Today we were lucky to have had a very special visitor, Artie from Artie’s Tartan Tales.
We all sat patiently waiting for the show to start and Artie said hello to us before the show.
We were thoroughly entertained throughout the whole show! Artie performed a variety of Christmas songs as well as some old favourites from the Singing Kettle. He had staff and pupils bopping around, singing along and copying the actions!
He spent time meeting some of his biggest fans after the show (yes, Claire from Room 2, we mean you!) and even allowed us to explore his magical Singing Kettle!
A fantastic time was had by everyone and we hope to see him again at Orchard Brae in the future.
However, if you can’t wait that long, Artie will be performing a special Burn’s show at The Aberdeen Arts Centre on January 25th 2020. Tickets can be booked using the link below:
Following on from our successful launch of the Makaton Taster Session for Santa’s, Aberdeen City Health And Social Care Partnership, released this wonderful video.
It contains interviews with our music therapist, Emmeline as well as our colleagues in Speech Therapy and of course, footage of our amazing Makaton Minis and Makaton Choir.
Unfortunately there will be no Tuesday Night Music Group at Orchard Brae Tonight.
Apologies for the inconvenience and we look forward to seeing you all next week.
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!
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.
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.
Arriving 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.
Our Makaton Choir delegation with the Lord Provost
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!
The obligatory Awards Selfie
Our Certificate and Award
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.
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.