Scottish Learning Disability Awards 2020

We were delighted to see one of our families recognised at the Scottish Learning Disability Awards 2020, winning the Family Carer and their Relative category. On their YouTube channel, Shahzad shares informative videos that are appreciated by people around the world, highlighting ways to support people with complex additional needs through caring for his brother.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyU8B2pfVXHR-tBImNFq1WA

Congratulations! https://vimeo.com/481720495

Willow Wreaths – Handmade by Room 18

Room 18 have been learning to work with cut willow branches.

1.       Stripping the branches

The thinnest branches are the easiest to work with so we had to pull them off the bigger branches!

2.       Making wreaths

We used the branches to make circles and then start wrapping other branches around to make Christmas decorations. It was very fiddly and takes a bit of getting used to.

3.       Taking Photos

For our SQA and ASDA units, we are learning to take photos on the ipads. We thought this was a good time to practice our skills, we all took photos of each other working.

4.       TaDa! The finished product

This was a fiddly task and took some concentration. We are very proud of the small wreaths we have made. They will look fab when we decorate our classroom next week!

Music in Room 17

As part of our ASDAN and SQA work, Room 17 have been exploring a variety of musical instruments. We have been deciding which instruments we like best and which ones we aren’t so keen on! We have enjoyed playing the different instruments to some of our favourite songs. We have now chosen our favourite instrument and will be practising it for something special coming up later in the term!

Creativity in Room 13

The students in room 13 decided that they would like to make a pumpkin model of the school bus for the school pumpkin competition.

They were very interested in how this could be done and Harley especially had a lot of good ideas for me while I was carving.

 Unfortunately, we didn’t take a photo of the finished bus with all the students in it.  You just can’t get the staff!

Also Darren, Darja, Ross and Antonio helped to print off pictures of Halloween scenes in the neighbourhood and set up a display at the main door.

Join In The Festive Fun!!!

This festive season, our expressive arts elves – sorry, team 🧑‍🎄 – have been busy supporting classes in creating videos for a Christmas Countdown Calendar. However, for the final video they need your help!

They are looking for as many people as possible to be involved in the ‘Rockin Around The Christmas Tree’ video including all staff, parents and partner agencies.

To get you started, Keith and Emmeline have filmed an example including makaton signing.

To get involved we would like you to film excerpts of yourself signing or dancing along with the song which will then be edited together to create the final window on the Orchard Brae advent calendar.

Here is some filming information on the best way to film your excerpt.

Once you have your final video, please email it to Keith or Emmeline via their gw emails:

keith.bell@ab-ed.org
emmeline.mccracken@ab-ed.org

Room 16 Learning to Care for Plants

As part of our ASDAN work we are learning how to care for a plant. We had fun smelling and tasking a variety of different herbs. There were a few we weren’t a fan of and we made some funny faces when we tasted them! Everyone chose their favourite one to look after for the rest of the term and we will be checking them regularly to keep them growing healthy and strong. 

Inspirational Art in Room 12

Inspired by the work of a young artist called Noah (aka Background Bob) we are going to embark on a collaboration with other artists to create pieces of art.

During lockdown, Noah and his family created some backgrounds which were sent to artists around the world (including our teacher, Gemma).  They painted on top of the background and now the paintings are in an exhibition and a book!

We are going to work with local people and create backgrounds for them to paint on.

We will explore paint and ways of applying it and then contact people to collaborate with.

You can see some of Noah’s collaborations on his Instagram page: www.instagram.com/background_bob

Special Activity Exploration in Room 15

One of the learning aims we are exploring this term is building our resilience to changes in routine – this time of year has plenty of them! – as we use the symbol for “special activity” to reassure our learners that the changes are planned and can be something to look forward to.

We had a celebration of our class achievements at the end of term, with each of our learners choosing photographs to go into a presentation of what they have done.  Everyone took home a certificate and some of our learners were very proud of theirs!  A special mention must also go out to our class member who won the secondary department star of the month for her fabulous signing – well done!

Since returning from the October holidays we have been as busy as ever!

We have worked hard on our ASDANs, exploring team work and group work skills.  We worked in teams to build towers, and created a beautiful Halloween collaborative art project.  We had lots of fun decorating our pumpkin for Halloween as well as Halloween themed bucket time activities.

This week we have had lots of firework related activities – we made cheese straw bonfires in home economics, focused for lots of fireworks activities for bucket time, a cola mentos firework for our ASDAN science (causing a change) and for outdoor education we went out to search for sticks to build our own bonfire before watching fireworks.  As we build our familiarity with seasonal events we also build our resilience to routine variations and our capacity to communicate about them.

We’re looking forward to lots more “special activity” events this term!