Room 10 have enjoyed participating in a range of activities over the term. We’ve been orienteering around the playground with Scott, as well as discovering about how to care for plants. And finally, we can play in the sun, where we were sitting beneath the playground trees making our very own forest. Sometimes though, it’s just good to explore and play in the sand!
Yesterday we held a P7-S1 Transition Meeting for parents. If you were unable to attend and wish to view the information please see the slides below:
For any further information, please contact Clare Russell (PT Secondary).
We have big news this week! Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will have a LIVE PE lesson. To join us all you need to do is to check the ‘PE at Home’ class on Wednesday at 2 pm and there will be a link for the ‘Meet’.
You will need: comfy clothes and a willingness to have fun!
Amanda and Salvi look forward to seeing you!
The PE at home classroom on Google is updated weekly and the team are doing a great job in providing a range of activities to suit pupils of all abilities. These include Dance, Boccia, Orienteering, Scavenger Hunts (this week’s is a lovely sensory, texture hunt) and our regular PE with Salvi and Amanda, ably supported by our own Young Leaders in school.
Please ask your child’s class teacher for a link if you are not in the PE at Home classroom.
Orchard Brae Advent Calendar: Days 7 and 8
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 7, Room 13 have been busy playing around with technology and managed to create a wonderful ‘Elf Yourself’.
For Day 8, Room 10 are delighted to share their WOW moments from class in a very festive way.
Room 10 have been busy investigating measurement using different materials.
We used connecting blocks and joined them together to see who make the tallest group of blocks and worked collaboratively to create the longest group.
We also took maths out into the playground, measuring the length of lines using leaves and other materials and comparing our heights to the width of the path. There was also an impromptu lesson on volume and capacity as we watched the dumper truck put a tonne of sand into our sandpit!
Class 10 have been very busy working on their maths, making story props for this week’s class story and working on our music project.
Everyone loved having the opportunity to play on a piano in the classroom.
Sitting together, we listened to our story from the whiteboard which everyone enjoys.
Outdoor Learning: We took a walk around the school grounds and collected items as the children saw them. We came back to class to make ‘Natural Things’ panels, which you can see us making in the photographs. We will use these panels to decorate our outdoor area.
Making instruments in Science and Music: We are making our own xylophones, one of which can go outside as it has been made from drainpipes. We have rolled and used Sellotape, we have tapped to hear the different sounds we could make with our rolls. We have used string to make knots. We are going to use some of our own instruments in class music and see what difference size and volume can make to notes and pitch.#
The children in Class 10 are settling in after their long break. There are lots of new people in the room for us all to get to know and so we are taking things easy and doing some relaxing activities. We have done some big painting onto boards and windows. We have done some very friendly activities, such as playing games and taking turns.
Aberdeen City Libraries have announced an exciting new reading challenge for the summer. Starting tomorrow (27th June) and running until 29th August, everyone is welcome to register as an individual or family / group. Register for the challenge online: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=aw-pJD2_E02ip4k2nOs16xSlCSTRm75Nn6t-EpSexzdUN0kySlJWRlpJUEdRSEdZUlhLRTczUDZDTSQlQCN0PWcu
There are 9 reading related challenges and you can choose those that appeal. Full details of all the challenges are on the Aberdeen Reads website:
There is something for everyone!
Some ideas of how you might use the challenge are:
Read some of your favourite stories that are set in other countries (real or imaginary). Two of my personal favourites are:
Where The Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak), a lovely picture book for younger readers, and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (C S Lewis) for older readers.
Across the school we’ve seen lovely photos of our children and young people engaging in Life Skills and Arts & Crafts during our period of remote learning. Why not challenge yourself to bake or cook something new? You might find a no-cook recipe that will encourage even greater independence. Try a new craft project and make something useful, or use some of your old junk to create something inspired by a book. Lots of exciting crafty projects can be done using recycled materials and this helps our environment.
Use recycled materials to create a favourite character or a scene from one of your books. One young man from Room 14 did this previously, creating his favourite scene from Harry Potter.
Some of our Secondary pupils enjoy the Harry Potter books. These are magical stories to escape into and are very enjoyable to read aloud. Why not compare the film and the book to find out which you like best? Horrid Henry is always a favourite and episodes can be watched on TV. Do you like the TV episode or the story best? Popular with many of our younger pupils is Disney Cars or any other Disney movie. Again, see what you like best – the film or the book. There are also lots of E-comics on the library website, including Disney.
Try reading in different places and find out what your favourite place to read is. I like to read in the garden, particularly on a fine day.
Let us know how you get on and feel free to share with your teachers the stories that you have enjoyed.
We’ve now been learning remotely for more weeks than we care to remember! This week is particularly exciting with the launch of our Google Classrooms (GSuite) and it’s great to see so many families getting involved with this.
As always, our aim is to support our children and young people as best we can, and we have a Leadership Group working together to focus on how do this as we move towards ‘blending learning’ from August. In order to support their work we’d really appreciate your thoughts on what we have offered so far, any issues or difficulties you’ve experienced, and what you would like to see as we move forward.
All feedback is welcome so please take a few minutes to share your views if you have not already done so. Thank you.