Hello everyone. What a strange time we’re all going through. It was a sad finish to term three. As always it was a busy term. We were doing all our regular groups, going out to play, going for walks and visiting the shop and library. Some of our children went swimming and two went horse riding for the first time, and they loved it. Our children always enjoy our bag groups – Interactive story bag – The Three Little Pigs, anticipation bag and song bag. They’re always engaged and participate well and have favourites when choosing a song. We’ve also seen some great indicating for their turn, using their switch or by signing me. We also got some new switching toys and the children had a great time trying them out. We did lots of lovely art work including some for our coffee morning. We also made some yummy cake and biscuits using fair trade ingredients. I hope you’re all managing to keep busy and are enjoying some of the activities that have been posted here and in the learning journals. It would be lovely if we get back to some normality soon, but I think it’s going to take longer then we hope. I’m missing the children but the main thing is for you all to keep safe and well. Take care Helen 😊
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.
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!
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.
The children have had fun singing about Halloween (5 Little Pumpkins and Hairy Scary Castle), rain and the different coloured Autumn leaves falling from the trees. Turn-taking and playing on cue featured and playing scales with chime bars, boomwhackers and bells. Lomond had The Band as a topic, so we also played some games, marching, moving and playing together.
Sensory music for Christmas
Christmas can be a lovely time for the children, but with lots of changes in school and out, it can also be busy and stressful, which I am sure many would agree with. So in December we took time to create a calm musical space.
With the lights out and seasonal lights on, we created a dark den and freely explored different instruments together, with a focus on 1-1 interactions.
It was a great success and equally popular with the staff, too. Definitely one to revisit any time of year.
Scottish songs and music
Next term we will focus on Scottish music and on putting stories and music together. There will be some old favourites and some ceilidh dancing to get us warmed up on the cold winter days.
The seniors will continue working on their National Qualifications too as we head into the New Year.
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!!
We have had a fantastic start to our new school year and have been busy getting to know some new friends and settling into our new classroom. We have been enjoying lots of different activities and experiences, some very messy!
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.
A group of secondary children- Andrew, Nathan, Amy, Emily and Lauren visited Harlaw visitors centre in the Pentland hills this week. The regional park have created lovely accessible paths for wheelchair users around the Pentland hills. We went for a lovely walk around the reservoir, exploring the nature around us, very beautiful. Nathan especially enjoyed looking around on the walk around the reservoir.
The children also helped to make a bug hotel using a drill and took part in pond dipping too. We found a newt and a few other creatures too. Lauren was not impressed by our catch lol! However she enjoyed watching her friends. Amy laughed and giggled the whole time she was using the net to catch the pond life and didn’t want to let go of it! Andrew and Emily were very interested in helping to make the bug hotel. Andrew was focused using the drill and Emily loved listening to the sound of the drill. This would be a wonderful place for other classes and their families to visit. A round trip around the reservoir takes about an hour to walk.