Fun In Music Therapy

One pupil had a lovely time in music therapy with Emmeline this week.  He enjoyed turn-taking and copying on the piano as well as singing well-known nursery rhymes, especially ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’. There was also lots of fun as he started making up his own songs with a lot of “Achoos!” and “Uh-Ohs!”

Choosing Books: Room 15 Visit Waterstones

Room 15 pupils enjoyed a bus trip to Waterstones in the Bon Accord Centre.  We all had fun choosing a book.  We looked carefully at the different books before deciding which one we wanted.  Some of us chose ‘Ten Little Bookworms’ and some of us chose ‘Minifigure Mayhem’.  We are all looking forward to reading our books at home.

Ragbag Collection

The pupils in Room 16 have been working hard on our Ragbag project for 18 months now.  We are delighted to confirm that we have raised approximately £900 for the school fund (that’s more than 2 tonnes of clothing that have been saved from landfill!).

Rag bag is a Scottish textile and clothing recycling scheme.  Items are graded according to their quality at their premises in Falkirk.  Wearable items are sent to developing countries as 2nd hand clothing, items which may have been torn or damaged recycled and become carpet underlay or industrial cleaning cloths or even mattress lining.  Either way they are kept from landfill.

There are 3 collection schemes, 1: send bags home, 2: inside collection bin (at school front office) and 3: external collection bin.  We are proud to say that we have all 3 schemes in operation.

We collect clothes, pairs of shoes, belts and bags.

So this Spring, as you clear out your winter wardrobe, feel free to fill a bag of rags for us!

Celebrating World Book Day

Yesterday was World Book Day and there was lots of fun as pupils shared their favourite books in class and some classes visited the book shop in town to spend their World Book Day tokens.  We were also fortunate to have received some lovely book donations which will enhance our school library and any books that we no longer use will be donated to Books2Africa to share our love of reading and books around the world.

Storytelling With Ailie

This week we have been extremely lucky to have had Ailie Finlay from Flotsam And Jetsam join us in school.  Ailie is a fantastic multi-sensory storyteller based in Edinburgh and she has been working with five different classes across the school as part of the Aberdeen City Arts Across Learning Festival.

She has thoroughly entertained us over the last three days with her wonderful tales and we all had an amazing time exploring storytelling with her.

Thank you so much Ailie for coming to work with us and we hope to see you again soon.

 

Room 15 explore Our World of Colour

Last term Room 15 explored Our World of Work.  We all made posters of ourselves as workers.  We think one of our class must have had inside information about our next topic.  She chose to be a painter and now we are exploring Our World of Colour! We had a class outing to a DIY store and investigated the many different colours of paint there.  We all looked closely at the colours trying to decide which was our favourite.

Room 15: Fun in the Snow!

Room 15 pupils were excited to see the snow last week.  Some of us lay down and made snow angels.  We enjoyed holding some cold snow in their hands and one of us insisted on taking her snow back in to class with her!  Guess who that might have been! We were all full of smiles and did some great sharing.

 

Room 15 – Miles for Refugees

Room 15 comprises an eclectic group of very determined young learners, each very much with their own personality and their own skills and abilities, likes and dislikes.  Much of the learning in Room 15 is achieved through sensory activities and experiential learning. Group sessions can present a challenge for some of the learners and they work hard on the social skills that will assist them as they progress.

In Room 15 we have been exploring the differences and similarities between our lives and that of others.  We took part in the British Red Cross Miles for Refugees project. We all went round the playground to simulate the miles that refugees travel seeking a safe space. Refugees use different forms of transport. In our class we used pacers, trikes, wheelchairs and our feet.

Halloween fun at Orchard Brae

In October the Pupil Council met and discussed options for a whole school  Halloween Activity.

The options were to have a Halloween disco, design a pumpkin or do both. After a whole school vote pupils chose to do both. A picture graph was used to share the results of the vote.

Caroline judged the pumpkin competition and decided that everyone was a winner as they were all unique and individual.

This was followed by the Halloween disco which was enjoyed by all.