Although our Christmas plans have been a little different this year we have still managed to enjoy all the usual festivities some of which you can see below. We have been busy transforming our classroom into a cosy winter space and we enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch all together in the classroom with sparkly lights and Christmas music. We had lots of fun practicing our performance which we’re sure you will all love and we especially enjoyed watching Jack and the Beanstalk on the big screen in the hall, there was lots of booing, shouting and laughing. We have listened to lots of different Christmas stories and songs and had fun playing some festive games like ‘throw the hoop on the reindeer’ and ‘snowman skittles’. We had the best messy play ever with hot chocolate powder, marshmallows and scooshy cream and we had fun going out a jingle bell walk, I’m sure we woke up most of our neighbours with the noise we made! We surprised Carol, Debbie and Debbie by sneaking up on them and bombarding them with pretend snowballs, they were pretty impressed by our aim! We finished the term off with a party with lots of dancing and a visit from our very own Beatlie Santa so we are definitely now all ready for the big day to arrive.
We wish all our families a lovely Christmas break and look forward to welcoming everyone back in the new year.
Ochiltree have been busy Elves over the last couple of weeks – having fun and working hard.
We all enjoyed our Christmas crafts and artwork that we worked hard on although really enjoyed looking at all our pictures while putting the calendar together.
We also enjoyed the pantomime despite it being virtual it was like we were there!
Our Christmas party was really fun – we enjoyed playing pass the parcel, corners game and dancing to party music before Santa came to visit and give us all a gift.
Despite everything that is going on in the world around us we have not let it dampen our spirits in Ochiltree!
MERRY CHRISTMAS from all your friends in Ochiltree. xx
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Education must develop every child’s
personality, talents and abilities to the
full. It must encourage the child’s respect
for human rights, as well as respect
for their parents, their own and other
cultures, and the environment.
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Every child has the right to relax, play and
take part in a wide range of cultural and
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!
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!!