One of our Senior pupils from Howes Hoose has been very busy this morning.
He participated in a basketball coaching clinic at Oldmachar Academy run by Active Schools. This clinic was open to teachers, senior pupils, coaches and volunteers and designed to give them an overview of how to structure basketball sessions along with offering a range of activity ideas, drills and practices.
We can’t wait for him to put these new skills he has learned into practice in school!
Room 2 had great fun exploring the sounds that fireworks make by using instruments and popping and stamping on bubble-wrap!
Then we created our own fireworks pictures to show the different colours and patterns that fireworks make. We used a few different methods to make our beautiful pictures. Our favourite was definitely using the ‘fly swatter’s to stamp the paint onto the paper. We finished off our pictures by sprinkling some glitter on top.
The pupils in Room 9 have been developing their observation skills during art by creating artwork based on real life objects in front of them. They are all very proud of their completed artwork so if you have a chance, ask them about how they were made and share your opinions with them!
Outdoor Learning space
Last term we asked the council to come and cut down the weeds, to make an area where we can set up outdoor learning. They then delivered a large load of bark, which the pupils helped to take down to the newly cleared area. This area will now be developed over winter, to have bug hotels and hedgehog houses.
Making animals with natural materials
We used beech nuts and twigs to make scary spiders for Halloween. We used string to make the web, and then added our spiders.
In October we made eco bird feeders, by coating pine cones in bird seed. It was a sticky job and took a lot of concentration. The next day we hung some in the school playground and took the rest to hang up at the duck pond. We then gave the leftover bird seed to the ducks.
Set your timers and get ready to watch (and record) tonight’s Reporting Scotland where you will see our fabulous Makaton Choir help our colleagues in Speech and Language Therapy launch a new Makaton training course for Santa and his helpers!
Visit To The Duthie Park
As part of our moving world topic this term, we have been exploring different ways in which our bodies can move and make other things move. We had great fun at Duthie Park moving and playing with the equipment. We used lots of different forces such as pushing, pulling and twisting to move ourselves and things around us.
You can see in the picture that we were really excited when we stood very still and the frog moved out of the water to say hello!
We have also been learning about how to travel in and out with school safely both on our feet and on school transport. You can see that we really enjoy sitting on the bus with our seat belts fastened and ready to go!
Movement through Art
We have been further exploring cause and effect of forces and movement in art where we have been moving different materials to make pieces of art. We had great fun moving toy vehicles through paint to create some interesting track patterns.
Our senior pupils had a fantastic day at the swimming gala! We are very proud of them all for working hard to achieve the times required to represent Orchard Brae at the gala, and for swimming their best during their events.
They returned to school with a number of achievements. For some, it was their first gala and they swam brilliantly, doing their very best for the occasion. Another pupil, also at their first gala, attempted to compete but found the water was too cold … maybe next year.
Those fortunate enough to win medals came away with quite a haul between them:
Bronze Medal for 25 m Backstroke for a pupil competing in their first gala;
Gold Medal 25 m Backstroke for one of our more accomplished swimmers;
Gold Medal 25 m Front Crawl for a youngster at their first gala;
3 Gold Medals for 25 m Front Crawl, Backstroke and Breaststroke, again for a more experienced competitor;
and finally, 3 Gold Medals for 50 m Front Crawl, Backstroke and Breaststroke for an advanced swimmer.
Congratulations to each and every one of our swimmers for going to the gala and competing at a high level! You were all stars!
The children in Room 3 have been doing incredible work on their movement skills since returning to school! The children use their equipment daily as part of class routines and work so hard to stand up tall in their standing frames or take steps in their walkers. Twice a week we do focussed movement sessions where we use a range of floor based positions as well as equipment. On a Tuesday we focus on trying out activities in a range of positions, sometimes these are new or challenging but the children are so motivated. On a Friday we have a music and movement session which is linked to our story. We have been exploring all the animals’ movements from ‘The Animal Boogie’ while moving our bodies to different pop and Disney songs in a range of positions. The children work together in pairs or small groups throughout the week in their equipment and are further developing their awareness of each other…sometimes there’s a real sense of competition while we throw/kick balls or try to press the computer first but likewise sometimes it is nice just to lie together during a relaxation time or even help encourage a friend by holding up a favourite toy for them. Being active is great – amazing work Room 3!