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Term 3 in Glendevon

We have been so busy in Glendevon and we can’t believe we’ve reached the end of another term already!

The freezing weather at the start of term was fantastic for our ‘Ice’ project and we explored so many different ways of freezing objects and experimenting with different methods to make them melt such as warm water, salt and the hairdryer. We froze some natural items from the garden, some sparkly bits and pieces we chose from the art cupboard and saw some amazing patterns when we used paint and torches to look closer at our ice blocks. As much fun as that was we are glad things are starting to warm up a bit and we have recently been enjoying doing some fun gardening activities, we planted some lovely flowers to send home and are patiently waiting for our sunflowers to start growing in the sensory garden.

We have also been busy exploring our topics this term, our first one was ‘Around the House’ and we were so busy cleaning, washing, hoovering, sweeping and sorting laundry so there should be lots of helping hands at home now! We’ve been exploring ‘Weather’ as our second topic and have had fun dressing up and choosing what we need to wear in different kinds of weather. Alex managed to dress for a typical day in Scotland prepared for all 4 seasons! We made some colourful kites to fly on windy days which we’ve had plenty of recently.

We hope everyone has a happy and healthy Easter, we have some lovely fun Easter activities planned to finish of our week and are looking forward to seeing everyone after the holidays.

Christmas Fun in Glendevon

Although our Christmas plans have been a little different this year we have still managed to enjoy all the usual festivities some of which you can see below. We have been busy transforming our classroom into a cosy winter space and we enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch all together in the classroom with sparkly lights and Christmas music. We had lots of fun practicing our performance which we’re sure you will all love and we especially enjoyed watching Jack and the Beanstalk on the big screen in the hall, there was lots of booing, shouting and laughing. We have listened to lots of different Christmas stories and songs and had fun playing some festive games like ‘throw the hoop on the reindeer’ and ‘snowman skittles’. We had the best messy play ever with hot chocolate powder, marshmallows and scooshy cream and we had fun going out a jingle bell walk, I’m sure we woke up most of our neighbours with the noise we made! We surprised Carol, Debbie and Debbie by sneaking up on them and bombarding them with pretend snowballs, they were pretty impressed by our aim! We finished the term off with a party with lots of dancing  and a visit from our very own Beatlie Santa so we are definitely now all ready for the big day to arrive.

We wish all our families a lovely Christmas break and look forward to welcoming everyone back in the new year.

Team Glendevon

Term 2 in Glendevon

This has been a very busy term and we have had lots of fun exploring our topic of ‘My Friends’ through lots of fun activities both indoors and outdoors.  We have been playing lots of team games (we have especially enjoyed our outdoor chasing games) and have been doing lots of sharing and turn taking. Through our topic book ‘Rainbow of Friends’ we have been exploring some of the things that make us different from each other along with some of the things we like that are the same.

We’ve also been busy this term working on lots of motor skills during our hall time with Eirini. We have been conquering some new pieces of equipment such as the wobbly bridge and have been doing lots of balancing and stretching using the wombler, giant physio ball, trampoline and the stretchy bands. There has been lots of scooting about the hall on the scooter boards and we are all completely exhausted by the end of the sessions!

We have also been lucky enough this term to take part in a music technology session with Aisling who has put all our recordings together into our very own ‘Glendevon Groove’ which you can hear at the end of the slideshow below, a definite chart topper!

Hello from Glendevon

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.

 

Glendevon – Term 4

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.

Best wishes from all the team x

Music with Gordon: week 2

Hi everyone!

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)

  1. Hello song
  2. Bounce and catch. You’ll need a ball for this.
  3. Tap and clap along to Cho-co-la-te. Maybe someone can help you clap or tap.
  4. Watch this video and clap and tap along to the sounds.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Goodbye Song. Time to say goodbye! Thank you for your music. Hope you had some fun, see you all next time!

Hello Song

Click and scroll down to see the video

Bounce and Catch

Tap and clap along to Cho-co-la-te

Watch, tap and clap and then play along

Time to move around

Chill and relax

Goodbye Song

Music with Gordon this week

Hi everyone!

We’re all getting used to working in new ways away from our usual classrooms, but we can still have fun making music.

What to do this week

This week,  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)

    1. Hello song
    2. Bounce and catch. You’ll need a ball for this.
    3. Tap and clap along to the music on the YouTube video. This week we have a Brazilian classic by Sergio Mendes feat. Black Eyed Peas – Mas Que Nada
    4. 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.
    5. Time to get up and dance! Move around to HAPPY – Pharrell Williams (feat. Minions)
    6. And now, time to chill. He’res a piece of piano music by the French composer Erik Satie. You may want to play it more than once.
    7. Goodbye Song. Time to say goodbye! Thank you for your music. Hope you had some fun, see you all next time!

Hello Song

Click and scroll down to see the video

Bounce and Catch

Tap and clap and then play along

Time to move around

Chill and relax

c

Goodbye Song

Gordon’s Hello Song

All music lessons in Beatlie begin with this song

This can be a stand alone activity or play the video before watching a music video, exploring instruments or doing another music activity.

The video is at the bottom of the page.

What to do

  1. Feel free to join in and sing, clap, tap and move along to the song
  2. Maybe you can try using your voice
  3. Sign hello
  4. Tap fast and slow
  5. Sign “Stop” at the end
  6. Have fun!

Words

Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?

Hello, hello
Very nice to see you
Hello hello,
How are you today?

We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”
(can you say and sign hello?)

We say “Hello”
We’re very pleased to see you
We say “Hello”
(tap along with the music, sign “Stop” at the end)

Other ideas

  • Can you stamp your feet to the music? Can you tap your shoulders or your head?
  • If you can’t tap along, maybe a friend can gently tap your hand, arm or foot for you so that you can feel the beat of the music.
  • Maybe try playing along with a shaker, or tap something that makes a sound that you like. A box of cereal? A table top? Look around you. What makes an interesting sound?

Glendevon – Term 3

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.