It’s so good to be back seeing all the children’s happy faces around school. I am teaching in Lommond and Hopetoun this year. Whilst I have been there we have been doing lots of art activities. This term we are working alongside the topic of story land. We have been learning about Elmer the Elephant. We used lots of coloured squares and glued them onto an elephant template. The children enjoyed looking at all the bright colours and choosing where to put them on their elephants.
We also done some printing with bright colours using blocks to look like Elmer’s patches. We made ‘you-nique’ pictures that are all different with a picture of ourselves in the middle. The children loved getting messy with the paint!
We have been learning the story about the Tiger who came to Tea too! We made some lovely tiger faces using orange tissue paper and black card.
We enjoyed listening to the Story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. The children made sensory pictures using various materials for each of the locations in the story. Long wavy grass, a snowstorm, a forest, oozy mud, a river and then finally….. A BEAR!!! The children enjoyed feeling the different materials and textures and sticking them on to create their own story.
It has been lovely also being part of the daily routines such as snack and lunch time and other activities that take place on a Wednesday and a Thursday.
Well, what a strange term this has been. We’ve all been very busy but at home instead of being in school with all our friends. I’d like to say thank you to all our children and families for participating so well in the activities. I know you’ve all been enjoying the videos. Thank you too for posting all your wonderful photos. It was so good to see those smiley happy faces and to see what you’ve been doing. Madison’s been doing lots of baking with mum and looking at her face in the photos, lots of tasting too! She’s been out on her bike and having lots of fun in the garden. Angel has also been an outdoor girl, playing in her garden on lots of equipment and riding her bike. She’s also been busy doing lots of building with her large sized building blocks. Hafsa has been in the garden too, relaxing in her hammock. She did some beautiful art and craft work and had lots of fun with her little sister. Pete has been doing lots of walking and helped make an insect home. More recently he had fun on his family’s boat. He’s been loving all the videos too. Tommy has found his feet and there’s been no stopping him. He’s been enjoying his paddling pool, a real wee water baby. He’s also been trying out lots of the posted activities and loves watching the videos. Matthew, I’m sure you’ve been having lots of fun with your brothers.
As I’m retiring I wont be in class when you come back in August, but I hope to come in and see you all.
Hello everyone. What a strange time we’re all going through. It was a sad finish to term three. As always it was a busy term. We were doing all our regular groups, going out to play, going for walks and visiting the shop and library. Some of our children went swimming and two went horse riding for the first time, and they loved it. Our children always enjoy our bag groups – Interactive story bag – The Three Little Pigs, anticipation bag and song bag. They’re always engaged and participate well and have favourites when choosing a song. We’ve also seen some great indicating for their turn, using their switch or by signing me. We also got some new switching toys and the children had a great time trying them out. We did lots of lovely art work including some for our coffee morning. We also made some yummy cake and biscuits using fair trade ingredients. I hope you’re all managing to keep busy and are enjoying some of the activities that have been posted here and in the learning journals. It would be lovely if we get back to some normality soon, but I think it’s going to take longer then we hope. I’m missing the children but the main thing is for you all to keep safe and well. Take care Helen 😊
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!
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.
I’m so happy to tell everyone how well our new primary one children have settled into their school routine. Hafsa, Angel, Tommy, Pete and Matthew all moved from Lammermuir nursery and Madison joined us from Harburn nursery. Natalie and Annmarie also moved from Lammermuir. Caroline and Jacki have joined us to make up the Hopetoun team.
We’ve all been getting to know each other and we’re so lucky to have such happy children who are enjoying lots of different activities.