Merry Christmas from Room 10

Our learning has definitely embraced the festivities!

In literacy, our story took a festive turn as we explored “Supertato presents Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Supertato: Evil Pea Rules”, exploring pantomime and snowy themes!  We set up our own performance space and dressed up as different characters, engaged in a snow themed bucket time, and that’s not to mention the real stuff making an appearance!

In expressive arts we’ve been drumming to festive tunes, and our rhythm has been fabulous!  We’ve also been working hard on our Christmas show performance, practicing our dance moves (and letting supporting staff know what we like best to help us dance – we’ve been loving ribbons, pom poms, scarves and soft toy Santas!  We worked hard to make our Christmas video, which played in the background for our performance.  You can see our video here:

We’ve also developed our classroom space, with a new sensory corner, cosy area and mini library, which are making for a lovely cosy atmosphere for the end of term!  We plan to make full use of this with a pyjama movie afternoon for the end of term!

Wishing all our families a lovely holiday!

Adventures with Supertato in Room 10

Room 10 have been very busy immersing themselves in this term’s book study, Supertato!

Week one we introduced ourselves to Supertato with Super Squad, with a birthday cake themed playdough for sensory play and a birthday themed bucket time. We introduced story massage and found this has positively supported engagement in story activities for our class – any Room 10 families wanting to try this at home can find lots of resources on our class Google Classroom.

Week 2 we explored the original Supertato story, with Evil Pea playdough sensory play, bouncing and spinning movement activities and lots of messy jelly fun for our Monday literacy session. Our Monday sessions have seen us teaming up with Room 9, which is a fab opportunity for us to practice our social skills with a larger group of friends.

Week 3 we checked out Supertato: Books Are Rubbish, creating masterpieces with glow in the dark paint, built and knocked down towers, engaged in torch play, glow sticks and light up toys for bucket time, and a jelly obstacle course for stage three (shifting attention and turn-taking), which wasn’t anywhere near as messy as it could have been!

Last week we had a bubble exploration session with veggies hiding in the foam, bubble blowing art, bubble wrap art, bubble popping movement activities and bubble sensory play. We even had a bubble themed bucket time! This gave some fabulous opportunities to not only explore this week’s Supertato story, Bubbly Troubly, but also gave us a chance to explore core communication skills (MORE bubbles please!) and practice regulation skills (relaxed breathing with blowing bubbles). Not to mention lots of fun!

All of this is alongside the focused efforts on settling in to a new class and building relationships with others around us. We’ve had some great fun with our Friday jam sessions with Room 9, we suspect the fun could be heard for some distance but that’s just part of the fun – we’ve been making friends, exploring rhythm and practicing our early signing skills.

Where will our Supertato adventures take us next? Watch this space …

A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

Last term, Room 10, as part of their topic project, were exploring the story “A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea”!

We’ve explored fast and slow with movement games in class, to link with the lyric “grows at speed”.  We’ve investigated capacity with a range of containers with water and other sensory resources, including several containers with holes in, to build our understanding of of the hole in the story.  We’ve played with light (including with adapted switches so we could control them) and reflective materials to support understanding of one story feature – the sun!

Alongside this we’ve been busy with a wide range of broader learning.  We loved choosing pancake toppings for pancake day and our science project for that week involved trying to get felt “pancakes” to our target, which was great fun!  A particular highlight of the last few weeks has been sessions on the adapted bikes with Salvi from P.E. – the effort and enthusiasm from the whole class has been fabulous!

Developing the Outdoor Space

Our Outdoor Learning team- Roddy and Sharon- have been working hard to develop our outdoor space. The latest addition is two planter benches. Lots of us have already enjoyed sitting in the sun on them. Room 6 worked hard to get the planters ready for planting by drilling drainage holes in the trays. Room 10 then filled the planters with compost ready for the plants to go in. We are very impressd with the work these classes have been doing. The planters look fantastic and we are very excited to see how things grow.

Well done everyone!

Bucket Time And Books In Room 10!

Room 10 have responded fabulously to lots of change recently and have enthusiastically immersed themselves into a new term.  We have started to run “bucket time” sessions in our class, and the response so far has been brilliant, from spontaneous shouts of “bucket” and “go!” to fantastic engaged visual attention.  Indeed the spoken, signed and AAC supported communication shared by the class throughout the day has been very impressive!

Our topic this term is “books and stories”, and we’ve been working hard on two projects.  We’ve each been starting work on our own sensory story, but we’ve paused that for a moment whilst we video one of our favourite stories.  Our favourite part so far has been playing hide and seek like the animals hiding in our story!  We’ve also recreated the sea with our parachute and sensory lighting.

We’ve also been working hard on both target work and independence skills.

Countdown To Christmas

Orchard Brae Advent Calendar: Day 2

Welcome back to the Orchard Brae Advent Calendar. We hoped that you enjoyed our first instalment yesterday and today we have another festive treat for you.

For Day 2, pupils and staff from Room 10 have been very busy getting creative through their artwork!

Room 10 Make Their Mark

Room 10 have been enjoying ‘Making their marks’ in class and are getting better and more independent in it each time. Lots of dexterity is being used and fine motor skills are being developed as the children hold brushes and pencils, and they are making personal colour choices too. We are experiencing the sensation of writing our names with lots of support, and beginning to understand what our names ‘feel’ like. 

Fun In The Sun With Room 10

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!