The children in Room 3 have been doing incredible work on their movement skills since returning to school! The children use their equipment daily as part of class routines and work so hard to stand up tall in their standing frames or take steps in their walkers. Twice a week we do focussed movement sessions where we use a range of floor based positions as well as equipment. On a Tuesday we focus on trying out activities in a range of positions, sometimes these are new or challenging but the children are so motivated. On a Friday we have a music and movement session which is linked to our story. We have been exploring all the animals’ movements from ‘The Animal Boogie’ while moving our bodies to different pop and Disney songs in a range of positions. The children work together in pairs or small groups throughout the week in their equipment and are further developing their awareness of each other…sometimes there’s a real sense of competition while we throw/kick balls or try to press the computer first but likewise sometimes it is nice just to lie together during a relaxation time or even help encourage a friend by holding up a favourite toy for them. Being active is great – amazing work Room 3!
This week the pupils in Room 3 came back to school and some of our pupils celebrated their first day of Primary One.
We explored the story ‘First Day at Bug School’ and the children engaged so well as we moved through the different classes that the bugs attend! We started the story and went through the grass (Pom Poms helped set the scene!) then listened to the ‘tiny school bell ring’ which took us into bug school. We started by doing the register where we hid under the cloths before pulling them off our heads just like we do in our class! In Spider science class we loved watching the water fall down the spout (there was quite a lot of splashing too!), in Ladybird maths class we spun the spinner before listening to/feeling on body counting to the same number, in PE class we worked hard to push the huge gym ball off our trays and it was so much fun to watch it bounce across the classroom and music class with the Crickets was a huge hit too! Almost as much fun as a day at Orchard Brae.
We are super impressed with how quickly the children have settled into the school routine for the first time/after the long holidays and are very excited for all the learning ahead of us in Room 3 this year.
Everyone enjoyed the Potted Sports organised by our PE Department on Wednesday. Thank you to everyone involved for the hard work that went into this, including our Howes Hoose pupils who supported at the stations. We all had a great time moving around in our class groups, finishing up with a running ‘marathon’ for any Secondary pupils wishing to participate. They were well supported by those opting to spectate.
This term our topic has been Our Colourful World. We have been reading the book The Rainbow Fish and exploring the colours of the rainbow using all our senses.
Each week we discover a different colour by touching and feeling lots of different things that are all the same colour and we use some of these materials to make a scale for our very own rainbow fish. Then we get to taste, feel, smell and play with food items that are that week’s colour. It has been fun to discover some new foods and juices. Some of the things we have liked: sweet chilli rice crackers, green beans, strawberries, baked beans & orange smoothie. Some of the things we haven’t liked: jelly (it was fun to play with but we didn’t like the texture in our mouths), radishes, green smoothie, tomatoes.
Room 3 were very lucky to go on a trip to Jump In to celebrate our classmate’s 8th birthday!
We had a wonderful time bouncing on the trampolines and playing in the sponge pool and by the end of the day we were all ready for an early night!
The pupils in Room 16 have been working hard on our Ragbag project for 18 months now. We are delighted to confirm that we have raised approximately £900 for the school fund (that’s more than 2 tonnes of clothing that have been saved from landfill!).
Rag bag is a Scottish textile and clothing recycling scheme. Items are graded according to their quality at their premises in Falkirk. Wearable items are sent to developing countries as 2nd hand clothing, items which may have been torn or damaged recycled and become carpet underlay or industrial cleaning cloths or even mattress lining. Either way they are kept from landfill.
There are 3 collection schemes, 1: send bags home, 2: inside collection bin (at school front office) and 3: external collection bin. We are proud to say that we have all 3 schemes in operation.
We collect clothes, pairs of shoes, belts and bags.
So this Spring, as you clear out your winter wardrobe, feel free to fill a bag of rags for us!
We have all been working very hard on our communication skills in Room 3 this term.
We have been using Pixon boards and PECS to learn new words and encourage us to make choices.
We find it lots of fun when we are playing motivating games with adults or our peers and using the communication tools helps us ask for ‘more’!
We have had a very busy term and a half getting to know each other and settling in to school life. Each day at Circle Time and snack, we practice sitting and turn-taking and we’re getting pretty good at it now! We also use these skills when we choose counting songs at the whiteboard and to enjoy a sensory story.
We try to go outside every day, either into the playground or for a walk. We have just discovered the play park at Auchmill Golf Course and are having great fun playing on the different pieces of equipment and the walk there and back gives us a chance to practice listening to and following instructions about road safety. Sometimes we go to the shop on an errand and we experience the different jobs that people who work in shops do and use money in real-life situations.
When the weather isn’t so good, we like nothing more than getting messy in the classroom with some sensory play (it’s great for our fine motor skills too!)!
To help develop our fine motor skills even further, we have been doing lots of art and craft activities, using paintbrushes, glue spreaders and glitter; we even won an award for our pumpkins at the Halloween disco!
In between times, we are busy going to Sound and Light with Kev, Drama with Sam, Music with Karin, Swimming with Amanda, PE with Scott, Drumming and Art with Keith and Home Economics with Liz –phew!
Over the next couple of weeks we are going to be doing some Christmas crafts making decorations to sell at the Christmas Fayre on 1 December. Then it will be time to enjoy the fun of the festive season!
In October the Pupil Council met and discussed options for a whole school Halloween Activity.
The options were to have a Halloween disco, design a pumpkin or do both. After a whole school vote pupils chose to do both. A picture graph was used to share the results of the vote.
Caroline judged the pumpkin competition and decided that everyone was a winner as they were all unique and individual.
This was followed by the Halloween disco which was enjoyed by all.