Room 13 Supporting Remote Learning

Room 13 have been distributing classwork to pupils at home who cannot access the school during the epidemic.

Our pupils delivered work to pupils in Class 8 this week so that they would all have things to do at home.

At the moment Room 13 is delivering learning packs to around 20 students per week as well as delivering food through the Fare Share to households.

PE at Home

Our PE specialists have been working hard, supported by our Young Leaders from Howes Hoose. Have you had a look in the PE classroom yet?

There are different activities each week to suit all ages and abilities. Here are a couple of activities demonstrated by the Young Leaders: throwing from a seated position and throwing from a standing position.

If you do try out any of our PE at Home videos, please share your feedback with Salvi and Amanda by commenting on their links, sharing photographs or videos. They are keen to know what you are enjoying in order that they can provide activities to meet your needs, assess our pupils’ learning, and at Secondary level, use activities towards our National Qualifications and ASDAN awards.

A Busy Start To The Term In Primary

It has been an unusual start to the term as we returned to learning during lockdown. However, everyone has been very busy and working hard on learning and developing their skill whether they be at home or in school.

Here are a few pictures and videos to show you what we’ve been up to since we went ‘back to school’.

Karen’s Creative Challenge

Each week Karen, the Head of Primary, will set a creative challenge. The first challenge she set was all about building towers. As you can see, we had lots of fun, building (and knocking down!) towers. We made them out of wooden blocks, lego and other things we found around the house, such as cushions.

Learning At Home

There has been lots of wonderful work going on at home. Some of you are joining in activities through your Google Classrooms and others are working on resources that have been sent home. However you are accessing your learning, remember we are always here to support you in any way we can.

Keeping Active

It is always important to keep active, whether it be exploring equipment in gym class, practising your ball skills, playing at the park or exploring the great outdoors with family and friends.


One pupil enjoyed celebrating her birthday at home with her family. We hope you had a wonderful day!

Fine Motor Skills

Many of you have been working on developing your fine motor skills. You’ve been practising your switch work, manipulating blocks and other materials and working on your pencil control.

Life Skills

We have been very impressed with how well some pupils are progressing in the development of life skills. You’ve been very busy setting tables, cooking lots of yummy looking treats and it certainly looks like you enjoyed tasting what you made.

And Finally…

We love seeing your enthusiasm and how you are engaging with your learning. If you would like to share what you have been up to please feel free to share any photos or videos via your child’s teacher, through Google Classroom, or email Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary)

Google Classroom

Our Google Classrooms are now live!  Your child’s teacher will be using Google Classroom to share a range of learning activities with you but 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.

We are aware that some families are waiting on technology and other supports to enable them to access Google Classroom and we are currently trying to source appropriate devices.  If you require a device to support home learning and did not complete the online form sent out last week, please contact Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary)

We love seeing how everyone is getting on with their learning and if you would like to share any photos or videos please do so via your child’s teacher, through Google Classroom, or email Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary)  

Countdown To Christmas

Orchard Brae Advent Calendar: Day 24

Christmas Day is almost here and we are delighted to share the final installment of the Orchard Brae Advent Calendar.

Today brings you a message from Caroline Stirton, Executive Head Teacher, along with a special video from staff.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year from everyone at Orchard Brae.

Countdown To Christmas

Orchard Brae Advent Calendar: Days 21 and 22

We hope that you enjoy the latest installment of the Orchard Brae Advent Calendar.

For Day 21, Room 4 are delighted to share how Diane, our art specialist, helped them to make the own Christmas tree decorations.

For Day 22, Room 6 bring you a sensory exploration of a Christmas light switch on.

Countdown To Christmas

Orchard Brae Advent Calendar: Days 17 and 18

Today we have two more festive treats for you as part of our Orchard Brae Advent Calendar.

For Day 17, Room 5 bring you a very special ‘Nutcracker March’.

For Day 18, Room 17 give you their version of ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ with lyrics they wrote themselves.

Countdown To Christmas

Orchard Brae Advent Calendar: Days 15 and 16

The holidays have arrived and we hope that you are enjoying the Orchard Brae Advent Calendar and that today’s festive features get you into the spirit for a fun filled Christmas.

For Day 15, Room 16 are delighted to share the story of ‘Jack Frost’, narrated by the pupils in class and featuring music created by one pupil in music therapy.

For Day 16, Room 11 are delighted to share their WOW moments from class in a very festive way.

Happy Holidays From Orchard Brae

We would like to wish all of our pupils, families and colleagues a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We will continue to post our festive advent calendar right up to the big day but until then here is a wee snapshot of some of the festive things that have been happening in school over the last few weeks.

Enjoy the holidays and we will see you all in 2021!

Christmas Jumper Day

We celebrated Christmas Jumper Day in school last Friday but there have been lots of festive outfits on display this week too!

Santa’s Grotto

We’ve also had a very special visitor in school this week who has been busy handing out gifts to all the pupils. It was also a wonderful opportunity for pupils at home to join in with their classmates and share in the excitement!

Class Activities

There has also been lots of fun in classes too! We’ve had everything from snow exploration, decorating gingerbread houses, pyjama parties, Christmas crafts, mischievous elves and much much more!


And what would Christmas be without a party! A massive thank you the MOVE and PE teams for organising and hosting these. It certainly looks like everyone had a fantastic time!

Countdown To Christmas

Orchard Brae Advent Calendar: Days 13 and 14

It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of term before Christmas but don’t worry…our festive treats will carry on right up until the big day!

For Day 13, Howes Road PM Nursery bring you ‘When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney’.

For Day 14, Room 9 are delighted to share the ‘Turkey Dance’ with you, complete with turkey costumes they made themselves!