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!
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.
This has been a busy term in Room 15, with lots of new experiences!
We have lots of fun with messy learning in Room 15. In our Secondary Department, all S1-S3 pupils complete the ASDAN New Horizons course – we have begun with building our communication of key information about ourselves. We have hidden under blankets and revealed ourselves when our name is called (activating a switch talker to announce “I’m here!”), we have practiced our Makaton signs for our names (and those of our friends) and (best of all!) located our photos in sensory resources and written our names in mixed media.
We’ve also introduced bucket time to Room 15. This activity looks to build focused attention – and it seems we’re more focused the messier it gets! We have used bucket time to build our spontaneous communication too – ready, steady and … “go!”
We have been using intensive interaction to build our communication skills in a variety of different contexts – we’re speaking and using more signs since the start of the year already!
We have been working a lot on life skills, particularly road safety. We use our eyes and ears to look out for traffic, and use our communication devices to say when to stop and when to go.
We have also begun to explore using talking mats to share our thoughts about our day – what we liked, what we didn’t like, and what we’re not sure about. On the whole, we’re liking our school day!
Room 14 have been honing their scientific and research skills. We have been investigating things that move and what makes them move. Earlier in the term we investigated wind power. We tried blowing some things over and found that the hairdryer could blow harder than we could. We decided that we did not want to stay in a windy hurricane town as it was dangerous.
We also looked at whether the shape of something made it easier to move. We experimented with things we found in school. The pen rolled if you took the cap off but not with the cap on. The scooter rolled when upright but not if we put it in it’s side. The box of tissues did not roll but the tumbler did. We found a tyre in our playground and we all had fun rolling it.
The beginning of summer is upon us! As we head into the final stretches of the school year, everyone should take time to reflect on the highs and lows of the year. What worked? What flopped? How can you improve for next year? What from your old job will you bring to your new one? What must you definitely leave behind?
However, when we take time to reflect on our year and take stock of how we’ve grown and changed, we are more able to acknowledge the gifts of this passage and harvest our own learning for the future.
Let’s find out together our best moments.
One of the pupils in Room 13 found a poem, The Owl, by Alfred Lord Tennyson. As he was reading it and showing interest, the class followed up with some additional learning around owls. They have used mixed media to create some lovely art work. This has included natural materials and textures such as bark.
Follow us, Room 8, into an amazing journey through our world of rights along with Handa, from “Handa’s surprise” by Eileen Browne.
In the story, Handa, a girl from Kenya, took a surprise bowl of fruits on a journey to her friend Akeyo. Different animals pinched the fruits without Handa’s permission. There were many interesting animals and fruits to find out about, making the journey really fun. As Handa’s journey was about to end, a goat bumped into a tangerine tree, and filled up her empty bowl with tangerines. When she arrived at Akeyo’s village, that was a happy surprise for both Handa and Akeyo. Handa was amazed by the loss of the other fruits, and the presence of tangerines. There was a happy ending because Akeyo’s favourite fruit is tangerine and Handa brought them to him.
What made this story so wonderful was the beautiful describing words. It also introduced the theme of friendship and its importance, which is another positive asset to this story. The surprise at the end of the story added a comical twist that brought the happiness.
Altogether, this was a really engaging and entertaining book that was wonderful to listen to and made us smile. Furthermore, the book has given us the opportunity to learn about children’s rights, to explore and taste the fruits from Handa’s basket, and to speak about our uniqueness and importance.
However, our journey is not finished yet, so be ready for other adventures along with Handa and her friend, Akeyo.
In Room 16 we have been working on our John Muir Award all year. This focuses on Outdoor Education.
In order to achieve our Bronze Award, we have to do 4 days work in our chosen outdoor space. We chose our playground, as we felt it was a bit bare and it was readily accessible to us.
Our plan was to blur the boundaries between the indoor and outdoor spaces. Here’s what we’ve done so far:
- Learned about the Scotsman John Muir and his work protecting natural spaces in North America.
- Explored our playground in different seasons and from different perspectives.
- Planted lots of bulbs, seeds and seedlings in science lessons.
- Experimented with flowers in science lessons
- Used natural and recycled materials in craft projects.
- Been for lots of walks in the local community, to the shops, duck pond, parks and outdoor fitness area.
- Fed the birds (ducks, robins and sparrows) at the local duck pond.
- Decorated milk bottle plant pots for house plants in our classroom, which the pupils look after.
- Made a sound sculpture with pots and pans in the playground, for pupils to play with.
- Hung up a large thermometer in the playground for everyone to use.
But we are not quite finished yet. We are in the process of making some more interactive and noisy sculptures for the playground.
We would like everyone to be able to enjoy using the outdoor spaces in school more, so here’s hoping for some dry weather!
Room 12 are beginning to create a wide variety of art work, inspired by Nuart in Aberdeen.
They have looked at images and videos relating to the work around Aberdeen and hope to go and view some of it in situ.
So far, they have explored the work of Hama Woods, Jan Vormann and Anders Gjennestad, some of which can be seen around Aberdeen. They have also explored techniques such as yarn bombing and the transient nature of chalk art.
Examples of the artist’ work and the map of locations can be found at: https://2019.nuartaberdeen.co.uk/
Room 12 celebrated May Day on 1st May. We crowned our May Queens and Kings and looked at a PowerPoint and videos of Morris and Maypole dancing. We played along with our bells. In pairs, we made Maypoles from cardboard tubes, stickers and crepe paper, and used playdough to ground them. We added play people for our display.