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Chinese New Year in the Pine Room

This week in the Pine Room we have been celebrating Chinese New Year.  We painted fans, decorating them with Tigers, and made Dragons with long colourful tissue paper tails. We watched exciting videos of dancing Chinese Dragons and listened to some tranquil Chinese music. In cookery we made our version of fruit sushi (we know that is Japanese – but oh well!!)

Links below to some stories about Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2

In Literacy we have been working on the Letter J, and made some colourful Jellyfish pictures for our alphabet books, and searched for words beginning with that letter – how many J words can you find at home?

The J Song

SQA Communication we continued with Inside Out and focused on the emotion Anger this week.

We have been rounding up our Scottish Theme ‘Hamish McHaggis and the Edinburgh Adventure’ and looked at the last character ……the Pine Martin.

Pine Marten’s Webcam

We read the story for the last time, laughed at some funny Scottish words, watched some Highland dancing and listened to some traditional Scottish Music – we like the bagpipes in the Pine Room.

Today we did some Winter Art and then watched the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, the colours and the music were fantastic!!!

Sorry we have no photos this week BUT Wilson has been posting too many and we have run out of space!!!!!  But our IT Superhero Mr Campbell will be coming to our rescue!!

Have a lovely weekend everyone




Burns and more in the Pine Room.

This successful learner has been using his numeracy skills to count the magnetic…

…then used then to successfully help weigh out our cake ingredients.

Successful Learning – sieving and mixing for SQA Baking

Now using our numeracy skills to count the paper cases.

Think they are ready for the oven!!

We have been listening to lots of Scottish music and stories this week – but the Highland Dancing was a real favourite for this young lady. And on the 25th we enjoyed the Transition Classes Virtual Burns Supper.

SQA Communication we made 5 sensory bottles, one for each of the Inside Out Characters, using a funnel to put in small coloured beads, glitter and sequin.

We also managed a little bit of sensory play too.

Making Kilts for Burns Day, counting colours as we go!

Our kilts display.

We are continuing to work on some Scottish Animals, this week Badgers…we will show them next week they may take a few days for the glue to dry!!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

This week in the Pine Room

Successful Learner using the AAC Device to tell us how he is feeling at Morning Group.

Fun making Confetti Pictures.

Our lovely Scottish Art Display, that we have been working on for our IDL.

Confident Individuals working with the stickle bricks in Numeracy.

Using the light box and gel numbers in Numeracy.

SQA Baking working on our mixing skills to make Krispy Cakes.

Touching all the different ingredients…snap, crackle and pop!!

SQA Communication – we started watching the film Inside Out, we have also looked at ICE Pack ‘How I feel?’ and talked about what gave us JOY and what made us SAD.

Painting character plates.



For our 50 Things we painted with things we found in the garden – very cool!!

This week in literacy our letter was ‘I’ words starting with I are hard to find BUT we managed!! And made some lovely ice-cream pictures.

Have a great weekend!!

Welcoming the New Year in the Pine Room!

We are all very happy to be back at school with our friends.

We have been working on our addition skills for our SQA Numeracy Unit by using the large building blocks, playing Dominoes and watching some number videos we especially like Addition with Rodd.

Counting with Rodd, Adding 2 to 2

SQA Baking this week involved making some shortbread for sensory play, we mixed it up, rolling it and stretched it and squashed it – it smelt really good!!

We have been successful learners in literacy concentrating on the letter ‘H’ making the sound, looking for words that start with that letter, and then we made some lovely Horse pictures for our alphabet books.

SQA Communication we have started studying Inside Out, so we watched a little bit of the film and we are going to decorate plates to look like all of the characters, starting with ‘JOY’

Our IDL Theme this term is Scotland, we are reading Hamish McHaggis and the Edinburgh Adventure, we learned some more Scottish Words and made Haggis Pictures, using different colours and textures of wool.

Even while doing your MOVE you can’t get out of doing your Art work!!

We played a game of Haggis Drive, using our new big dice.

Who’s Haggis will be completed first?

Christmas Learning in the Pine Room

We had a lovely Christmas Jumper day in the Pine  Room and Friday means ‘FRIYAY DISCO!’ and lots of MOVE.

Are you dancing?

Have Mustang will travel!

A lap of the room and back to the board to put on some good tunes – no more ‘Let it go’ or ‘Baby Shark’  PLEASE!!!

Now for some science, we were successful learners using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar in a zip lock bag to make growing snowman heads!


What cool outfits!

‘What are you having for lunch?’

We have a Santa in the Classroom and everyday as part of Numeracy we pop a balloon on his beard – our Countdown to Christmas!

We have been doing lots of Christmas Counting too here is a few favourites.

Nine little Reindeers

Ten Elves in the Bed

Ready to PARTY Pine Class! A wee game and lots of dancing – MOVE too!!!

Few Songs we are loving this week.

Feliz Navidad

I Ho, Ho, Hope its Santa Claus

All I want for Christmas is you

Mele Kalikimaka

Sensory Play or is it just messy play!!

Literacy – Some of the books from our Advent selection this week that we really enjoyed.

The Naughty List

Santa’s Twelve Days of Christmas

The Unicorns are coming to Town

Santa and Joannie the Elf played us a wee visit all the way from the North Pole! Photos will be sent out.

Little bit of Craft.

We all had a fantastic time listening to Singing Hands.

Well have a fab weekend everyone.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Pine Room.

Well we have started getting ready for Christmas in the Pine Room.

During a game of Christmas Bingo were all successful learners, matching up the symbols on our board, practising our Makaton symbols for all the different Christmas things, such as Christmas Tree, Angel, Elf, Snowman and Bell.  Below are a couple of links if you want to practise at home.

Singing Hands Nativity Signs

Singing Hands Christmas Alphabet

Our Christmas Tree is made out of felt, so we can pull off the shapes and rearrange them – we can decorate the tree everyday if we want!!!                              It gives us another great opportunity to talk about the shapes and practise our Makaton signs.

Oh no Buddy the Elf is back!!!

He is ready for some MOVE today!!!

For Literacy we made ‘glowing’ Christmas Lights in our names, finding the letters, sounding them out and making lovely name plates.

Great work!!

Now lets get decorating!! Spreading the icing, sprinkling different coloured sprinkles, and making shapes.

This was great fun!!

Now for some Numeracy  – lets make some reindeers.

Triangles, diamonds…


Excellent Work!!!

During Sensory Play we  mixed, rolled the plastic balls, exercised our hands and made soap shapes.

In Art we are making Christmas babbles, sticking different textures on to  paper plate – we will finish them off next week.

We open an advent parcel every day and read a different Christmas Book below are a few of our favourites.

Clump the Lump of Coal

The Dinosaur that popped Christmas

The Elfie Selfie

We love to dance and listen to music in the PINE Room, here a few of this week’s favourites.

Singing Hands – Dominick the Donkey

Christmas Freeze Dance

Reindeer Pokey

Have a lovely weekend everyone.


Pine Class class say Goodbye to Autumn

For Saint Andrew’s Day we were successful learners and created some lovely art.

Thistles using different colours of wool.

We have enjoyed our Autumn Stories, especially ‘There was an Old Lady who swallowed some leaves’, so we made some cool artwork using coffee filters, felt pens and the water spray.

There was an Old Lady that swallowed some leaves

We also made some lovely suncatchers for the windows

More St.  Andrew’s Day Art – Scottie Dog – we made our choices  “should they be white or black?”

“Who made all the mess?”

Well MOVE just got a lot more exciting for this young man!!!


Are we ready for the Pine Class Ceilidh??

The DJ is ready…

The Gay Gordons – step in time Boyle.

Forward for 4 back for 4 – great counting!!!

Strictly Come Dancing isn’t an option for us, we would lose points for laughing!!!

Sorry about the lack of photos – but we were all just having too much fun dancing!!

Some links to what we loved as a class.

Ya cannae shove yer Granny aff a bus!

The Gay Gordons

Marie’s Wedding

Three Craws

Donald where’s yer troosers?


This week in Literacy we are working on the Letter G, looking for lots of words that start with this letter.


Below are a few song links for the letter G, they have one for each letter if you want to have a look.

The Letter G Song

English Sing Sing G

Beautiful Goose Art work

A flock of Geese!!!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Football and Dancing in the Pine Room.

For our SQA Baking Unit this week we worked with eggs and made meringues, we put the egg whites and sugar and  the big mixture and whisked them up.

Will the mixture fall out on the bowl????

Working on our Snowman Display.

Making choices and picking our teams for football, we had great fun and scored loads of goals.

We were confident individuals and worked with Karen on our dance moves.

Numeracy fun for these confident individuals during a game of dominoes.

This week in Literacy we have been working on the letter F, we made lovely Frogs mixing the three primary colours.

Great Art Work!!!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!!!

Children in Need in the Pine Room

This week we were looking at the letter E again in literacy, looking at words that beginning with this letter and in art we were successful learners and made a picture of a egg using tissue paper squares and PVA glue.

In SQA Communication we finished our Brown Bear Story, we sorted through the characters again, signed the animals and colours, danced along to the rap, and worked on our colouring books.

Karen was here on Wednesday to do some Indian Dance with us focusing on Animals that started with the letter E – we were very confident individuals and had great fun.

For SQA Numeracy we played a game of ‘Haggis Drive’, as we have started our Scottish Theme, working on our counting skills and drawing in the pieces of the Haggis.

Each class has a paper  lantern to decorate to be displayed in the Atrium for Christmas, with our Vice ECO Captain we decided on a very topical theme of Global Warming!!!

Give the Snowman back his hat back!!!

So our Snowman is starting to melt – remember reuse, recycle and reduce!!!

Working on another Christmas Project.

For Children in Need we enjoyed a lovely social snack, had a wee Disco (not as long as Sophie Eliis-Bextor’s!!) And made some dotty Pugsy Faces.

Have a Smashing Weekend Everyone!!!