In Room 16 we have been working on our John Muir Award all year. This focuses on Outdoor Education.
In order to achieve our Bronze Award, we have to do 4 days work in our chosen outdoor space. We chose our playground, as we felt it was a bit bare and it was readily accessible to us.
Our plan was to blur the boundaries between the indoor and outdoor spaces. Here’s what we’ve done so far:
- Learned about the Scotsman John Muir and his work protecting natural spaces in North America.
- Explored our playground in different seasons and from different perspectives.
- Planted lots of bulbs, seeds and seedlings in science lessons.
- Experimented with flowers in science lessons
- Used natural and recycled materials in craft projects.
- Been for lots of walks in the local community, to the shops, duck pond, parks and outdoor fitness area.
- Fed the birds (ducks, robins and sparrows) at the local duck pond.
- Decorated milk bottle plant pots for house plants in our classroom, which the pupils look after.
- Made a sound sculpture with pots and pans in the playground, for pupils to play with.
- Hung up a large thermometer in the playground for everyone to use.
But we are not quite finished yet. We are in the process of making some more interactive and noisy sculptures for the playground.
We would like everyone to be able to enjoy using the outdoor spaces in school more, so here’s hoping for some dry weather!
On Tuesday we were delighted to see our first ever Duke of Edinburgh Award winners receive their Certificates at the Aberdeen City Award Ceremony. These young adults have now all left school however it was a pleasure to catch up with them and see how the confidence gained by completing their Bronze Award has supported them as they have moved on from school life.
We have another group of 6 S5 and S6 pupils working hard to complete their Bronze Award this year, culminating in their Excursion section at Whiston Lodge. They are all making excellent progress with their Skills and Volunteering Sections and enjoying all the practice sessions that will support them to complete their Excursion.
Some of the pupils in room 17 and 18 have been working on a variety of HE units. They have been focusing on cleaning skills and food preparation tasks. We are planning to post some of the recipes that are being used in HE so that they can be used at home.
Howes Hoose have been working on increasing their independence in the kitchen, working on food preparation skills and using electrical equipment safely. They have been using these skills to run their soup making business, with the profits going towards the residential and Duke of Edinburgh trips that they will be attending in the Summer term.
Room 14 have been developing their food hygiene and preparation skills with the pupils in S4 working towards National 1 SQA units.
The group were working with Toby , our Duke of Edinburgh support person, learning to put up a tent. Thankfully it was not pouring with rain or blowing a gale so we did very well. Everyone agreed it was very cosy inside!
Room 18 have had a very busy term developing many of their life-skills including ironing, dish washing, making sandwiches and having fun with their friends along the way.