Makaton Word Of The Fortnight – STOP

We have a new Makaton Word Of The Fortnight – STOP!

Below you will find a short video clip demonstrating how to sign STOP as well as an activity sheet with ideas for ways to incorporate the sign into a range of everyday tasks and games.

This has also been posted on the Orchard Brae School Makaton Support Facebook page

Happy signing 👐

Seasons’ Change At The Lemon Tree

Pupils and staff had an amazing time performing our unique sensory piece ‘Season’s Change’, created in collaboration with Aberdeen Performing Arts, at the Lemon Tree earlier this month.  We would once again like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along and supported us and joined in the fun.

We were fortunate enough to have had a professional photographer there documenting the evening and we are delighted to share their images with you.

‘Aberdeen Reads’ Summer Challenge

Aberdeen City Libraries are launching a new initiative called ‘Aberdeen Reads’ over the summer holidays. The challenge runs right over the summer and replaces the reading challenge which has been promoted over recent years. 

There are incentives to read at least 6 minutes every day, mini-challenges and an invitation for the whole family to join in.  There are also a range of events taking place at libraries across the city (places must be booked in advance).

Further  information can be found using the link below:



Seasons’ Change At The Lemon Tree

Last night a group of pupils from across the school performed their piece, Seasons’ Change in the Lemon Tree Studio as part of Aberdeen Performing Arts ‘Light The Blue’ festival.

The pupils (along with some friends who unfortunately couldn’t make the performance) and staff members have worked extremely hard throughout a series of workshops in school, where we worked collaboratively with Kate from Aberdeen Performing Arts, class teacher Jessica and Emmeline our music therapist, in order to create our final performance.

There has been lots of fun along the way as everyone fully engaged their senses to develop a piece of drama which allowed the cast members and audience to move through the seasons.  We used a wide range of stimuli and there were lots of surprises along the way.

All of the pupils were a true credit to themselves and the school in last night’s performance and the audience’s participation was fantastic.  We are so proud of everyone involved and would like to thank them all for all their hard work and effort in performing a truly magical and unique performance.




Word Of The Fortnight-NO/DON’T

We have a new Makaton Word of the fortnight and our new focus is…NO/DON’T.

Negatives (words like ‘don’t’ and ‘no’) are an important part of language and our students benefit from these being modelled when learning to use negatives themselves. However, we do recognise that they can be tricky when used as part of behaviour management. Using ‘stop’ is often more effective in stopping unwanted behaviour. NO/DON’T can be used for lots of negatives or negations such as no, can’t, won’t, don’t, never and without.

As well as a sheet of activity ideas there is also an information sheet to support the implementation of this core word.

A video demonstrating the Makaton sign can be viewed at

Happy signing. 🖐🤚

Aberdeen Play Forum Summer Sessions

Aberdeen Play Forum have a series of free play sessions happening across the city throughout the summer holidays. Loose parts Play sessions are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at various venues as well as Play Days celebrating National Play Day and the Longest Day.  These events are free and there is no need to book – just turn up and join in the fun!

If you would like more information please email or call 01224518578 / 07854958107.


Summer In The City Guide 2019

Summer in the City Guide 2019

This year’s Summer in the City Guide of events for children and young people, is now available online at the following link:

The decision was made not to print the guide again this year, it is only available as a pdf copy. This has allowed the creation of an interactive diary section and use colours and photographs with additional clarity, more so than previous versions allowing for easy viewing on computer screens, phones and tablets.


Light The Blue Youth Arts Festival

We are very excited about our upcoming performance at The Lemon Tree on the 11th of June as part of Aberdeen Performing Arts, Light The Blue Youth Arts Festival. Some of our pupils (and staff) have been working hard alongside Aberdeen Performing Arts to create a performance which takes you on a journey through the seasons, with some surprises for the audience along the way!

The performance is free but tickets must be obtained prior to the event – please see the link below for booking details.

The full programme of events can be found at: