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Room 14 have been learning about the Archie Foundation in the last couple of weeks. They decided they want to make and sell chocolate fudge to the staff to help the charity. Recently we went round all the classes doing a taste test survey to see if there would be interest in our product. It was a success – everyone said yes! We are looking forward to raising lots of money for a good cause!
The Young Leaders of Learning programme has been developed by Education Scotland with the aim of enabling and empowering pupils to have an increasing say in their education and school. As a school, we have been in the fortunate position of working alongside Maxine Jolly, Senior Education Officer for Education Scotland, in adapting the programme for use in ASN schools.
Yesterday, a group of secondary pupils participated in a training day at the Beacon Centre alongside colleagues and pupils from Bucksburn Academy ASN Wing.
The students worked together in identifying the key skills required to be an effective young Leader and had great fun designing their Leaders.
The students also spent time identifying and comparing key areas of the two schools and sharing their likes and dislikes.
We’re absolutely thrilled to be the first group of pupils and staff trained from specialist settings and we look forward to participating in the programme with Bucksburn Academy ASN Wing over the rest of this term.
In Room 14 we have been working really hard this term and enjoying a range of learning opportunities.
In HE we practise literacy through following recipes, practise our number skills in a practical context, and learn about healthy eating. We enjoy cooking and taking home what we have made to share with our families. Our HE instructor is very good at adapting things to ensure that everyone can be involved.
Literacy and Communication
We have regular opportunities to practise our communication skills and often move around the school to interact with other people and practise our skills outside the classroom. We also enjoy books and are encouraged to read for pleasure.
We have been investigating the properties of materials. We enjoyed mixing cornflour and water. If you’ve never tried it, you should – it’s great fun and a very interesting learning experience!
Some of us have been practising our money skills. We have enjoyed setting up a play shop in class.
We’ve also been doing jobs around the school and practising life skills, such as recycling and looking after our homes.
We’ve continued to enjoy our PE sessions. We all like being active!
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.
Room 14 have been getting into the festive spirit and been making some beautiful Christmas decorations. We have been making little reindeer faces using pieces of wood we have been drying out. The pupils did some planning before the decorating to choose how to personalise their reindeer. Everyone decided to go for a red nose! We also decorated some cute mini Christmas trees to take home!
We would like to thank everyone that attended the Secondary Futures Event this week. It was a successful evening with a wide range of partners attending – some who support pupils through work experience at Senior Phase, and others who support our young people on leaving school. The evening was relaxed with plenty of time to chat and find out about services following a talk from Elaine Thomson, Head of Secondary, on the senior curriculum.
Room 14 have been doing some fun Science experiments in class recently. We have been learning about how we can mix two things to make something new! We took turns to mix baking soda with vinegar to inflate a rubber glove. Everyone enjoyed giving high fives to each other hands! Nobody liked the smell of the vinegar but it was worth it for the fun!