wednesday, we enjoyed a trip to the Maritime Museum to investigate our World of Movement. The boys enjoyed walking around the museum and looking at the large boat displays. There was a large scale display of an Oil rig which was very interesting but the boys enjoyed looking out at the views of Aberdeen harbour the most. The boats were huge!
Outdoor Learning space
Last term we asked the council to come and cut down the weeds, to make an area where we can set up outdoor learning. They then delivered a large load of bark, which the pupils helped to take down to the newly cleared area. This area will now be developed over winter, to have bug hotels and hedgehog houses.
Making animals with natural materials
We used beech nuts and twigs to make scary spiders for Halloween. We used string to make the web, and then added our spiders.
The children in Room 3 have been busy having lots of spooky fun this week. We had our own (home grown!) pumpkin patch in class and enjoyed exploring the story of ‘Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin Picking Plan’. We went jumping in leaves after sweeping them up, had lots of fun picking the perfect pumpkin while taking in the sights and smells of the patch then it rolled all the way home! The children particularly liked our very interactive spooky singing session. We have explored lots of interesting toys and objects which might dance, sing, light up or blow bubbles – some amazing visual and auditory tracking has been happening. Halloween messy play was a big hit…we tried out jelly, gloop, spaghetti and rice crispies – some of us even tried it out with our feet! We participated in the school pumpkin carving competition and took great delight in getting hands on with a drill to make a starry night pumpkin. Everyone looked fantastic in their costumes on the big day itself and we even celebrated a Halloween birthday. Well done Room 3 for your very active participation.