We had a very special visitor to school today. Fern the therapet dog came to Orchard Brae. We got the opportunity to spend some time with Fern. We listened carefully when Fern came to see us and some of us stroked Fern. We were very gentle when we were stroking Fern.
Room 17 have been working hard towards their Personal Hygiene SQA. We have been exploring different personal hygiene activities and what items are required to complete these activities. We enjoyed smelling different shampoos and shower gels. We experimented with how much bubbles and froth we could make from them too – it’s quite a lot!
We also played some games, washed some clothes, and listened to different stories about how to keep ourselves clean and healthy.
Finally, we are happy to say that we are now experts in washing our hands, and brushing our teeth!
Some of the Howes Hoose pupils have started volunteering at Springhill Community Gardens. Their hard work will contribute towards their Personal Achievement Award: Interacting in the Community. This week we learnt how to use the soil churner so to get rid of the big stones in the soil. We also did some work trimming back the broom. The ladies at Springhill were super grateful for the boys’ hard work and look forward to giving us lots more jobs as we head into the Spring months and the garden starts to bloom. The Howes Hoose pupils will be painting some stones in the coming week to bring to Springhill to brighten up the rock garden.
Room 17 had lots of fun making calendars for 2024. We did some very good looking when we were choosing paint. Some of us really enjoyed exploring the paint and feeling it in between our fingers. We washed our hands with soapy water when we were finished. Some of us thought hand washing was the best bit and really enjoyed feeling the warm water on our hands and playing with the bubbles. We are hoping our Mums and Dads really like our calendar showing the different seasons through different colours.
Active Schools & Sport Aberdeen are hosting a Young Carers and Care Experienced event. Although many brothers and sisters of our Orchard Brae youngsters may not consider themselves to be “Young Carers” we recognise the support that they give in everyday life and would encourage them to attend this fun event. Please register in advance.
All pupils in Howes Hoose attend at least one work experience placement each week. It is a great chance to be out in the community, meeting new people and practising a variety of life skills. We currently attend 3 different placements. Somebody Cares at Hazelhead is a local charity shop where pupils help to organise and tidy the donations. Our Airyhall Community Centre placement gives pupils a chance to practise cleaning and hoovering and Honeycomb Community Cafe at Sheddocksley Church provides the opportunity to practise using a dishwasher and interacting with new people. It is always a really positive experience and pupils look forward to getting out and about into their community.
In RME we have been learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We listened to the story of Rama and Sita, sang some Diwali songs and learned about rangoli patterns and diya lamps. Some classes dyed rice to make rangoli patterns, others made Happy Diwali cards and others made diya lanterns. Happy Diwali to all!!
Room 12 have been making dog biscuits to sell at the Christmas Fayre. We had great fun mashing up the banana! We added oats (which are also great to play with) and a dollop of peanut butter, then rolled out the mixture. We then popped our trays of biscuits into the oven to cook.
Once they are done, we will stamp out labels and put them into Christmas bags ready to sell. Please come and visit our stall to buy!
In Room 17, we have been thinking about our personal health as part of our SQAs. We have been participating in different activities, such as relaxation, yoga, body awareness, and using our different pieces of equipment. We have been enjoying trying and participating in the different activities, which help us to feel better about ourselves.
We have been celebrating Guy Fawkes night, Remembrance Day and Autumn by creating lots of different art in Room 18. We used cardboard tubes as stampers for fireworks, rulers and corks to make poppies and dried leaves to make Autumn trees. We can’t wait for Christmas art to start!!