Please have a look at the following SWAY presentation for a glimpse of numeracy day across the early years and school. Remember you can click on photos or videos to make them bigger.
We’ve had another very busy and fun filled term in Hopetoun.
We only had 2 busy bees in class for the first half of the term….
Then after the February break we were joined by 2 more busy bees…
In case you missed it, here’s our Science week video…
We can’t believe there is only one more term to go!
Phew – another term over can you believe it!!
What a great time we have had this term despite all the restrictions. We have been able to fill our time with lots of new and exciting opportunities and experiences.
We have really missed William and Rylie and hope that they will be back to join us soon.
Aria, Luca and Vanessa have been busy working towards their ASDAN and SQA qualifications throughout the term and it has been fantastic to see them build on their skills and show the progress they have made through the different activities they have participated in.
We have tried out new games which has been sooo much fun for both the staff and the children. Our table top games have been a hit with a variety of games played over the term – Scalextrics is the clear favourite when given the choice! We have got some new games to try next term – I wonder what the favourite will be? In PE we also tried out some old and new activities but this term we had it in the class so a little different. This didn’t put off the children and we still had great fun with bowling, parachute and curling to name a few. Next term we will be trying out some different activities in the hall again – maybe outside too if the weather gets better.
We have been making the most of the good weather recently and been going on lots of walks and bike rides around the local area. Aria is helping her aunty to clock up some miles for a sponsored walk she is participating in for Beatlie!
Our gardening project has also been brilliant and all the children have really taken to the different activities involved – we just need to be patient now and see what comes from all of our hard work. We are hoping that after the Easter holidays we will be busy maintaining the garden and harvesting towards the summer.
I could go on and on about all the fantastic work and achievements we have made over the term so have a look at just a few of our photos showing how much fun school can be!
We have been so busy in Glendevon and we can’t believe we’ve reached the end of another term already!
The freezing weather at the start of term was fantastic for our ‘Ice’ project and we explored so many different ways of freezing objects and experimenting with different methods to make them melt such as warm water, salt and the hairdryer. We froze some natural items from the garden, some sparkly bits and pieces we chose from the art cupboard and saw some amazing patterns when we used paint and torches to look closer at our ice blocks. As much fun as that was we are glad things are starting to warm up a bit and we have recently been enjoying doing some fun gardening activities, we planted some lovely flowers to send home and are patiently waiting for our sunflowers to start growing in the sensory garden.
We have also been busy exploring our topics this term, our first one was ‘Around the House’ and we were so busy cleaning, washing, hoovering, sweeping and sorting laundry so there should be lots of helping hands at home now! We’ve been exploring ‘Weather’ as our second topic and have had fun dressing up and choosing what we need to wear in different kinds of weather. Alex managed to dress for a typical day in Scotland prepared for all 4 seasons! We made some colourful kites to fly on windy days which we’ve had plenty of recently.
We hope everyone has a happy and healthy Easter, we have some lovely fun Easter activities planned to finish of our week and are looking forward to seeing everyone after the holidays.
It has been a term like no other in Ochiltree but we have survived and got through it together and hopefully the new year will bring about positive changes for us all.
The children have coped tremendously well over the year and have made some great progress despite all the hurdles that they have faced. We have had a packed timetable despite the restrictions and we have been able to experience more of the outdoors and new activities throughout our day.
We have enjoyed our topic of electricity and the new class jobs that we experienced – using the hoover, microwave and lots of switching toys, tools and utensils.
We have been outside lots – going on walks, litter picks, experiencing different weathers and different environments. We are enjoying looking after the courtyard area of the school and look forward to planting and growing produce we can use in recipes as the year progresses in 2021.
We have had lots of experiences cooking, craft work and games in the classroom which has been fun for everyone getting to know each other and building relationships as they learn to take turns and share with each other. All of the children have made some great personal progress with their independence and target work as well as working on ASDAN and SQA modules which we will continue to update you on in their Learners Journals.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all again soon in 2021.
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Primary education must be free and
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Education must develop every child’s
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for human rights, as well as respect
for their parents, their own and other
cultures, and the environment.
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take part in a wide range of cultural and
This has been a very busy term and we have had lots of fun exploring our topic of ‘My Friends’ through lots of fun activities both indoors and outdoors. We have been playing lots of team games (we have especially enjoyed our outdoor chasing games) and have been doing lots of sharing and turn taking. Through our topic book ‘Rainbow of Friends’ we have been exploring some of the things that make us different from each other along with some of the things we like that are the same.
We’ve also been busy this term working on lots of motor skills during our hall time with Eirini. We have been conquering some new pieces of equipment such as the wobbly bridge and have been doing lots of balancing and stretching using the wombler, giant physio ball, trampoline and the stretchy bands. There has been lots of scooting about the hall on the scooter boards and we are all completely exhausted by the end of the sessions!
We have also been lucky enough this term to take part in a music technology session with Aisling who has put all our recordings together into our very own ‘Glendevon Groove’ which you can hear at the end of the slideshow below, a definite chart topper!
Can you believe that it is time for a holiday again! It has been a very quick term and extremely busy. We are not complaining though and have been so happy to be in work and supporting the children here in school.
As you know we have been enjoying the topic of ‘Storyland’ this term and have had the opportunity to listen and explore the stories: Poo in the Zoo, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Elmer and There’s a Dragon in my Book. It is hard to say but I think our favourite has been ‘There’s a Dragon in my Book’.
We are also enjoying getting outside for lots of different activities making the most of getting some fresh air before it gets too miserable over the winter months. We go for a walk/cycle every couple of days and go out to the playground every day as well as gardening once a week and some outdoor learning when Catherine is in. Catherine has given everyone lots of different sensory experiences looking and using natural resources from the local environment to make perfume from flowers and also some baking with rhubarb from the garden and apples picked from a tree from a very kind neighbour.
Although we are not getting to move around the school as much as we would like we are still managing to hold a virtual assembly with Duntarvie every week and the children love seeing their friends on screen and participate in Fischy Music. Gordon and Aisling are also providing music activities weekly and this is a favourite of everybody in the class especially when we get to play some instruments.
It was fantastic to talk with some of you for our consultations it is just unfortunate we cannot meet in person at the moment but hopefully the day will come before the end of the school session! Fingers crossed you are all able to enjoy a holiday with some freedom and recharge the batteries for Term 2. Maybe get in some walking ready for our sponsored walk!
It is so nice to be back at school and to see everyone who is in Ochiltree this year. We are not seeing too much of anyone else in the school at the moment but hopefully in time we will be able to get together soon.
I hope you all managed to have some kind of summer holiday and enjoyed your time together as a family.
The Ochiltree family has already had a few changes but for the moment the class team consists of:
Sandra (Class Teacher) and Catherine (Teacher), Anna, Gina, Shonet and Jacqueline who are all enjoying supporting and encouraging Luca, Aria, William, Stanley, Rylie and Vanessa.
We have been having a busy start to the term participating and experiencing different activities – Making our Class Charter and our Birthday Display as well as starting our Whole School Topic ‘Story Land’.
It has been great fun and we have enjoyed the stories: ‘Poo in the Zoo’ and ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. There are more stories to come so we are looking forward to what is next.
Have a look at some of the photos of what we have been up to.
Hello from Team Hopetoun, our beautiful little lady and our handsome boys!
What an unusual term this has been!! We would like to say thank you to our children and parents for taking part in the home learning activities and sharing your progress with us through photos and videos. These really made us smile. We had lots of fun down on the farm, meeting the sheep, pigs, chickens and cows and exploring vegetables. We have also taken part in Earth Day, Numeracy Day, a mini Olympics topic with sports challenges, spring activities and a mini butterfly topic. We have been very busy indeed! As we look towards next session we sadly have to say goodbye to two of our children as they move onto the next part of their journey at Pinewood, we wish them all the best as they start on this new adventure! Others are returning to Beatlie Nursery and P1 class and we can’t wait to see them again in August! Wishing you all a fantastic summer break. Stay Safe Team Lammermuir