Well this has been an unusual term!! Harburn team would like to say a huge “thank you” to all the parents and pupils of Harburn for taking part in the activities we send home and keeping us up to date with fantastic photos of learning activities at home. As all 5 of our pupils get ready to move onto P1 we have been busy with passing on lots of information about each of them to their new school and class teams. It is an exciting and unusual time for them all but we wish them all the very best as they start on this new adventure and know that they will bring lots of happiness with all their smiles and cheeky antics!
Thank you for allowing us to be part of your lives for the last year. Have a fantastic summer break and work hard in P1.
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!
Harburn have been very busy this term. We have started a new group with Aisling (music therapist). Aisling comes to our class on a Wednesday and has been bringing lots of different instruments for us to try. S particularly liked the steeldrum and was keen to try to play the notes that Aisling asked for (these were written onto the drum for him to find). C has also been really interested in the guitar and likes to strum it while Aisling is singing to other pupils, his concentration during this group has greatly increased and he is now happy to join in rather than choosing to sit at the toys in a different area of the class.
We have been out for a few litter picks this term – F was showing how high he can count by counting the different pieces of litter we found lying around. The boys had to work together for this as one person had to help hold the bag while the other used the grabbers to lift the litter. We then sorted it into what could be recycled when we got back to school.
Lots of hand washing has been taking place (more than usual) this term. The boys are all being very patient with us as they are taken so many times to the changing area to have their hands washed. We sing a little song so that we know we have washed for long enough before rinsing the soap off.
This term our topic has been “people who help us”. We have had a visit from the police and the fire fighters. Most of our class thoroughly enjoyed these visits however it was a little noisy for some and so they watched from a distance. The pupils had a turn with the fire engine’s hose and in the driver’s seat of the police car. We have been dressing up and being doctors, nurses, dentists, police and army soldiers. F particularly enjoyed being a doctor – he was full of smiles and posing in the mirror! We shared sensory stories about going to the dentist and then all took turns at cleaning our “pet dog’s” teeth.
Even though this term has been cut short we managed to fit lots in and we look forward to seeing photos on learner’s journals of what you’ve all been getting up to!
This term Harburn have been busy on a Seasonal Exploration. We took advantage of the rain and got all our waterproofs on to go out and splash in the puddles – Fernando and Scott had a great time! Scott even managed to use his new walker outside for a short time – well done Scott! We have been out and about in the local area to look at the changes to the trees as we moved from autumn to winter and collected lots of pine cones, twigs and leaves to explore when we got back to the class.
At the end of November we celebrated St Andrew’s day by making some shortbread for our snack and having a ceilidh in the class.
Once December started we got all Christmassy…we went from 5 pupils to 6 with the addition of our cheeky elf Tinsel. The boys in Harburn really enjoyed taking elfie selfies with Tinsel and other pupils from around the school and helping to make sure that Tinsel got involved in all our class activities. Throughout the month we completed lots of different arts and crafts. Fraser was not so sure about making a reindeer to send home to begin with but he did have a go and made fantastic decorations to take home. Callan has started to enjoy art activities and will have a go independently.
One of our highlights was the Christmas Carnival – we were acrobats. We used the hoops to spin around in (with the help of a chair!) and had our very own strongman.
Next term we will finish off our seasonal exploration topic by thinking about winter and then we will be thinking about “People who help us”.
We hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and a happy new year from everyone in Harburn!
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.
On Friday to celebrate World Animal day the nursery classes had a visit from Cool Creatures. Calum brought five different animals to come and meet us – Brave the Meerkat, Snuffles the Common Tenrec, TipToe the Tortoise, Rocky The Bearded Dragon, and Monty the Royal Python. Our pupils were all very brave meeting the animals and a few were even happy to let the animals sit on their heads! Have a look at our photos to see all the fun we had…
We have had a busy start to our final term in Harburn. The children have been very busy exploring the outdoors and living things as part of our topic. We have enjoyed local walks in the community to collect various items to create a nature collage. We managed to find lots of sticks and leaves and also some flowers.
We have also been enjoying having the opportunity to be outdoors in the lovely weather exploring in the garden. We have been smelling flowers and plants, digging in soil and also doing some planting too. Our potatoes are beginning to grow and our sunflowers have sprouted too.
In art we made lovely yellow chicks and painted some beautiful flowers using Pom poms and colourful paint.
We are looking forward to looking after some caterpillars and butterflies later on in the term and having more opportunities to explore the outdoors.