Playing scales on the glockenspiels in Yellow Class
The children have had fun singing about Halloween (5 Little Pumpkins and Hairy Scary Castle) and the different coloured Autumn leaves falling from the trees. Turn-taking and playing on cue featured and playing scales with glockenspiels and bells.
Heading towards Christmas, the Primary classes worked on the nativity songs for the Wriggly Nativity, including signing the words. The Nativity performance was wonderful and the children did really well.
Thanks to all the staff for supporting the practice, rehearsals and performance itself. The children all did really well and weren’t phased by the occasion.
Destressing with music
Destressing and relaxing with scarves and quiet music in Group 8
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 during December in Group 8 and Group 10, we took time to create a calm musical experiences. With the lights low and coloured scarves and blankets out, it was a time to draw breath and be calm with no sensory overload.
Some of this was also included in other classes throughout the school. It was a great success and complements other sensory work that takes place throughout the school. Definitely one to revisit any time of year.
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 to work on their National Qualifications too and build on their good work as we head into the New Year.
Secondary pupils had a very poignant assembly, remembering the soldiers who fought for our country. They all designed their own poppies, and at assembly, put them together to create a giant poppy, which we’ll display at the front of the school. Well done to Mary for leading the remembrance prayer and too all the pupils who made the lovely artwork.
Pinewood School Choir entertained visitors to Edinburgh Airport this week. They sang Christmas songs for almost two hours and raised over £500 for charity in the process, including a £250 donation from the Airport. The Charity Committee in school will now decide where the money goes. They did a wonderful job, well done to all.
The secondary choir are very excited about their visit to Edinburgh Airport today. We will be proud to represent our school and sing for all the visitors at the airport. We will post some photographs later.
We had a lovely visit from Karen from NYCOS who came to work with some primary classes. She brought lots of exciting resources like puppets and stretchy material to sing songs with. The boys and girls in Class 1 and Class 4 worked so well together, here are some of the pictures from our workshop: