Cbeebies Justin joins in ‘reels and wheels’

CBeebies character Justin was shown how to do wheelchair Scottish country dancing by youngsters at Isobel Mair School and Family Centre in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire.

The ‘Something Special’ team from CBeebies spent a day filming youngsters at the school making a tartan sash with Justin, and baking shortbread in preparation for a ceilidh.

And the ‘reels and wheels’ wheelchair dancers were also filmed performing two dances to a live ceilidh band.

Mari Wallace the school’s head teacher, said: “Everyone at the school was delighted to welcome Justin and the CBeebies team to Isobel Mair to share our reels and wheels dancing. It was a wonderful experience for all the youngsters.

“Reels and wheels is a rich, sensory experience for our pupils and they really benefit from it. The children love whizzing around to the music in their wheelchairs. And it’s especially good when there is an audience clapping and ‘ooch aying’ – as there are lots of smiles from them. It’s also a good keep fit work out for the staff who are pushing the wheelchairs!”

East Renfrewshire’s only school for children with additional support needs caters for 132 pupils ranging from three to 18 years. It recently underwent a £12million refurbishment.

Youngsters at the school have been enjoying wheelchair dancing in the weekly ‘reels and wheels’ sessions for eight years. During this time, they have performed for Prince Edward and Pixie Lott and entertained older people in local churches.

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