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.
Another Term gone by and lots achieved by the Glendevon class.
We have had a very busy term and had lots of fun.
In January we enjoyed our Ceilidh dancing and joining our friends in the hall for a Ceilidh to celebrate Burns day.
February was full of hearts when we up-cycled some old clothes for the amazing fashion show – the children all looked fantastic in the Glendevon collection.
Also in February we were very busy with Fairtrade Fortnight and we are pleased to be part of achieving the schools ‘Fairaware Award’!
In March we had great fun during science and engineering week taking different journeys – especially enjoying our ‘3 little pigs’ activity out in the garden. Duncan loved being the big bad wolfe and chasing his friends!
Red nose day meant we had to turn our skills to baking and the children were fantastic at getting involved in each stage from mixing the ingredients to icing the cupcakes – brilliant Elmo inspired decoration.
Glendevon then made some lovely lavender bags to highlight Epilepsy awareness day. Thank you to Caroline for picking it from her garden a few months ago in preperation.
We have finished off the term with health week and a very competitive sports day.
Along with all the school events, we have been working hard at our teacch activities, our buildings around the world topic, gardening and making some great progress with our communication.
It was lovely to see all the parents at the reviews and our different events over the last term as always.
Hope you all have a great holiday and already looking forward to an exciting last term before the summer holidays.
As we look forward to Spring and Easter, here’s a little musical reminder of Winter. The cross-class Secondary Music Group had fun using hand chimes to play some gentle music for Winter earlier in the term.
Everyone took turns to be a conductor and waited patiently for their turn to play as we built up the ringing sounds and let them ebb away again.
Everyone did very well and enjoyed themselves. We hope you find it just as relaxing to listen to as it was to play.
As you can imagine, it has been a busy couple of weeks in Glendevon.
We have been having lots of fun in the run up to Christmas – enjoying making all our lovely decorations and shortbread for our Xmas stall. Thank you to everyone for their support.
We have also been enjoying some new stories about Christmas during our story massage group – Alison has been working hard to make the stories fun to enjoy: The night before Christmas and When Santa got stuck up the Chimney.
We have been enjoying listening to and joining in some Christmas songs and we have been rehearsing for our show next week – so we hope that you can come join us and see how well we have been doing – and maybe be have a laugh too!
Glendevon have been enjoying making some Christmas art to take home and decorate the house.
Have a lovely holiday when it comes and we wish you all a good New Year.
It’s been a while since we gave an update on all the hard work we have been doing in Glendevon.
The question should be ‘what have we not been doing’!
This term we have been enjoying the topic ‘sound maps’ and to make it enjoyable and interesting for us all, we have based this on the story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’.
The children have been enjoying all the different activities we have been doing in and outside the classroom – lots of art work and sensory experiences as you will see from the photos. We are collating lovely sound photo albums as part of our task and the children are really enjoying putting in photos of their experiences as we go through the story – they love to admire themselves and really show an awareness of seeing themselves.
We have also introduced story massage to our daily routines and this has been a great success – they are loving it! They appear to relax well and we are getting lovely reactions and feedback during these sessions. Hpefully we can share a session with you all one day soon.
World Children’s Day was a lovely event and we enjoyed our walk to the park despite the weather – this didn’t put any of the children off and all of them were able to walk good distances following the bubbles the staff were busy blowing throughout. We made lovely artwork which is now displayed with the rest of the schools fantastic work on our Rights Respecting Schools display board – please have a look the next time you are in.
I would also like to just mention how fantastic they are all doing with their communication skills – lots of fantastic modelling of pecs use, Tech Talk and exchanging of symbols/photos when requesting. Also lots of verbal communication from Duncan.
Duncan and Emily continue to complete their Teacch and workstation activities with continued confidence and independence. William and Aria have been excellent at taking on board these new skills and already have completed some Teacch activities that have moved into their independent work boxes – fantastic in the short time they have been in the class.
Sophie continues to be encouraged to be more communicative through lots of different activities – she particularly enjoys Rebound and Tac Pac which is when we are getting lots of feedback from her. She is also having lots of Intensive Interaction sessions which we hope will encourage more communication from her – already having some lovely eye contact from her.
We are now into the really busy period of preparing for Christmas – we hope to see you all at the Fayre and our annual show.