Holly Class

March 2021

It has been a very short term, but Holly Class have packed a lot in to the last 3 weeks. We have enjoyed learning about space. We have been learning about the planets with our sensory songs, we have been doing space stretching to keep ourselves active and we have done lots of artwork too. We have also been enjoying getting outside now that the weather is a bit warmer. The daffodils we planted last autumn are flowering and everyone was able to take a bunch home. We are going to sow some flower seeds on top of them and so hopefully there will be more flowers for everyone in the summer term.

December 2020

This term Holly have had pets as their topic. We have had lots of stories and songs about dogs, cats, parrots and hamsters. We have made lots of lovely artworks and have had fun with matching activities too. Even though the weather has been getting a bit colder, we have tried to spend as much time outside as we can. We have had hunts in the woods for pictures of pets and have also gathered materials for art and craft activities. To finish off the topic we have decided to raise some funds for the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and have had a stall for staff to buy recycled and upcycled gifts. The best bit was making lots of popcorn using the switch to make the popcorn maker turn on!  The popcorn has been turned into outside garlands for the birds to eat.

March to June 2019

Holly Class have been very busy these past few weeks.

The fun all began with our MOVE Day, when the class celebrated the theme of MOVE in a Fairytale with Cinderella. We were lucky enough to be joined by Cinerella and Prince Charming themselves, too! Holly Class also took their classroom outdoors, so to speak, and took part in a variety of activities for Oaklands’ (hopefully first annual) Outdoor Learning Week! These activities included doing a spot of gardening at North Edinburgh Arts, a story in the woods with storyteller and author Ailie Findlay, outdoor singing with Oaklands PT Clare Warwick, and a pony ride on the beach with Obama the Pony! As we were lucky enough to have such fine weather, we also went outside as much as possible.

Last week, all the pupils in Holly Class had at least one opportunity to attend the Imaginate festival. The shows we saw were Mappamondo, with dancers using natural materials and creative sounds to simulate a dance across the Earth; and Three Legs, where some very acrobatic dancers did a bit of creative balancing.

We shall now settle back into our current topic of Transport with a focus on shapes and the story of Peppa Pig goes to Scotland; and our RME topic of Ramadan. We enjoyed celebrating Eid al-Fitr with a party!



August to October 2018

Holly Class began the year with a bang with visits to the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and were treated to a sensory story featuring the solar system and aliens by James Carter. We also strode on down to the library on a lovely autumn day for a Bag Books workshop, when the pupils were swept away to the fun fair.

Closer to home, the pupils are working on increasing their movement and enjoyment through play both inside and out. They are taking part in a variety of sensory stories, creating autumn and ‘all about me’ artwork, exploring the wonder of the interactive Smartboard, and using switch toys. Moreover, they are using a variety of skills to create their weekly school enterprise treat of Designer Brownies!

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