Autism Outreach Service – Presentation: Nursery to P1 Transition

This is a new presentation written by Hayley McFarlane, a member of the Autism Outreach Team. Under the current circumstances we thought it would provide useful information for those schools with pupils transitioning into Primary 1 from Nursery.

Specifically the presentation will look at how to support transition through the use of visuals.

Autism Outreach Service – Presentation: Supporting ASD in the Secondary School

This presentation is one that has been delivered to education staff in the past as a twilight workshop, presented by Hayley McFarlane and Laura May, members of the Autism Outreach Team. Under the current circumstances, our team thought it would be useful for staff to have access to it online, to help contribute towards CLPL.

The presentation will briefly discuss the following topics, giving you some simple ideas of how you can support an autistic young person in your class or school :

  • Anxiety and ASD
  • Sensory Needs
  • Transitions
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Exam Support
  • Support in class
  • Routine and Structure

Sensory Activity Ideas

As you will be aware Google classrooms are being kept open over the holidays so should you wish to, you will be able to access the activities that were assigned to your child.  However, if you’re looking for something new to try, here are some of the sensory activities that pupils in the Hub have been enjoying over the last few weeks.  Have a wonderful summer break and have fun!

Under The Sea Sensory Play:

Jellyfish Tutorial:

Underwater Video:

Sensory Play Ideas:

Campfire Video:

Sensory Lights And Music Video:

Relaxing Background Music:

Tropical Fish And Sea Creatures Video:

Colorful Comets:

Cause And Effect (can be accessed via phones and tablets):

Edible Sand Recipe:

Other sensory recipes can be found at (free to join).

Google Classroom

The summer holidays are from the end of the school day on the 3rd of July until Tuesday the 11th of August.  The Google Classroom will remain open so you can access the activities which have already been posted but there will be nothing new until the new term starts.  Thank you for your engagement with Google Classroom so far and have a great holiday.

Music With Emmeline – Friday 3rd July

Here are today’s musical activities from Emmeline.

Musical Story: The Scarecrow’s Wedding

This week’s Musical Story is The Scarecrow’s Wedding by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Emmeline is going to read the very eventful story of Betty and Harry and at the end of the story is going to play the ‘Wedding March’ by Mendelssohn. This is a very popular piece of music for weddings and we are sure you will recognise it. If you would like to listen to the music again after the story here is a link for it.

Someone You Loved: Part 5 – Whole Song

Today we are going to be singing and signing all of Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi. We hope you enjoy singing and signing along! This is the 15th Makaton Song we have learnt during lockdown – well done everyone!

Music With Emmeline – Thursday 2nd July

Here are today’s musical activities from Emmeline.

Nursery Rhyme: Wind The Bobbin Up

Wind the Bobbin up is such a popular nursery rhyme with so many of our pupils. Can you join in. with the actions at home and point to the; ceiling, floor, window and door?

Someone You Loved: Part 3 – Verse 3

It is time today to sing and sign the last part of Someone you loved before putting the whole song together tomorrow. Here are the words.

And I tend to close my eyes when it hurts sometimes
I fall into your arms
I’ll be safe in your sound ’til I come back around.

Music With Emmeline – Wednesday 1st July

Here are today’s musical activities from Emmeline.

Soundscape: A Monkey Swinging Through The Trees

Today’s soundscape is going to be imagining you are a monkey swinging through the trees. We have provided this picture of a monkey swinging through the jungle as a visual stimulus but perhaps you would like to close your eyes and imagine you are a monkey up in the trees. Do you have anything at home that reminds you of the jungle or monkeys?

Please relax, listen to the music, look at the picture, maybe you are a cheeky monkey up in the trees with the wind blowing past you as you swing around!

Someone You Loved: Part 2 – Verse 1

Today we will be learning the second Verse of Someone You Loved. Here are the words.

I’m going under and this time I fear there’s no one to turn to
This all or nothing way of loving got me sleeping without you
Now, I need somebody to know
Somebody to heal
Somebody to have
Just to know how it feels
It’s easy to say but it’s never the same
I guess I kinda liked the way you helped me escape.

Autism Outreach Service – Autism friendly classroom guides!


The following two booklets, a primary version and a secondary version, have been written by David Burns author of ‘Do lemons have feathers?’. They are short guides aimed at supporting teachers in setting up an autism friendly classroom. The ideas and strategies that David has chosen to share will be to the benefit of all children in the class not just those on the autism spectrum.

“We don’t have to learn a whole set of separate ideas to apply to certain pupils – they’ll benefit everyone. How good is that?”


Music With Emmeline – Tuesday 30th June

Here are today’s musical activities from Emmeline.

Favourite Song: Sleeping Bunnies

Today’s song is Sleeping bunnies. This is such a popular song with many of the pupils we work with. If you are able to you could pretend to be asleep and wait in anticipation of when the music will change and jump awake to be a hopping bunny! You could also make music along with the song, gentle calming music with any instruments you have for when the bunny is sleeping and then much more excitable music when the bunnies are awake!

Someone You Loved: Part 2 – Verse 1

Today we will be singing and signing the first verse of Someone You Loved. The words are;

I’m going under and this time I fear there’s no one to save me
This all or nothing really got a way of driving me crazy
I need somebody to heal
Somebody to know
Somebody to have
Somebody to hold
It’s easy to say
But it’s never the same
I guess I kinda liked the way you numbed all the pain.
to being someone you loved.

Primary Department Activities – Week Beginning 29th June

Wow!  We’ve made it to the last week of what has been an unusual and difficult term.  We would like to say thank you to all of our pupils for their ongoing engagement with learning from home as well as a massive thank you to the parents who have helped to support this while juggling the other daily demands of home and work life during a global pandemic – you are all amazing!

Your child’s teacher will be using Google Classroom to share activities with you this week but we are aware that some families are waiting on technology and other supports to enable them to access Google Classroom so we will still be posting a selection of activities here too.  If you haven’t logged in yet or having difficulty accessing Google Classroom please contact your child’s teacher who will be able to offer you support and advice.  Here is a short video to show you some of the exciting things happening on Google Classroom.

If you would like to share how you have got on with our activities, please share any photos via your child’s teacher, through Google Classroom, the Orchard Brae School Facebook Messenger page or email Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary)  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.

Aberdeen Reads Challenge:

Once again Aberdeen City Libraries will run a reading challenge during the holidays. Aberdeen Reads is open to everyone to challenge themselves to explore reading this summer and will run from 27 June – 29 August 2020. People can take part as an individual or as a group, so please register and get involved!

Although library buildings are closed Aberdeen City Libraries continues to provide services 24/7 via our digital offer. There is a wide range of ebooks, eaudio books, ecomics,  emagazines and online resources suitable for all ages and abilities. They will also continue to deliver regular Bookbug sessions digitally via YouTube and Facebook.

The Challenge aims to support children to develop language and literacy skills by encouraging all kinds of reading – instructions, recipes, picture books, sharing stories with younger siblings. There are a series of suggested challenges; many of which can be easily carried out as part of a daily routine; on a range of topics to inspire everyone to try different genres and types of reading.

Children and families who register will be entered into a prize draw and there will be another prize draw for those who complete 3 or more challenges/reads.

Reading activity can be recorded on a Challenge card which be printed or downloaded from the Aberdeen City Libraries website to a mobile device. Information on the Challenge and how to register is on our website

Story Of The Week: We’re Going On A Beat Hunt by Michael Rosen

This week’s book study is a favourite with many of our our pupils – We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen.  In this story, a family go on a fun day out, looking for bears and exploring a variety of wonderful places, but they’re in for a BIG surprise!

Below you can read and listen along to the author Michael Rosen retelling the story:

The book study below has some great activities for you to try at home based on the story.

Be Resilient!

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!

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:

Joe Wicks – Body Coach YouTube Channel:

Cosmic Kids Yoga:

Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube Channel:

Learning Station YouTube Channel:

Bumble Bee Physio: