Category Archives: Pentland

Spring Term in Pentland

What a busy term we had last term in Pentland, we have done lots of exciting activities. Everything from messy play with flour and shaving foam- not at the same time! to painting with kitchen utensils and toothpaste. We have done lots of physical things like PE, dancing and dressing up and even had time to fit in lots of walks. On our last walk we decorated some hard boiled eggs for Easter and rolled them down a hill. Here are some pictures of what we have been doing.

 

Winter term in Pentland class

What a busy term we have had! Our topic this term has been the weather, we have been learning all about different kinds of weather by going outside at least once every day. We have also been experimenting and exploring in our messy play. Did you know you can make it snow inside using shaving foam?

Messy play has been a firm favourite this term- for the children anyway! The classroom has often ended up covered in flour, pasta, rice, tinsel, jelly, cornflour and of course glitter.

We have had to do a lot more online activities this term, level four meant that we had online music sessions and even online visits from the clown doctors and an online pantomime! it has been different but the children have still enjoyed it.

Beyond the classroom we have been for our sponsored walk, all the children amazed us with their stamina as the walk was further than we would normally go but they all did very well, and of course a fantastic amount of money was raised. We have also been part of the UNICEF Outright campaign around climate change with all the children being part of making a poster and putting it up in the community.

Cooking had been another favourite activity for the children this term, we have made everything from fruit smoothies to soup and cheesecakes to peppermint bark. All so delicious there was none left to send home.

Pentland news!

It has been so good to get back to school again after such a long time away!  The children have been really busy with all their activities and we have had a few sleepy heads by the afternoon some days.  We have introduced some new things on our timetables over the last few weeks as well as exploring some favourite activities too!

Cole has really liked getting time outside again to explore Duntarvie garden, Campsie play area and the sensory garden.  Even the rain didn’t stop him having fun.  He has been working really well on his independent work tasks and is enjoying his favourite rewards after work – the spinning chair and the trampoline.

Megan has loved time in the nursery softplay and running around outside on the soft grass in Duntarvie garden.  She likes our new Sensology group where we explore different resources.  She especially enjoys the smelling tubs just now!  We have added lots of new toys to her free choice box so she has been busy playing with them every morning.

Ruaridh has settled back to the school routine really quickly and has been checking his timetable every morning to see what will be happening.  He has enjoyed our deep pressure massage group a lot, especially the bug massager which he likes to hold against his ear and cheeks.  He has loved softplay too, so much so that he doesn’t want to leave!

Benjamin has been enjoying getting to know his new classmates.  He is having fun exploring softplay and the garden again.  He’s working really well on his TEACCH activities too.  Our afternoon relaxation groups are a real favourite for him as he enjoys lying down and interacting with staff.

Ethan has really enjoyed all our music and movement groups as he loves to dance!  He has been working hard on is work tasks and has taken a real interest in drawing this term which is great.  He likes to relax at our Sensology and Tac Pac groups after a long day.  Time outside is always popular too as he loves exploring the gardens and playground.

Sean has been exploring lots of new activities in class and has been working hard on his TEACCH tasks.  He has enjoyed relaxing in the quiet corner with the bubble tube in between his timetable sessions.  Softplay has been a huge hit too as he loves throwing out all the balls from the ball pit.  Keeps all the staff fit throwing them back in again!

What a busy start to the term!

 

Pentland

Hello everyone, we hope you are all well. We are keeping our fingers crossed for lots more lovely sunshine over the coming weeks.

What a strange ending to our year, it has definitely been a challenge for everyone and I hope you have enjoyed some of the learning activities we have been sending home this term. It has been lovely to see and hear what you have all been up to. Taylor won’t want to come back to school after spending lots of time in her lovely new hot tub and Benjamin has been having lots of fun outside playing with his water tray and on his trampoline. Mollie has been enjoying lots of time out in the garden and Liam and Brendan have been working hard at home. I’m sure Stanley has been having lots of fun with his brothers and sisters at home too.

We can’t wait to welcome you all back to school next term. Hope you all have a lovely summer.

Pentland Team

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?

News from Pentland

We have had such a busy term and we can’t believe the Christmas holidays are almost here.

Our topic this term was Emergency Services, we had lots of fun dressing up as doctors and we had lots of emergencies to attend to! We also enjoyed being police officers and making up our ‘wanted’ posters for all our crimes! We still have lots to do for our topic so will be continuing this after the holidays before moving onto our next topic which is ‘Spring’. Alongside our topic we have been busy with lots of other activities. We have regular opportunities for messy play and sensory art, this gives us the chance to experience lots of different materials and textures and encourages us to use all our senses to explore them. We have enjoyed painting with herbal tea bags, painting on bubble wrap and foil and using frozen paint as well as enjoying using flour, lentils, pasta and water. We especially enjoyed our Halloween messy play where we took apart a pumpkin, it got very messy!! We also had a busy time preparing for Children in Need this term, we went shopping to buy the ingredients we needed to make our Pudsey Plum Pies and did a fantastic job rolling, chopping and mixing. We were lucky enough to have a visit from two beautiful therapy ponies recently and we enjoyed patting them and walking them around the hall, we think they’d make great Beatlie pets! Our most recent excitement was preparing for our Christmas Carnival where we joined Lomond’s marching band, all that’s left is for us to get our party hats on for our party on Wednesday and wish everyone a lovely Christmas and New Year!!