World Down Syndrome Today – Tuesday 21st March 2017
The staff and children took part in World Down Syndrome Day today and wore odd socks to school. We tried to write with socks on our hands as this is what it can feel like when people with Down Syndrome write. It was also mad Scientist hair do day and we all came to school with silly hair dos! What fun!
This term we are off on a magical adventure through our new topic “Magic Carpet Rides”. We have already learned a little bit more about Scotland and Robert Burns and have experienced Chinese New Year through a multi sensory approach; smelling incense, tasting Chinese food and acting out a Chinese dragon dance. Other countries we hope to visit include India, Egypt, Latvia, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Antarctica. The whole school are learning about Global Citizenship so children might learn about even more countries in their mainstream classes.
We continue to visit Walkers every week where the children are taught to bee responsible for their own money and order what they would like from the counter. Some children from Doreen’s class are doing the weekly Morrison’s shop this term, learning how to read a shopping list and find the items needed, as well as paying for the shopping and packing the bags. Children in Alison’s class help the adults to prepare, set up and serve snack.
This term has been super busy! We started by learning about Halloween and Guy Fawkes and made crafts and created artwork related to this. We all enjoyed the Halloween discos and parties – thanks to the PTA for organising this once again.
Soon it was time to think about Christmas and the Christmas Fayre. As well as the very successful Christmas Cakes which we have made and sold in previous years, this year we also made snowman shaped bird feeders and snowman hot chocolate. On the night, the stall was quite busy and we raised lots of money for Learning Centre funds.
We have been out and about lots this term. Weekly, we have visited Walkers Cafe for cake and a drink – the costs of this were met by a generous donation from Western Ferries. We were also invited to the High Kirk for their Christmas Tree Festival and were very well looked after while we were there.
Christmas preparations are also underway and we have been busy practising “The Nativity” ready to perform to our parents and friends at the end of term. We have been sent one of Santa’s elves, named Scout, who has been keeping an eye on us! He’s also been getting up to lots of nonsense in the class …. We wrote letters to Santa and posted them to him, hopefully they arrive just in time!
2016 / 2017 – Term 1
What a busy term we have had! Our topic this term has been “Our Class” and we have been getting to know each other and the new members of staff in our classroom. We also welcomed a new pupil.
In Literacy, we focused on personal writing and tried to write our weekly news independently. We are also learning to use connectives to join two sentences together.
In Maths and Numeracy, we have been learning about place value with 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers (as appropriate). We also revised simple 2D shapes and introduced other shapes like pentagons, hexagons and octagons.
We enjoyed weekly trips to Morrisons to shop for the snack supplies and we have all had the opportunity to prepare snack for all the children in the Learning Centre. We have also been for walks around town, to explore the Castle Gardens and to the swing park.
Next term, we will experience some Halloween activities and then start to prepare for the Christmas Fayre and the Nativity. We had hoped to open a whole school tuck shop but this is still at the planning stages.
We hope you enjoy looking at the photographs of what we have been learning this term.
Outdoor learning with Mrs Walker 2015-16