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Oaklands wins at the edinburgh festival!

We are absolutely delighted to let you know that a group of pupils at Oaklands have won the award for ‘Most Impactful Film’ as part of the Edinburgh and Lothians Schools Film Competition.

The Oaklands film, Who We Are, made as part of our Our Edinburgh programme last year was enrolled into this year’s Edinburgh and Lothians Schools Film Competition, which runs as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

The film was made by Beech and Spruce Classes and their staff teams and explored life in Edinburgh for young people at Oaklands.

You can watch the short film by following the link below.

https://www.screen-ed.org/who-we-are

oaklands christmas show!

Spreading a little Christmas joy your way, Team Oaklands style!

I’m sure you’ll want to watch the whole show, but if you’re looking for someone in particular, here is a breakdown of the show and its times

Intro and PINE Class ‘The Owl Flies High – Shadow Puppets’

9.50 ASPEN Class ‘Sky Full of Stars’

16.16 WILLOW Class ‘Snowflake Dance’

21.49 HOLLY Class ‘Watch out for the Snowballs!’

26.16 BEECH Class ‘Vivaldi’s Raging Storm’

31.35 ROWAN Class ‘The Winter Trees’

36.26 LITTLE ACORNS ‘The Dance of the Owlettes’

42.30 Thanks

Farewell from Music Meg

We were so sad to say goodbye to our wonderful Music Meg yesterday as she moves on to her next adventure, closer to home, in Devon.

Meg’s influence and talent has impacted on all our lives over the last three years and we will miss her so much.

From our first ever Oaklands School choir and their performances at the Queen’s Hall, to wonderful projects on The Lion King with Disney and the world’s most insanely catchy tunes, which are heard ringing out from every classroom at Oaklands!

Meg, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!

 

In true Meg style, she’s left us with a song, which we thought you might enjoy.

 

Welcome Back!

We are looking forward to welcoming our pupils back to school!

Wednesday: Secondary pupils only – NO PRIMARY PUPILS

Thursday: Primary pupils only – NO SECONDARY PUPILS

Friday onward – ALL PUPILS BACK

To help your child understand that they are going back to school, and to help prepare them, please let them see you packing their school bag, and laying out their school uniform.

If your child understands and uses objects to communicate, give them their school jumper and school bag to touch and see.

If your child understands photos – show them the photo of school.

If your child understands symbols – show them the symbol for school.

If it is hard for you to show your child the photo/symbol on your phone/tablet, then please call and leave a message for Speech and Language Therapy on 0131 315 8106 – we can send out a paper one.

The SignAlong sign for school is…

(flat hand – fingers and thumb together – in front of chin – make a wee circle)

Let’s Get Ready for Core Words!

Just when you thought you’d seen it all from our wonderful Team Oaklands staff. Get your hairbrush microphones ready and get singing!…

Thanks to (in order) Dyanne, Angela, Ruby, Jack, Jill, Nicky, Michelle B, Jen, Clare W, Clare AY, Annie and music guru extraordinaire, Meg!

Get The Popcorn Out!

We made some more videos!

Here is a link to one which was a real team effort with special mention to Jackie and her kids demoing the activities, and some other family members on camera crew / direction…

https://vimeo.com/402605568/description

 

New video: SignAlong for handwashing!

Here is a video to help you and your child learn a few new SignAlong signs as you wash those hands AGAIN and AGAIN!

You don’t need to use all the signs – just one or two at a time – at the right level for your child.

Don’t forget our washing hands song signifier… and remember to wash for at least 20 seconds!

From Annie and Nicky (Speech and Language Therapy; contact us via Nicky’s work mobile 07779967313 during the school closures)

HELP us with our Core Words!

Our new Core Word of the month is “help”!

It’s a really important skill to learn to confidently ask for help when you need it… but first the children will needs lots of practise to become familiar with the sign and symbol for “help”.

Please look out for the “help” postcards coming home tomorrow and watch our video to learn how to sign “help” with your child at home…