All posts by Miss Sweet

Outdoor learning

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to let you know I am back from maternity leave and so pleased to be back. I’m excited to we working with the children in Glendevon and Ochiltree classes  this year. With me they will be focussing a lot on exploring the outdoors, what is growing in the Beatlie garden each season and what changes happen throughout the year in the garden and community too.  We will be using our senses to explore and possibly create seasonal art as we investigate.

This term we have started to look at the flowers and fruit growing in the garden and the community. The children have already taken photos of the flowers they see, created a flower scavenger hunt from their photos for their peers to find them in the garden. We have discovered we have a lot of colourful flowers in the garden, especially pink. The children also have been making sensory flower bottles which they have enjoyed shaking and exploring the shapes and colours moving about in the water. I will keep you updated on our learning this term.

Catherine (Sweet) Duffin

Access walk in the Pentland hills

A group of secondary children- Andrew, Nathan, Amy, Emily and Lauren visited Harlaw visitors centre in the Pentland hills this week. The regional park have created lovely accessible paths for wheelchair users around the Pentland hills. We went for a lovely walk around the reservoir, exploring the nature around us, very beautiful. Nathan especially enjoyed looking around on the walk around the reservoir.

The children also helped to make a bug hotel using a drill and took part in pond dipping too. We found a newt and a few other creatures too. Lauren was not impressed by our catch lol! However she enjoyed watching her friends. Amy laughed and giggled the whole time she was using the net to catch the pond life and didn’t want to let go of it! Andrew and Emily were very interested in helping to make the bug hotel. Andrew was focused using the drill and Emily loved listening to the sound of the drill. This would be a wonderful place for other classes and their families to visit. A round trip around the reservoir takes about an hour to walk.