Hello everyone and welcome back! Although it’s been so long since we have all been together we have all settled in as if we’ve never been away. We’ve had lots of fun getting to know our new staff team, new friends and for some a new room. We have wasted no time getting stuck into lots of messy play, outdoor play, gardening and music and are getting used to our new timetables and routines. This term our topic is Storyland and we have lots of exciting activities and stories to explore and enjoy.
The children may not have been in school but a special mention must go to all you wonderful families for coping with such uncertain times!
Do we have anybody signing up for Teacher Training?
Glendevon had their up and down days like most of us but I was very impressed by some of the activities they got up to and look forward to seeing the children continue using their skills as they come back to school.
I very much hope that you are all able to have a fantastic summer and enjoy getting back to some normality even just to see loved ones!
I for one have missed you all and look forward to seeing you all again in August.
We’re all getting used to working in new ways away from our usual classrooms, but we can still have fun making music together.
What to do today
Please join in with the activities below. The more who can join in, the more fun, too. Do the activities as many times as you like.
Activities (links below)
Bounce and catch. You’ll need a ball for this.
Tap and clap along to Cho-co-la-te. Maybe someone can help you clap or tap.
Watch this video and clap and tap along to the sounds.
Play the video again, but this time play along with some instruments – if you don’t have any, see what you can find around you that can make a good sound. We will look at some simple home made instruments later in the week.
Time to dance! Electroswing -Lost in the Rhythm, Jamie Berry Feat. Octavia Rose. Can you move your feet, arms and hands to the music like the dancer? Or maybe someone can tap your feet and arms in time to the music. You can play your instruments too if you like, or get scarf to play with.
And now, time to chill. Here’s another piece of music by the French composer Erik Satie. It was originally for piano, but suits the guitar as well. You may want to play it more than once.
Goodbye Song. Time to say goodbye! Thank you for your music. Hope you had some fun, see you all next time!
Grab your pots, pans, buckets, salt shakers, wooden spoons, tupperware or anything that makes a noise and join in the fun with the RSNO percussionists! We would love to see you taking part – take a photo or video and post it in the comments… Please note this video was filmed a few weeks ago. Please stay at home, practice social distancing and above all else, have fun!
The term and perhaps the school year has been cut short, but this does not take away how much work, fun and progression the children in Glendevon have made this year.
The topic of emergency services has been fantastic for the children and we all enjoyed the visits from the fire brigade and police.
The children that are on PECs have increased their communication skills through the participation in a variety of groups and activities such as colour group, requesting at snack/dinner, big and small group and also general requesting groups throughout the day.
Our sensory activities have been received well by the children and all have been enjoying story massage, Tac Pac and sensory groups weekly.
Some of the children also enjoyed a weekly trip to gymnastics and as you will see from the pictures they had lots of fun burning off some of that energy!
The older children have been working hard to gain their ASDAN qualifications and are displaying their independent skills through different tasks.
The children all had fun making a cushion for all their fantastic mum’s last week and thankfully no injuries were received during the sewing machine phase!
It has been a great term seeing how the children have grown in trust with one another as well as the staff which has in turn helped the children develop their skills in many ways.
Fairtrade Fortnight is back Monday 24 February – Sunday 8 March 2020; with the focus this year on cocoa. For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid. Run by the Fairtrade Foundation, Fairtrade Fortnight highlights the mission of Fairtrade – is to ensure that all farmers are paid fairly for their work and are able to earn a living income.
We cannot believe that it is the end of another year already and half way through the academic year – how time passes when you are having fun and working hard.
The class have all bonded very well with one another and you will see the evidence from the photos what mischief they can get up to when they get together!
We have been enjoying the run up to Christmas with all our art activities, cooking and show rehearsals.
However, the term was not just about Christmas, we have been very busy ‘naughty elves’ since October. This term we have been enjoying both going to the shop and the library and have been learning to be a bit more independent when requesting and taking a book out. Alex and Duncan are super at the self service checkout – so if you need a hand with any shopping you know who to ask.
The whole class have been super at using their PECs and are requesting for their choices during different groups and at snack/dinner. Alex is also keeping us right with different signs and we are all using signalong during different groups to help everyone with communication. Sophie has been enjoying having lots of interaction and we can see some significant changes in how she is communicating through her facial expressions and verbally.
Everyone has been working hard at their Teacch activities and we are seeing lots of progress. Aria has been a star – she is doing her work totally independent now and quickly! Tac Pac has been fantastic with the class and all are coping so well and learning to relax as you can see from the photos – it is a favourite for William and Fletcher.
I could go on and on about all the good work the class are doing we are so proud at what they have been achieving so far this year and look forward to the new year and new challenges.
On Friday we enjoyed a Children in Need fundraiser with lots of our family and friends. Every class made some delicious treats for us to taste and there were lots of fun activities to keep us busy, including face painting, a disco, biscuit decorating and water play. In the end we raised a fantastic £350! Well done to everyone who took part. A special well done to Shirley, one of our nurses, and Luca and his family for winning the duck race. The winning duck was “Beakwell Tart”. You can watch the race by following the link below.
Phew what a start to the 2019/20 session. Where has the time gone?
All the staff and pupils have had a great time getting to know each other and find ways of working, playing and learning together and already seeing some lovely interactions, great communication and life skills progressing.
We have all loved the day and night topic – especially when we get to act out going to sleep and waking up in the morning. We have also being doing lots of art work to show our understanding of what the environment looks like when it is either daylight or night light. Louisa has been our storyteller this term and the children have enjoyed listening and participating in the story ‘Ten Little Stars’.
As you know we had a super experience out and about doing our litter pick in Aberdour and South Queensferry – we now know how much the kids love the beach and will strive to get another visit before the end of the session.
We are a happy bunch in Glendevon and we are all looking forward to the next term and getting stuck into our new topic – The Newsroom! I am sure we have some budding reporters amongst us.
We have also given ourselves a wee project to tidy up the garden area out of our back window – we have made a start but looking forward to some nice dry days to continue with that.
It has been lovely to see you all at our different activities over the term and look forward to seeing you come visit and see how good we are doing at school.