PE is always such a big hit for the children in room 4!
Physical Education offers so much to our children:
Social skills, turn taking and collaborative team work are just some of the benefits of a balanced physical education program.
Four members of Howes Hoose represented the school at the National Junior Championships for swimmers with a learning disability. These championships took place at the Tollcross Aquatics Centre in Glasgow. We had competitors in different races, including 25 metre backstroke, 50 metre breaststroke, and 25 metre breaststroke. We were also delighted to bump into our old PE teacher, there with pupils from his new school. Well done to everyone that competed!
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!
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 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.
This term the pupils in Room 9 have been learning to play Boccia and Curling. Recently, Curling has been very popular and was the 1st choice of our pupils today. We have discovered that the Room 9 pupils and staff are very competitive!
We are learning about how to move our bodies indoors, outside and in the hydrotherapy pool. We are developing our abilities to climb, jump, spin, roll and pedal. We enjoy exploring the natural environment and the toys in the garden.
Last week some of our Secondary pupils attended a Football Tournament at Garioch Sports Centre. Once again we enjoyed the opportunity to socialise with young people from other schools and to compete against them in friendly competitions.
The children in Room 11 have been participating in a range of fun activities and learning how to keep healthy. They have been having fun at swimming, cooking and taking part in PE lessons. Some of them have been showing how competitive they are when playing curling.
All of them have been showing their responses to different smells and some of them have been very clear of what they like (mint, onion).
They have been having great fun exploring how their bodies work and what they can do when they really want and try.