Learning Through Stories in Room 14

Room 14 have been looking at various stories and songs this month and then doing a variety of activities connected to these stories.

This week we were listening to road safety songs and considering how to cross the road safely.  We followed this up with some science exploring cars moving down ramps.  We also coloured some pictures of our favourite cars.

We have looked at the Story of St George,  using CBeebies to support our understanding.  We explored riding horses and saving people from dragons.

We have also been reading stories relating to summer such as ‘Jaspers Beanstalk’ written by Nick Butterworth, and ‘Little Grey Rabbit’s May Day’ written by Alison Uttley.

A Surprise For Room 8

Follow us, Room 8, into an amazing journey through our world of rights along with Handa, from “Handa’s surprise” by Eileen Browne.

In the story, Handa, a girl from Kenya, took a surprise bowl of fruits on a journey to her friend Akeyo. Different animals pinched the fruits without Handa’s permission. There were many interesting animals and fruits to find out about, making the journey really fun. As Handa’s journey was about to end, a goat bumped into a tangerine tree, and filled up her empty bowl with tangerines. When she arrived at Akeyo’s village, that was a happy surprise for both Handa and Akeyo. Handa was amazed by the loss of the other fruits, and the presence of tangerines. There was a happy ending because Akeyo’s favourite fruit is tangerine and Handa brought them to him.

What made this story so wonderful was the beautiful describing words. It also introduced the theme of friendship and its importance, which is another positive asset to this story. The surprise at the end of the story added a comical twist that brought the happiness.

Altogether, this was a really engaging and entertaining book that was wonderful to listen to and made us smile. Furthermore, the book has given us the opportunity to learn about children’s rights, to explore and taste the fruits from Handa’s basket, and to speak about our uniqueness and importance.

However, our journey is not finished yet, so be ready for other adventures along with Handa and her friend, Akeyo.

Improving the School Grounds with Howes Hoose

In Howes Hoose, our work with Daniel from Aberdeen City Council Parks Department has continued. As part of our SQA Personal Achievement Award we are working on a Community Activity. With support and guidance from Daniel, we are working to develop our school garden and grounds. We’ve been extremely busy and have planted 3600 seeds! We have planted peas, beans, pumpkins, radishes and cornflowers. We look forward to seeing them brighten things up and tasting our wares when they are ready!

 

Raising Money for Comic Relief

Our amazing Makaton Choir, dancers and drummers  had great fun entertaining the whole school with their favourite songs as a fundraiser for Comic Relief.

We are also raising money through our World Book Day Book and DVD trolley and all the money received will be donated to Comic Relief. Total raised so far is £240.

The students and staff in Howes Hoose have also been busy selling red noses around the school. They have raised an amazing £90 and they have donated a further £50 from their soup making enterprise. A huge well done to everyone in Howes Hoose for their total of £140! (Photos to follow!)

 

Duke of Edinburgh Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday we were delighted to see our first ever Duke of Edinburgh Award winners receive their Certificates at the Aberdeen City Award Ceremony. These young adults have now all left school however it was a pleasure to catch up with them and see how the confidence gained by completing their Bronze Award has supported them as they have moved on from school life.

We have another group of 6 S5 and S6 pupils working hard to complete their Bronze Award this year, culminating in their Excursion section at Whiston Lodge. They are all making excellent progress with their Skills and Volunteering Sections and enjoying all the practice sessions that will support them to complete their Excursion.

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Room 2

Room 2 have had a fantastic week discovering about Chinese New Year.  We created Chinese lanterns for our class window by sticking coloured cellophane.  Some of us loved looking at the colours when we shone torches through them and others made a fantastic crinkly noise.

We had a big sensory session where we tried out different outfits and hats and explored various Chinese artefacts.  The biggest hit had to be the Chinese foods such as prawn crackers, noodles, lychees and sweet chilli sauce which some of us loved to taste and eat while others explored with their hands and feet!

We had a special treat on Thursday as one of the ladies in class brought us in a special ornament to look at which will bring us good fortune and some fortune cookies to open which was great fun!