Thanks to all parents, carers and partners for supporting the Orchard Brae Futures Event last week. It was great to be back in person for this annual event and there was a lovely buzz in the hall as you took the opportunity to network and chat informally to the providers in attendance. The presentation from the event is below. Feel free to get in touch if you wish to discuss anything further.
In room 18 we have participating in lots of varied activities outside and inside the school.
We have been going on nature walks in the vicinity of the school and encountered a couple of young deer grazing in a field.
We have also been experimenting with light shows in different classes. The students especially liked participating and interacting with the “Magic Carpet”.
Howes Hoose pupils have been having great fun using the website Google Earth. We have been learning about our homes as part of our ASDAN work so thought we’d share with each other what our homes look like. We used street view to navigate up and down our streets. Lots of us were very excited when we saw our homes. One pupil wanted to find the horses in the field nearby to his home so started taking us on adventure up the street! The next day we were shown two pictures of different homes and identified which was ours – we all did really well in this task!
Room 15 have had a great (and busy) start to the term. We’ve been playing lots of games with the parachute and had blown lots of bubbles! We’ve been creative and arty by painting on a huge piece of paper. We’ve done some experiments with some colourful results (lots of food colouring involved!). We’ve had a lot of fun and laughter as we’ve built new relationships within the class.
This week, we have been having lots of fun and getting a bit messy! We took off our socks and shoes and covered our hands and feet in paint before taking a walk around the classroom! The paint felt really cold and slippery between our toes and fingers! It was all worth it though as the end result looks awesome and shows us all taking steps together in our learning!`
We are looking at “Heavy and Light” in Numeracy through “Floating and Sinking”.
We took some classroom objects, predicted whether they would float or sink and plonked them into our basin of water. We then glued the results on to our worksheet.
Room 17 have been practicing their archery skills. Some of us were better at it than others but we all tried really hard and had lots of fun. We thought it was great fun to knock down the castle with our arrows. We also enjoyed target practice with lights – when we hit the target there were some sensory lights came on in our classroom.
As the term progresses all pupils have had a chance to try out different work experience tasks in school. They are becoming more comfortable with their roles and responsibilities and are clearly concentrating on their tasks.
We’re only 2 weeks into the term and we are concentrating on establishing relationships and getting reacquainted with school life. It can be quite busy in school so we have made sure to make time for relaxation too. A particular hit for pupils and staff has been sensory massage songs. These can be found on youtube, if you have 5 minutes and want to relax. We Don’t Talk About Bruno, Sensory Massage Song
Our next focus will be to establish work experience roles for all pupils in class. We’re starting with trying out different roles before appointing them. The positions will include but are not limited to:
- Organising weekly CFINE food bank bags
- Looking after the house plants in class and offices
- Food waste recycling
- Representing the class at assembly
- Collecting and delivering messages
We have had a wonderful activities week as we prepare for the summer holidays!
On Tuesday we enjoyed an Orchard Brae ‘Proms In The Park’. Unfortunately, the weather meant that we couldn’t enjoy a picnic outside but as you can see from the video below, everyone had a great time listening to the live music provided by the Fyvie Folk Club.
On Thursday, we all took part in our Animal Themed Sports Day. Use the QR code or link below to view a Thinglink showing all the fun!
And finally we would like to wish you all a very happy and relaxed summer holiday. Have lots of fun and we can’t wait to hear what you’ve been up to what you’ve been up to when we return in August!
We have reached the time of year again where we say goodbye to our S6 leavers.
We are very proud of all of them and will miss them immensly. Keith and Emmeline worked with them all to make a video for their leaver’s ceremony. We hope you enjoy it.
Everyone at Orchard Brae wishes our leavers all the very best in their future endeavours. We will miss you!