Learning out of the Classroom
At Carronhill we are very lucky to have some fantastic facilities and opportunities to help our pupils get the most out of their school experience.
In 2014 our playground was refurbished through Grounds for Learning. This area provides a safe environment for the pupils to explore, learn and have fun. Our hobbit house was added in 2018, which pupils enjoy using as an outdoor classroom.
The Friends of Carronhill bought specially adapted bikes for our pupils to use and these have proved to be immensely popular.
We have a hydrotherapy/swimming pool in our school which the primary classes use for weekly swimming lessons. In addition, some pupils access the pool for hydrotherapy sessions. Pupils in our secondary department use the pool at Stonehaven Leisure Centre for weekly swimming lessons and some pupils access Portlethen swimming pool for their swimming lessons.
Our sensory room is very popular. It was refurbished in October 2018 – please see more information on the sensory room renovation page.
Learning in the community is a very important part of our curriculum. Each class accesses the local community on a weekly basis to help put their learning into context, whether helping grow fruit and vegetables at our allotment with the help of Richard a volunteer who helps tend to the allotment, or using a shopping list and money to buy ingredients for their snacks. This is made possible by the Friends of Carronhill who provided our blue wheelchair-accessible minibus and the Aberdeen Drilling School who have provided us with our white minibus on long-term loan.
We also use the minibuses to transport our pupils to various locations where they can develop skills out of the classroom environment. Pupils from both the Primary and Secondary departments enjoy horse riding through the Riding for the Disabled Association at Belwade Farm. Other pupils have been taking part in carriage riding and horse grooming at the Maryculter Carriage Driving Centre.
Carronhill pupils are very lucky to have access to two forms of musical input during the school week. They have weekly Kodaly lessons with Mrs. Okumu and music lessons with Abi from Drake Music Scotland.