Education Scotland has developed the St Andrew’s Day Challenge to encourage schools to take part in a variety of learning opportunities about Scotland by using the country’s national day on 30 November as a background for learning.
The St Andrew’s Day Challenge, which was created by Education Scotland’s Scots Languages Co-ordinators, provides schools with a number of different activities to capitalise on learners’ curiosity about their country, to deepen their learning about Scottish culture and history in subjects such as Expressive Arts, Literacy and Social Studies.
The Scots Language Coordinators have produced a list of seven activities, which are available on the St Andrew’s Day page on the Education Scotland website, for meaningful learning about Scotland. The activities can be incorporated into lessons throughout the month in the run up to the national day on 30 November.
The St Andrew’s Day Challenge includes:
1. Enter a competition to write a biography of Alexander Fleming in Scots;
2. Find out what schools and local place-names in the surrounding community and area Scots or Gaelic names means in English; Teachers are encouraged to learn Gaelic with their pupils, with a host of information on Gaelic language and culture within the new 1+2 languages resources, Go Gaelic!
3. Choose a Scottish song, sign and record the performance by individuals or the whole class;
4. Learn Scottish poetry and recite it in front of an audience;
5. Choose a Scottish picture book and read it to a group of young learners;
6. Ask learners to write a paragraph about themselves in Scots;
7. Ask learners to create their own Oor Wullie comic strip
In addition to the St Andrew’s Day Challenge, Education Scotland is also sponsoring a debate for young people at Scottish Parliament. The St Andrew’s Day Debate sees school pupils teamed with university debaters to take part in a series of debates about various topics throughout the day. The debaters will progress through heats over the course of the day, with the two winning teams facing off in a final at the main chamber of the Parliament that evening.
Alan Armstrong, Education Scotland’s Strategic Director for School Years, said: “What better way to celebrate our country’s national day on 30th November than by encouraging learners to engage and explore Scotland’s rich variety of culture, traditions and history through the St Andrew’s Day Challenge.
“The Challenge provides a range of fun, exciting activities that will deepen and enhance learners’ knowledge of Scotland by using St Andrew’s Day as a rich context for learning that can be used across a host of different curriculum areas including literacy, social studies and expressive arts.”
Further information about the St Andrew’s Day Challenge can be found on the St Andrew’s Day web-page with helpful resources and information also available on the Scots Language Blether on Glow.