News from Ashgrove Nursery’s Morning Group

The morning children at Ashgrove Nursery participated in several Christmas activities over the festive period. Such as a trip to BA stores where they got to meet Santa and have a ride on the Christmas train. Some of the children particularly showed interest in decorating the tree within the play room.

All have returned after the break and have settled well. They have been making Ashgrove tartan in preparation for the Scottish celebrations next week.


Room 12 Sensory Story

The children of room 12 enjoyed their sensory story this week, “Kofi and the Magic Shaker”. We got to see, feel and hear crickets, birds and a very large, hairy spider! He had a very friendly face and smile though, so we weren’t frightened! We used a large leaf fan to feel the breeze and felt the heat and shape of Africa with our assorted props. We even walked on the sand with our flip-flops.

Orchard Brae Clothing Exchange

Thanks to everyone that has sent in items for our Clothing Exchange. Please remember that you’re welcome to pop in and browse any time. It’s a great way to save money and help the planet by passing things on that our children and young people have grown out of.

We’ve got clothing in a wider range of sizes now. All sizes of clothing are welcome as our pupils go from age 3-18.

Happy New Year from Room 13

Everyone in Class 13 would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.

Before the end of term we had a visit from a very special person who even left gifts for us! We all received new P.E. kit bags and touries!

We then had a Christmas dinner in class and everyone had a great time although we did over indulge. So much for healthy eating!

Here are some photos of our festive fun.

Out and about with Alan in Outdoor Education

Room 8

Room 8 took part in a scavenger hunt at Duthie Park.  We were looking for various items, including fish, flowers and the big frog in the pond.

Some pupils were able to read the words and reinforce their numeracy skills by counting what they had to find.

Sadly, the turtles were being shy and we only saw 3.


Room 10

Room 10 pupils were exploring a farm path near Orchard Brae.  We were exploring to see what we could find.  Some of the pupils loved splashing in puddles so it was just as well they were wearing wellies!


Room 14

It was too cold to go out, so we did our outdoor learning indoors!

We looked at pictures of trees of trees silhouetted against a winter sunset, and then tried to recreate this on paper, using natural materials.

We used charcoal to rub over leaves and twigs to create the trees, then used various materials to make clouds.  We stuck this down on a dark blue background, which looked very effective!


Room 18

Room 18 have been helping to dig over the sandpit.

The sandpit needed to be raked and dug over.  We also needed to brush sand from the playground.  The class used rakes to move sand, and the progress was amazing. Sand was moved from the edge back into the middle, where it was needed.


Cinema Outing for Room 16

On Thursday we went to the cinema to see “Playing with Fire.”  It was funny and silly. Michael and Sam laughed the most.  Shay and Ella enjoyed the popcorn.

We went on bus number 11.  The drivers were very helpful.  Gracjan was talking to people on the bus.  Abdur and Lewis helped buy bus tickets.

We had a great post-Christmas treat.

Back to Work in Howes Hoose

Howes Hoose hit the ground running, getting right back into their SQA work last week. All pupils were involved in preparing for their mid-year verification where their work is shared with teachers from other schools to ensure everyone across Scotland is working to the same standards.

Pupils in Howes Hoose are working on a range of curricular units to develop skills and independence as they are all moving on to new destinations in summer.

Fruit/Vegetable of the Fortnight

One of our new initiatives for Healthy Eating in 2020 is ‘Fruit/Vegetable of the Fortnight’. A fruit or vegetable will be introduced at snack time and served regularly over a two week period. In this way we aim to expose the children to fresh fruit and vegetables and encourage them to try new fruit and vegetables, develop a taste for healthy foods as well as  offering children the experience of preparing and tasting a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. We will also be sharing our Healthy Eating successes … WATCH THIS SPACE!!

Our ‘Fruit of the Fortnight’ is APPLE.

Christmas Wishes

We would like to wish all of our pupils, their families, staff and associated colleagues a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We look forward to seeing you all when we return on Monday 6th January 2020.

Christmas Fun In Room 7

Room 7 have been enjoying a variety of activities in the build up to Christmas.  They have enjoyed being creative making cards, crackers and have enjoyed listening to and interacting with artifacts about the Christmas story.