Our return to school after the Easter break has been pretty hectic. There has been lots of giggles as we all enjoyed being back in a bigger group. The pupils all worked hard with Google Classroom and Google meets last term. I am so impressed at the communication skills and confidence the pupils developed during virtual lessons. We still enjoy conference calls with peers at home as well as live music lessons online. Here are a few photos from our first week back in school, playing “Headbandz” and mindfulness.
This term we have been working on an ASDAN module on the Wider World. So far we have explored Scottish culture through the Whole School Burn’s Day activities.
Then we researched famous people from different countries and more recently explored some musical instruments from around the world. As well as watching video clips of the instruments being played, we learned about how some of them are made and some traditional dances to the music. Over 5 weeks the pupils explored different instruments and made their own instruments from recycled materials.
Then in the final week we explored the phenomenon that is the One-man-band!
We aren’t finished the module yet, but wanted to share our hard work and awesome photos so far. It’s been a fun topic to explore via Google classroom, with loads of positive feedback and giggly photos being shared. Well done Room 19!
Here are some links to one-man-band video clips for you to enjoy:
We have big news this week! Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will have a LIVE PE lesson. To join us all you need to do is to check the ‘PE at Home’ class on Wednesday at 2 pm and there will be a link for the ‘Meet’.
You will need: comfy clothes and a willingness to have fun!
Amanda and Salvi look forward to seeing you!
The PE at home classroom on Google is updated weekly and the team are doing a great job in providing a range of activities to suit pupils of all abilities. These include Dance, Boccia, Orienteering, Scavenger Hunts (this week’s is a lovely sensory, texture hunt) and our regular PE with Salvi and Amanda, ably supported by our own Young Leaders in school.
Please ask your child’s class teacher for a link if you are not in the PE at Home classroom.
Burns Celebrations to start the week
We’ve had another busy week of remote learning. Starting on Monday with our whole school Burns Day Celebration, the week was started with great enthusiasm!
Daily Circle Time
To keep our routine going, many classes continue to do daily circle time. Some of our learners have their own circle time packs at home to support the familiar routine, others use the class slides to provide structure. It’s great to receive feedback on how our learners are getting on: ‘He thoroughly enjoys circle time.’
For one young man, circle time is also an opportunity to practise his bench sitting.
Personal Independence and Life Skills
We continue to develop independence in personal care. Staff take time to support us in doing things for ourselves. Handwashing is very important during a pandemic!
We’ve been cooking and baking. There was some delicious French Onion Soup on offer this week and beautiful golden shortbread. Look out Masterchef, here we come!
We enjoyed art, PE, drumming and music through Makaton Choir. A very detailed drawing was done to decorate a drum for a music session with Keith – the drawing is of a hunter being chased by an African lady that is protecting the animals!
We also took time to relax, both indoors and out.
We worked hard on a range of learning activities and tasks, some online and some more practical.
One of our senior pupils made an amazing cat house as part of her SQA work. I think you’ll agree, this is for one very lucky cat!
Finally, to round off the week we had an Assembly. We talked about mental health and the theme ‘Express Yourself’. Staff shared the ways that they express themselves and show that they’re unique. The slides are available to view in the Google Assembly classroom for anyone that was unable to join us. Our challenge for the next assembly on 12th February is to share a photo of us doing something that we enjoy – anything goes!
It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for both staff and pupils in our Secondary Department. With a new round of remote learning we’ve slipped back into things a little easier. We’ve got lots of activities on offer within our Google Classrooms and we’re seeing more pupils engaging with this. Circle time and stories are proving popular and it’s great to see our young people getting involved in helping around the home.
Although we have some sessions ‘live’, such as Makaton Choir (every Monday at 2 pm) and Assembly (1:30 pm on Friday 29th January), other activities are in the form of pre-recorded video or materials that can be accessed at a time of your convenience. We do appreciate that family life is busy, everyone juggling remote learner(s) with other commitments, so we invite you dip in and out when it suits your schedule.
Here are a few photos from our remote learning over the last couple of weeks. If you’d like your child to be featured, please let the class teacher know that you’re happy for your photographs to be shared.
We’re learning in everything we do. Please ask your class teachers if you need any further support.
Tomorrow (14th January) we will be having our first Secondary Assembly of the New Year. Our assemblies have been virtual since our return after the initial lockdown due to having to restrict the numbers for gatherings and our young people have responded well to this.
Tomorrow we would like to invite both our remote learners and those staff and pupils in school to join us. If you have not yet signed up, please do so by accepting the invitation sent via Google Classroom. If you are having any issue, please contact the Class Teacher for further support.
The link will go ‘live’ in Assembly Classroom a few minutes before we start. I hope you can come along!
Orchard Brae Advent Calendar: Days 5 and 6
We are delighted to share the next instalment of the Orchard Brae Advent Calendar with you.
For Day 5, the Ashgrove AM Nursery are sharing ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ from their Nativity.
For Day 6, Room 19 are performing ‘I Am Giant’ in Makaton. This also features music composed by one of the pupils during Music Therapy sessions and by the magical wonders of technology, he has been able to join in with his class performance from home!
Room 19 were delighted to find themselves, along with some of our primary pupils, featured on the official Makaton countdown to Christmas. Check it out here:
Great signing from you all!
This week in room 19 we have been learning about St Andrew and some Scottish traditions. We’ve talked about some Scottish words, Nessie and tartans. Then we watched some videos of living statues pranking people.
Here are the links to the living statue videos we watched:
Some pupils dressed up as living statues and played pranks on the class team. Boo! Do try this at home! Cameras at the ready!
For our SQA National 1 in Food Hygiene we chose to make Christmas mincemeat. We had to wear appropriate clothing (gloves, aprons and hairnets), keep our work areas clean and clean any equipment we used. We are looking forward to using the mincemeat in a few weeks – yum!