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.
Since we all came back to school after Easter, we have all been given tasks to do on a daily basis.
We are keeping the classroom and our buses clean and also collecting our school lunches from the dinner ladies in the hall and taking them back to eat in class.
What a Team!!!!!
Everyone in the Hoose has been preparing for Summer! Last week we were busy planting bulbs, power-washing the paving and watering the plants. What happened today? Hopefully summer has not been and gone!
Room 13 have been distributing classwork to pupils at home who cannot access the school during the epidemic.
Our pupils delivered work to pupils in Class 8 this week so that they would all have things to do at home.
At the moment Room 13 is delivering learning packs to around 20 students per week as well as delivering food through the Fare Share to households.
As the weather gets cooler, classes have been making a bug hotel in the new sensory garden. We have been exploring different plants and textures to make a place where insects can keep warm over the winter. We have used grasses, thistle down and a variety of plants to create a cosy environment for our tiny guests to stay in over the colder months.
We have also been setting up tasks for pupils to help keep our playground tidy, like raking the sandpit. These jobs are great experience and provide a fantastic opportunity to be involved in real work.
We have also been establishing bird feeders outside class and in the new sensory garden.
Class 13 are all together again after almost 5 months disruption. We are all glad to be back to something like normal.
One of our jobs this year is to collect food from Tesco at Westhill and take it back to school for distribution. We have had some teething problems but hopefully it will be a weekly enterprise for us in Room 13, alongside the students in Howes Hoose.
Here you can see us offloading the food from the school bus so that it can be classified.
It has been a very busy few weeks in Howes Hoose – we have been painting garden benches, gardening and making soup to sell to staff – PHEW!
Two of our pupils have been on regular work experience at Airyhall Community Centre. They support with keeping the centre clean and are doing a very thorough job. Our work experience opportunities promote independence in our pupils. In addition to learning about the skills needed for work, we also engage with other people in our workplace, communicating with other staff and members of the public depending on our work environment.
Room 19 follow a very practical programme to develop life skills and independence. This term we have young people out and about in school and the community on work placements. We are enjoying these opportunities and they are helping us to develop our confidence and social skills.