Many thanks to Amanda, Salvi, Sam and Scott for organising fun activities for us all to join in with to support Sport Relief 2020. We kicked off the morning with a select band signing up to Run a Mile. Thanks to Room 19 for braving the cold throughout our challenge, the spectators that cheered us on from the warmth of the classrooms and those that came out for playtime, supporting with cheers as we ran our loops. Each of us did 5 loops of the playground in total.
At lunchtime we enjoyed dance sessions with Sam. We all had lots of fun!
Finally, the whole school joined in for the afternoon to Walk a Mile with a Smile. We were grateful that the sun came out and warmed up the playground nicely for us. We also had some special visitors – the sumos!
Our day was just for fun, but we also received generous donations towards Sport Relief, raising a total of £165! Well done to everyone for taking part!
Room 16 have been doing a great job, supporting the Clothing Exchange scheme. Pupils are regularly tidying up the area, washing, sorting and folding new clothing. It’s good to see an increase in sizes available too. Please keep sending items in if they’re in good condition and no longer of use to your child. Do also feel free to pop in and browse any time or let us know via the home school diary if you’d like the class team to have a look on your behalf.
The topic, All About Me, provides children with the opportunity to answer the all-important question “Who Am I?”. Activities as Self-Portrait, Facts About Me, My Opinions, Me Poem, My Hands Can, and Me Recipe are just a few of our planned activities for this term.
One of our favourite activities has been The Self-Portrait.
We needed several photographs of people from magazines or internet pictures, scissors, glue, card.
STEP 1: We pre-cut the body parts of the people from the magazine or internet pictures.
STEP 2: The pupils took a ‘look’ in the mirror and determined what they like best about themselves – a great exercise for building character and self-esteem!
STEP 3: The children got a piece of card and glue. They created a cubist-inspired collage by assembling and gluing eyes, noses and lips from multiple angles.
Many thanks to the brother of one of our pupils who has asked if he can fundraise individually through sponsorship for the 5k Fun Run for Friends of Orchard Brae. If anyone else wishes to raise money through the Fun Run or any other sponsored activity in future, sponsor forms can be obtained via the Friends of Orchard Brae by contacting school, or a sponsorship page can be set up at: https://wonderful.org/charity/friendsoforchardbrae
Lisa Thomson (Chairperson of the Friends) is the normal point of contact for any fundraising. Clare Russell can also be contacted regarding the Fun Run.
Full information regarding the Fun Run can be found here: https://scottishrunningguide.com/race/fun-run-for-friends-of-orchard-brae
or check out the Friends of Orchard Brae Facebook page.
Please remember, all participants must be over 12 years of age to enter, and must be accompanied by an adult at all times if under 16. Donations are optional – the event is free to run for everyone!
If we have wheelchair users who wish to participate, an adapted course that avoids the rooty / muddy trail section will be available.
Room 8 made ice cream in a bag
Did you know you can make homemade ice cream in a bag in less than 10 minutes with just milk, salt and ice? You don’t even need a freezer!!
You will need:
- A large bag of ice
- A tablespoon sugar and some food colouring – optional
- Ziploc bags
- Box/tea towel
How we have made it:
We were pouring a cup of milk into a Ziploc bag, adding the sugar and some blue food colouring. We were checking if the bag is properly sealed. Next, we were filling a box with ice and adding a good amount of salt. Second, we were putting the milk bag into the ice bag and giving it a good shake. After 5 minutes, we were checking the milk, and, surprise, the milk was a similar consistency of ice cream.
What’s going to be next?
We were thinking to place a mixture of ice and salt in a freezer to investigate whether it freezes or not.
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Can you pick up ice with a piece of string?
Impress people with this trick!
Try picking up a piece of ice with a string. Can you do it without tying any knots?
Room 8 will show you how!
What you need is:
- Ice cube
How we did it?
- We have filled a glass to the top with water (we added some food colouring for more fun).
- We have chosen a piece of colourful string around 20 centimetres long.
- We have placed an ice cube in the water. What have we observed? It has floated. Anything else? Of course. The ice cube has been cold.
- We have laid the string across the ice cube and glass. Nothing has happened.
- We have tried a magic trick: we have covered the ice cube and string with a layer of salt (we have tasted it also). Oh, no! Very salty!!!
- We have left them for 10 seconds – we have counted the seconds.
- Carefully, we have pick up the ends of the string and what do you think? Magic. We managed to lift up the ice cubes! Wow! Well done, Room 8!
Salt lowers the freezing point of water to below 0 degrees Celsius. When we added salt to the ice cube, the salt lowered the melting point of the ice. The salt is in a thin layer, so it melts a thin layer on top of the ice cube. The water cooled down further and re-froze around the string.
Now we understand why Ray, our janitor, uses salt in winter to prevent the road and our playground from getting icy and dangerous.
It is you turn now! You could challenge your friends and parents. See if they can work out how you did it. Good luck!
Thanks to everyone that has sent in items for our Clothing Exchange. Please remember that you’re welcome to pop in and browse any time. It’s a great way to save money and help the planet by passing things on that our children and young people have grown out of.
We’ve got clothing in a wider range of sizes now. All sizes of clothing are welcome as our pupils go from age 3-18.
Room 8 took part in a scavenger hunt at Duthie Park. We were looking for various items, including fish, flowers and the big frog in the pond.
Some pupils were able to read the words and reinforce their numeracy skills by counting what they had to find.
Sadly, the turtles were being shy and we only saw 3.
Room 10 pupils were exploring a farm path near Orchard Brae. We were exploring to see what we could find. Some of the pupils loved splashing in puddles so it was just as well they were wearing wellies!
It was too cold to go out, so we did our outdoor learning indoors!
We looked at pictures of trees of trees silhouetted against a winter sunset, and then tried to recreate this on paper, using natural materials.
We used charcoal to rub over leaves and twigs to create the trees, then used various materials to make clouds. We stuck this down on a dark blue background, which looked very effective!
Room 18 have been helping to dig over the sandpit.
The sandpit needed to be raked and dug over. We also needed to brush sand from the playground. The class used rakes to move sand, and the progress was amazing. Sand was moved from the edge back into the middle, where it was needed.
We are pleased to announce that we now have a Uniform Exchange in the front reception area of Orchard Brae. We have a small stock of clothing at present including footwear, trousers, school sweatshirts and polo shirts. We also have some bodysuits in smaller sizes. Free sanitary products will be available at all times.
You are welcome to come in and browse at any time, taking what you need for your child.
Donations of clothing (footwear, outdoor jackets or trousers, school uniform) are welcome and can be sent in with your child – please pop a note into the diary so that we know they are for the Uniform Exchange. Our pupils are aged 3 – 18, so all sizes are welcome including adult sizes.
Let’s help ourselves by saving money and passing on clothes that our children have outgrown, and help the environment too by re-using good clothing.