The pupils of Howes Hoose have been sprucing up their outdoor environment since returning to school. One of our first tasks was to wash and paint our garden furniture. Running out of paint called for a trip to the shops which gave us the chance to practise our life skills out and about in the community. We also helped tidy up the school sensory garden to make it a welcoming place for our peers as well as some litter picks along the farm track to care for our local area.
Howes Hoose Fundraising Champions
Over the past month the pupils in Howes Hoose have been taking part in a fundraising project to raise money for those in need as a result of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. Pupils were shown a variety of causes and videos to explain each then voted which one they wanted to raise money for. The majority chose the earthquake.
We did an Easter themed ‘guess how many in the jar’ fundraiser where we filled a huge jar with tasty chocolate treats and went round classes asking to make a guess at the total and collect donations. The last few pounds are coming in but we have raised roughly £60 which we are very proud of! Incredibly one member of staff guessed the exact number of eggs in the jar so that very fortunate person is all sorted for Easter!
As part of our ASDAN work we have been raising money for a charity of our choice. Pupils were shown 3 videos of different charities then used symbols to select which one they would like to fundraise for. The majority of the class chose the Earthquakes in Syria and Turkey. We have seen this a lot on Newsound so it is a familiar story to our pupils.
We are going to be doing an Easter themed ‘Guess How Many In The Jar’ so we have been counting out lots of tasty Easter treats into a big jar. Some pupils took turns dropping the eggs in and others preferred to listen to the sound of them as they dropped in. One of our pupils was really keen to help us count out loud and impressed us with how far he could keep counting as we don’t usually talk about numbers that big in class! We are looking forward to visiting classes to collect guesses and donations over the coming weeks.
Howes Hoose have been working on their New Horizons Personal module. We have been talking about personal skills we are good at and ones that we want to work on. After selecting a personal challenge from a variety of symbols we got to work. Challenges included – learning to use the washing machine, deciding what is for snack each day, hoovering and keeping desks clean. We are going to be reviewing our challenge this week and deciding if we found it easy or difficult!
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!
Howes Hoose are settling fantastically in their new ‘classroom’. We have been having great fun doing Boccia in the living room. Boccia from sofa’s has proved to be a winner! We are focusing at the moment on colour matching using the bean bags with nets, blocks, hoops and the parachute. We are all very impressed with the aim of our pupils and the proof is in the pictures!
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!
Last week, pupils from Room 17, 18 and Howes Hoose embarked on our first trip to the Bendrigg Centre since 2019!
Pupils took part in a range of activities- Sensory Swing, Zip Line, Climbing, Canoeing, Caving, Archery and Biking. Thankfully there was a huge amount of food available to keep us well fed!
As you can see from the photos, all of our pupils worked incredibly hard and pushed themselves to try new things. We heard the words ‘I did it!’ and ‘keep going’ over and over again and the smiles on faces show exactly what it meant.
A huge thank you goes to the Bendrigg Trust for looking after us for the week and also to the Friends of Orchard Brae for supporting us with funding for the trip. We had a wonderful time and are already looking forward to next year!
The pupils in Howes Hoose have been very busy on work placements. They now have the opportunity to work at Airyhall Community Centre and Somebody Cares. Work placements are very important for the pupils to meet and work with new people, increase their confidence and independence. Everyone on work placement is working hard and they are very polite to people they meet. Well done to all the Howes Hoose pupils for representing Orchard Brae in the wider Community in such a positive way.
Every week, Howes Hoose put together our school Newspaper. They interview members of staff, make a list of birthdays, gather the news and choose jokes for the week! What a busy lot. Once everything has been gathered, Neha edits the newspaper together ready to be handed in.
We think they do a cracking job, read this week’s below.