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.
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!
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!
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!!
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.