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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

#RSNOchallenge 1 – Create a Samba Band

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!

Posted by Royal Scottish National Orchestra on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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!!

             

   

Children in Need

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.

https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/fundraising/the-duck-race-sweepstake/

Pentland

Hello from Pentland

Term three was a very busy term. We had lots of fun creating outfits for our valentine’s fashion show. We cut up old nighties and  an old blanket. We tie dyed the nighties and shirts and painted patterns on them and added some hearts. Old shorts were decorated too. Colourful socks and hats finished off our unique fashion statement! Unused clothes went to the recycle box.

For odd sock day we made very cute little monsters. There were lots of activities for fair trade fortnight and we finished by making a video. We had to sing a song about Pablo the banana. We made it into a rap which the children loved.

We have a link with a school in Bangladesh so we celebrated their new year at assembly.

Pentland – walking, planting and enjoying fresh air

Hello from Pentland

Last term was very busy. We were doing lots of walking, exercises and activities outside. This term we’re continuing our daily walks and we’re out for playtime every day too.

We recently joined a local tree planting group in the park. It was quite a long walk there and back. We had to dig a hole plant the little tree, put in a support cane then cover it with protective tubing. We planted two trees then it was time to get back to school for lunch.

Pentland’s Shoe Share

Hello from Pentland.

A huge thank you to everyone who sent in shoes for our shoe share project. We collected 137 pairs of shoes of all styles and sizes. The children in Pentland did a great job of pairing and bagging them. We took them to Clarks in Livingston centre. The staff were delighted. So far this year £126ooo has been raised to help get more children across the world, into school.