Music With Emmeline – Wednesday 1st July

Here are today’s musical activities from Emmeline.

Soundscape: A Monkey Swinging Through The Trees

Today’s soundscape is going to be imagining you are a monkey swinging through the trees. We have provided this picture of a monkey swinging through the jungle as a visual stimulus but perhaps you would like to close your eyes and imagine you are a monkey up in the trees. Do you have anything at home that reminds you of the jungle or monkeys?

Please relax, listen to the music, look at the picture, maybe you are a cheeky monkey up in the trees with the wind blowing past you as you swing around!

Someone You Loved: Part 2 – Verse 1

Today we will be learning the second Verse of Someone You Loved. Here are the words.

I’m going under and this time I fear there’s no one to turn to
This all or nothing way of loving got me sleeping without you
Now, I need somebody to know
Somebody to heal
Somebody to have
Just to know how it feels
It’s easy to say but it’s never the same
I guess I kinda liked the way you helped me escape.

Autism Outreach Service – Autism friendly classroom guides!

 

The following two booklets, a primary version and a secondary version, have been written by David Burns author of ‘Do lemons have feathers?’. They are short guides aimed at supporting teachers in setting up an autism friendly classroom. The ideas and strategies that David has chosen to share will be to the benefit of all children in the class not just those on the autism spectrum.

“We don’t have to learn a whole set of separate ideas to apply to certain pupils – they’ll benefit everyone. How good is that?”

 

Bedtime Story – Tuesday 30th June

Welcome to tonight’s bedtime story.  Every week night we will bring you a bedtime story for you to watch and listen to.  The stories are read by staff and pupils and we hope you enjoy seeing some familiar faces and hearing some familiar voices.

If you would like to join in and record a new bedtime story to share, please contact Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary) adunnett@aberdeencity.gov.uk for more information.

So get comfy and cuddle up because it’s time for a new Bedtime Story. Tonight’s story is a very special one, created and told by one of our senior pupils using his eye gaze machine.

2020 Virtual Prom

Here’s your ticket to the biggest dance party to finish off the term and wave goodbye to our leavers!

The ‘2020 Virtual Prom’ hosted by Sam Stephen.

This invitation is extended to all pupils and our Orchard Brae family and community.   Please join us at 6.00pm THIS THURSDAY July 2nd 2020.

You will need to click the link below to receive your VIP Zoom Code & Password.

Sam will be joined by some very special guests and even some famous faces!!

Keep an eye on the Facebook page to get updates before the big day!!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeFlDTU2cpUAfqhhiRmbSV9VO5buW4rwRsx6Z8_ZQHM0o_K9g/viewform?usp=pp_url

Music With Emmeline – Tuesday 30th June

Here are today’s musical activities from Emmeline.

Favourite Song: Sleeping Bunnies

Today’s song is Sleeping bunnies. This is such a popular song with many of the pupils we work with. If you are able to you could pretend to be asleep and wait in anticipation of when the music will change and jump awake to be a hopping bunny! You could also make music along with the song, gentle calming music with any instruments you have for when the bunny is sleeping and then much more excitable music when the bunnies are awake!

Someone You Loved: Part 2 – Verse 1

Today we will be singing and signing the first verse of Someone You Loved. The words are;

I’m going under and this time I fear there’s no one to save me
This all or nothing really got a way of driving me crazy
I need somebody to heal
Somebody to know
Somebody to have
Somebody to hold
It’s easy to say
But it’s never the same
I guess I kinda liked the way you numbed all the pain.
to being someone you loved.

Bedtime Story – Monday 29th June

Welcome to tonight’s bedtime story.  Every week night we will bring you a bedtime story for you to watch and listen to.  The stories are read by staff and pupils and we hope you enjoy seeing some familiar faces and hearing some familiar voices.

If you would like to join in and record a new bedtime story to share, please contact Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary) adunnett@aberdeencity.gov.uk for more information.

So get comfy and cuddle up because it’s time for a new Bedtime Story. Tonight’s story is…

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt (written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury)

We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one.. Will you come too?

You can also join in with a sing-a-long version here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_ShP3fiEhU

Secondary Update: Wk Beg 29th June 2020

Welcome to the final week of term! We enjoyed the sunshine last week, perfect for our Virtual Sports Day activities, and there was lots of fun had by everyone that participated. We also had a range of activities ongoing through our Google Classrooms with remote learning taking place across the classes. If you’ve not yet engaged with Google Classroom but would like more information please contact the Class Teacher. Here are some of the fun activities from the last week.

 

Literacy

One of our classes read the story of the Rainbow Fish and produced some art work in response to the story.

 

Some other pupils have been reading the Picture News each week and completing a range of literacy activities connected with it. This week, the focus was on Zoos. One of our young people designed her own zoo. She also did some research into Sea Turtles and learned lots of interesting facts.

As we move into the summer holidays it would be good to see reading continue. Did you see the post on Friday about the Reading Challenge from Aberdeen City Libraries? It would be great to get involved with, either individually or as a family. Have a look for more information:

Aberdeen Reads: Join the Summer Reading Challenge

 

Science

It was hot last week and we had some appropriately timed Science activities in one of our classes. We painted with ice cubes!

 

Life Skills

We continued our Home Economics. One class made a Caterpillar Salad to practise using a knife for cutting.

Homemade ice lollies were also on the menu, perfect for the sunny days that we had!

If you’d like to try making your own lollies, have a go by following one of these recipes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cnKNWjgH06Q8oRPPCOjZZIeXNxeNp_Vx/view?usp=sharing

We also continued our Life Skills around the home. It’s great to see so many young people becoming so independent!

 

Transitions

Looking ahead, we’ve been putting plans in place for transition of pupils to their new classes, staff sharing information with one another in virtual meetings where pupils are moving on. It may be that there are things about your child that have changed during the time at home. We’d be really grateful if you would share this with us – information such as any changes in likes or dislikes, motivators, sensory needs, communication or diet. These will be passed on to the new teachers.

Expressive Arts – Week Beginning 29th June

We have some more activities from our Expressive Arts team for you to enjoy at home throughout the week.

There is an art activity from Diane for you to copy and drumming from Keith.  There is also information about Sam’s online dance classes and don’t forget that Emmeline’s musical activities will be posted daily.

And finally, get ready to join Keith and Emmeline, along with a very special guest, in a pirate adventure on the high-seas in this week’s Trash Band!

If you would like to share how you have got on with our activities, please send any photos via your child’s teacher, the Orchard Brae School Facebook Messenger page or email Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary) adunnett@aberdeencity.gov.uk.  Downloading videos from the Orchard Brae School Facebook Messenger page appears to be working again (fingers crossed!) however if you are having any issues, please send them using a free transfer site such as Dropbox or WeTransfer.

Art: Painting With Objects

Art: Rotary Appeal

Bon Accord Rotary Club are hoping to spread some joy by organising for pictures to be sent to care homes and to those living on their own.  The theme for the images is ‘The Seaside’ and they would like you to get involved so get your creative imaginations going and help to brighten up someone’s day.  Full details of how to participate can be found in the picture below.

Drumming: Orchard Brae Favourites

Dance: Online Classes

Sam is holding two online dance classes this week on Wednesday and Friday at 1pm.

Both of these classes will be taking place through his YouTube channel.  You can join in by searching Sam Stephen on YouTube or you can subscribe to his channel by following the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWqBDh0VNpocZvdW29VlfPg/

Trash Band:

In the second installment of their Pirate Adventure on the High Seas, Keith and Emmeline are joined by a very special guest, Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Primary Department Activities – Week Beginning 29th June

Wow!  We’ve made it to the last week of what has been an unusual and difficult term.  We would like to say thank you to all of our pupils for their ongoing engagement with learning from home as well as a massive thank you to the parents who have helped to support this while juggling the other daily demands of home and work life during a global pandemic – you are all amazing!

Your child’s teacher will be using Google Classroom to share activities with you this week but we are aware that some families are waiting on technology and other supports to enable them to access Google Classroom so we will still be posting a selection of activities here too.  If you haven’t logged in yet or having difficulty accessing Google Classroom please contact your child’s teacher who will be able to offer you support and advice.  Here is a short video to show you some of the exciting things happening on Google Classroom.

If you would like to share how you have got on with our activities, please share any photos via your child’s teacher, through Google Classroom, the Orchard Brae School Facebook Messenger page or email Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary) adunnett@aberdeencity.gov.uk.  Downloading videos from the Orchard Brae School Facebook Messenger page appears to be working again (fingers crossed!) however if you are having any issues, please send them using a free transfer site such as Dropbox or WeTransfer.

Aberdeen Reads Challenge:

Once again Aberdeen City Libraries will run a reading challenge during the holidays. Aberdeen Reads is open to everyone to challenge themselves to explore reading this summer and will run from 27 June – 29 August 2020. People can take part as an individual or as a group, so please register and get involved!

Although library buildings are closed Aberdeen City Libraries continues to provide services 24/7 via our digital offer. There is a wide range of ebooks, eaudio books, ecomics,  emagazines and online resources suitable for all ages and abilities. They will also continue to deliver regular Bookbug sessions digitally via YouTube and Facebook.

The Challenge aims to support children to develop language and literacy skills by encouraging all kinds of reading – instructions, recipes, picture books, sharing stories with younger siblings. There are a series of suggested challenges; many of which can be easily carried out as part of a daily routine; on a range of topics to inspire everyone to try different genres and types of reading.

Children and families who register will be entered into a prize draw and there will be another prize draw for those who complete 3 or more challenges/reads.

Reading activity can be recorded on a Challenge card which be printed or downloaded from the Aberdeen City Libraries website to a mobile device. Information on the Challenge and how to register is on our website www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/aberdeenreads

Story Of The Week: We’re Going On A Beat Hunt by Michael Rosen

This week’s book study is a favourite with many of our our pupils – We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen.  In this story, a family go on a fun day out, looking for bears and exploring a variety of wonderful places, but they’re in for a BIG surprise!

Below you can read and listen along to the author Michael Rosen retelling the story:

The book study below has some great activities for you to try at home based on the story.

Be Resilient!

Education Scotland, in conjunction with Aberdeen City Council, produced a Resilience Alphabet full of fun think, say, do activities designed to promote resilience and develop coping strategies.  There are a series of activities for each letter of the alphabet, so pick a letter and give it a go!

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/scotland-learns/health-and-wellbeing-activities/resilience-alphabet/

Learning Grid: Life Skills

Here is a learning grid for Life Skills.  It contains 16 activity ideas for you to help develop and promote your child’s independence in a range of household and life skills tasks.

These activities are only suggestions and we would recommend that, where appropriate, you adapt these activities to meet your child’s ability level.

Learning Grid: Get Active!

Here is a learning grid for Getting Active!  It contains 16 activity ideas for you to help promote physical activity both in and out of the home on a daily basis.

These activity are only suggestions and we would recommend completing one activity each day.  However, we would love to see what other creative ways you and your family are using to Get Active daily!

Links to YouTube Channels and websites can be found below.

Oti Mabuse Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mosetsanagape

Joe Wicks – Body Coach YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Cosmic Kids Yoga: https://www.cosmickids.com/

Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Learning Station YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLearningStation

Bumble Bee Physio: https://www.facebook.com/bumblebeephysio/

Music With Emmeline – Monday 29th June

Here are today’s musical activities from Emmeline.

Vocal Warm-Up: Pop The Gum

For this week’s vocal warm-up we are going to pretend we are chewing a piece of gum to get our mouths moving. First, we are chewing one bit of gum, then two and then three! We are also going to try and blow bubbles with our gum which will then pop!

Someone You Loved: Part 1 – Chorus

This week’s Makaton Song is going to be Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi. This is such a well-known song with lovely signs to accompany it. Today we will be singing and signing the chorus. Here are the words.

Now the day bleeds
Into nightfall
And you’re not here
To get me through it all
I let my guard down
And then you pulled the rug
I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved.