Celebrating St Andrew’s Day with a focus on Gaelic Language and Culture

As St. Andrew’s Day 2015 approaches, many schools will be thinking about how best to incorporate some studying of Scotland in the curriculum. Why not use St. Andrew’s day as a way of encouraging some deeper learning about Gaelic language and culture? Education Scotland has put together some suggestions which will deepen and enhance learners’ knowledge of Scotland and its languages. For these, visit the St Andrew’s Day site for details.

In addition, our website, Studying Scotland has a wealth of information on Scotland’s history, culture, heritage as well as Scotland’s place in the world. This includes learning and teaching ideas to help children and young people appreciate the meaning of placenames and the role of the Gaelic language in shaping these. These resources have been developed in partnership with the Scottish Toponymy in Transition project, University of Glasgow and support the curriculum from early to fourth level.

Education Scotland’s website Scotland’s Songs has a range of Gaelic songs that are suitable for a range of ages.

Stòrlann’s website Go! Gaelic has resources which may be used to help children and young people to learn some Gaelic. The resources on this website are designed for teachers who may have little previous knowledge of Gaelic. If teachers wish, they may use the information on this website to plan Gaelic (Learners) as the first or second additional language as part of a 1+2 Approach to languages.

For further advice on Gaelic in the curriculum, please visit Education Scotland websites for Gaelic (Learners), Literacy and Gàidhlig, Gaelic Education, The Role of Gaelic in a 1+2 Approach and Gaelic Education: Summary of Key Resources.

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