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!
We were delighted to be invited to the Aberdeen City Council Children and Young People’s Services Awards today which were held at the Beach Ballroom.
The Makaton Choir, led by Emmeline, our Music Therapist, had been nominated for the Creative Learning Award. There was tough competition with two other schools nominated so we were delighted when Orchard Brae were announced as the winners.
Well done to our senior pupils for representing the school today. It was wonderful to be present at the Ceremony, celebrating learning and achievements from across the City. Congratulations to everyone that was nominated!
On Wednesday 4th September the staff and pupils of Room 16 attended a music composing workshop run by Drake Music and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
We arrived in the hall and took our seats as 2 cellists played a smooth and relaxing melody. A third musician played various instruments and handed them out to pupils to join in. My favourite moment was when he started playing a trombone and one very shy pupil simply grinned and said “Wow!”
The pupils (and staff) had the opportunity to play various percussion and wind instruments. Pupils were given a sense of control as the cellos and trombone would repeat the sounds they had made. You will see lots of big grins in the photos.
At the end of term, we had our annual activities week, which was kindly organised by Emmeline, our Music Therapist. The week had the focus of exploring our right to access different genres of music, and what an exciting week it was!
On Monday, we were joined by Amy Strachan, a soprano singer and the B Naturals choir. Both completely captivated us with their amazing vocal talents and many pupils continued to explore the operatic genre throughout the week in their classes.
On Tuesday morning there was lots of fun as we played and danced along with the Aberdeen Strathspey And Reel Society, listening to a range of traditional Scottish tunes and dancing a few reels too! In the afternoon we were joined by the Confucius Institute who performed some popular Chinese songs as well as one from a Chinese opera as well. Both of these groups allowed us to investigate and have a go at playing their instruments and well all loved the Chinese harp and flute as well as the fiddle and accordion. It was a fantastic day allowing us to explore music from two very distinct and different cultures.
On Wednesday, we were entertained by Duncan and Bill who performed a range of folk music for us. The hall was full to the brim and everyone had a brilliant time listening to Duncan and Bill’s wide variety of music.
On Thursday, we had hoped to have a picnic in the park but unfortunately the Scottish weather had other ideas! Instead we had an improvised fourth of July picnic in the hall with musical accompaniments from the Fyvie Folk Club. The Folk Club played a wide variety of music and their leader Bernie had even written us a specific song and poem in the spot!
On Friday we rounded off our musical activities week with a Makaton sing-a-long in the morning and a disco in the afternoon.
It was a truly magical and musical week which gave all the students (and staff!) the opportunity to experience a wide range of music genres and we all discovered something new and exciting. A huge thank you to all of our special guests and performers and thank you to Emmeline for organising such an amazing experience for us.
Room 4 have been reading ‘The New Friend’ by Alex Scheffler for their book study this term.
In the book, the main characters Pip and Posy make a new friend at the beach and they work together to build a sandcastle.
We enjoyed the book so much that we thought we would have a go at making our own sandcastles! We visited the beach and worked together to build our own sandcastles. We thought we did a good job. What do you think? We even made our own new friend when we went looking in the rock pools!
This Summer there will a series of Arts Clubs being run by Keith Emmeline and Sam.
To book these please go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Orchard Brae Summer school
or click on the image below.
We had a very special performance in school this morning thanks to M & M Theatrical Productions.
They enchanted us with their adaptation of the classic children’s novel ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett and we loved having the opportunity to experience the wonder of a live theatre performance. After the show, some of the students also had the opportunity to meet the cast and explore the set.
Thank you M & M for putting on this wonderful show for us.
The beginning of summer is upon us! As we head into the final stretches of the school year, everyone should take time to reflect on the highs and lows of the year. What worked? What flopped? How can you improve for next year? What from your old job will you bring to your new one? What must you definitely leave behind?
However, when we take time to reflect on our year and take stock of how we’ve grown and changed, we are more able to acknowledge the gifts of this passage and harvest our own learning for the future.
Let’s find out together our best moments.
Everyone enjoyed the Potted Sports organised by our PE Department on Wednesday. Thank you to everyone involved for the hard work that went into this, including our Howes Hoose pupils who supported at the stations. We all had a great time moving around in our class groups, finishing up with a running ‘marathon’ for any Secondary pupils wishing to participate. They were well supported by those opting to spectate.