Hello everyone and welcome back! Although it’s been so long since we have all been together we have all settled in as if we’ve never been away. We’ve had lots of fun getting to know our new staff team, new friends and for some a new room. We have wasted no time getting stuck into lots of messy play, outdoor play, gardening and music and are getting used to our new timetables and routines. This term our topic is Storyland and we have lots of exciting activities and stories to explore and enjoy.
Our topic this term was Emergency Services and we had fun exploring this in lots of different ways. We were lucky enough to have a visit from the Fire Service and the Police and we wasted no time getting dressed up and climbing on board, the fire hose was by far a favourite for most! We used our senses in science to explore making our very own fire with vinegar and washing up liquid then had to use our squeezey bottles to put out our overflowing fires. We also set up our own hospital and with the help of some very thorough investigations there were all sorts of diagnoses made from sore heads to broken legs and treatments given out! We experienced lots of sounds associated with emergency vehicles and had fun with some remote control and switch vehicles racing around the school looking for emergencies (although we did cause a few emergencies of our own from crashing into people!)
Messy play is always an important part of our learning and we take lots of opportunities to explore this. We use both wet and dry materials and this term we have explored smells, textures and temperatures e.g. painting with frozen paint, puffy paint and fruity teabags. And of course there is always good old fashioned water play which is always a hit!
Some of our pupils have had the opportunity to have a block of gymnastics at Astro Gym, there has been lots of climbing, rolling, jumping and balancing with lots of new equipment to explore and opportunities to work on co-ordination and control. In school we have all had lots of fun trying out the trikes.
All in all a very busy although short term. We look forward to seeing everyone back safe and healthy.
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!
There are a few classes in the school who are covering the topic of ‘people who help us’ and ’emergency services’ so we thought it would be a great idea to invite some of these fantastic people to visit the school and make it a whole school event for anyone to come and see them.
2 weeks ago we had a visit from the community police and they were fantastic! we had so much fun and interaction with Paul and Ollie who were so good with the children.
Last week we then had a visit from the local fire brigade – Blue Watch! Again they were fantastic and cannot thank Ross Duffy and the crew enough for all they did for the children and I must admit we had lots of fun too! We look forward to seeing them again in the future.
We would love it if we could get a visit from a paramedic – if you or if you know someone who is a paramedic who could give up some of their time to visit us we would love to see you. If anyone has an ambulance parked in their driveway the children would love to see that to!
Beatlie School is participating in this years Wriggly Litter Less Campaign.
We have been awarded a grant which we put to good use and bought a ‘handy cart’ with the grant – this can be used by any of the children to help when out and about in the community when participating in litter picks.
In order to achieve the second part of the grant, we need to carry out 4 litter picks between now and the end of April.
We made a great start and everyone in the school made great efforts to clean the local environment of litter!
You can click on the link for further information on the campaign. There are also lots of photos showing the great commitment and ethics of the school on litter.
Love is always all around in Beatlie but there was a special effort made last week as we celebrated National Hug Day. Challenges were set and clues followed to track down pupils and staff across the school to share hugs, handshakes, high 5’s and fistbumps. We also had different textured ‘hug hotspots’ to find and explore.
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!!
This year’s Edinbrugh’s Children’s Hospital Charity bridge swing is to celebrate all things Halloween, Lisa Calder – Duncan’s mum is dressing up in her spookiest costume and swinging from the UK’s first permanent bridge swing at night, which takes place near the famous site of the Battle of Killiecrankie.
A specially constructed swing platform is suspended below the Garry Bridge over the beautiful River Garry near Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire, Scotland. It is perched above a dramatic gorge surrounded by ancient trees. The site is operated from the visitor centre in Killiecrankie.
The Highland Fling bridge swing offers a bridge swing experience from a specially designed swing platform 40 metres above the River Garry.
If you would like to sponsor Lisa in this brilliant action for raising funds for a very worthable cause, please send in any monies in a sealed envelope addressed to Duncan – Glendevon by Friday 25th October.
Throughout this term Lomond have been busy enjoying the outdoors. We have been splashing in puddles, playing in the grass, throwing stones into the river and climbing trees (very carefully!). We were also lucky with the weather during our trips to visit Polkemmet, Beecraigs and Muiravonside Country Parks.