On Monday 30th March we had a trip to Alloway in Ayr – the birthplace of Robert Burns.
When we got there we were split into 2 groups. Our group went to the Burns Museum first whilst the others went to the Burns Cottage.
The museum was very interesting as there were lots to see and do. There was video playing the poem Tam O’ Shanter; a shadow picture booth that you could put your e-mail address in and get the picture sent to you; a huge interactive play board which you could play different games on; there also was a Lego man of Robert Burns that cost £75!!!
After we finished exploring the museum we went to the shop just outside and bought some things.
When everyone had finished in the shop a tour guide came and took us around the important sights in the area. First we saw the Robert Burns memorial. It had real gold at the top of it. Next we went to the Brig O’ Doon. This is the bridge that is mentioned in one of Burns most popular poems – Tam O’Shanter. Some of us pretended to be townspeople or witches from Tam O’ Shanter and a couple of people were Tam and Meg. We re-enacted an extract from the poem. It was fun.
When we finished at the bridge we went to the Kirk Alloway where Robert’s Dad, William Burnes, was buried and where the church from Tam O’ Shanter was set. It was really good to see.
On our way to Burns Cottage we passed through a path next to a field. There were a lot of different statues and special plaques to commemorate Robert Burns. There was also a giant mouse from ‘ To a Mouse.’
When we finally got to Burns Cottage we got to explore the cottage dressed up in clothes that would have been worn at the times of Burns.
The visit was very good and exciting we would love to go back. It has helped to expand our knowledge on Robert Burns. We enjoyed it very much.
In class all term we have been learning about the Scottish poet Robert Burns. As well as completing a personal project about him we also planned a Burns Supper. The Aileymilll Burns Supper was held on Thursday 26th March at 6.30pm. When we arrived we took our guests into the school dining room and then we asked them if they wanted a drink. There were lots of people there talking and talking photographs. Many of the girls were taking selfies. Everyone looked really smart. The boys all wore kilts and the girls had on their smartest school uniform. Most of the guests entered the hall first and then the top table was piped in by our piper (Billy McCready) . Once everyone was in the hall the chairman (Robert) introduced the top table. The piper then piped in the haggis and Anissa said the poem “Address To A Haggis”. She then used a knife the cut the haggis open. We then sat down to our food for the night. We had broth soup for a starter. After that we had haggis, turnip and potatoes followed with shortbread and a cup of tea/coffee. There were 3 speeches during the night – The Immortal Memory, Toast Tae The Lassies and Reply To The Toast Tae The Lassies. Matthew, Jason, Chloe, Scott, Kayla and Katrina all worked very hard on these. They were fantastic! Primary 7 provided the entertainment on the evening. We recited an extract of the poem Tam O’ Shanter, and all of the poem “Such A Parcel Of Rogues In A Nation. We also sang two songs – Ae Fond Kiss and Ye Jacobites. Some of the class had been practising a country dance called “Burns Night” which they performed on the night too. To end the evening everyone sang “Auld Lang Syne”. It was a night that we will not forget.
By Craig and Nathan
Every year in school we have a Scottish Poetry Competition. Each class chooses a Scottish poem to learn. Primary 6 and 7 must learn a Burns poem. We are given some time to learn the poem at home and then we have to perform it in front of our classmates. Our teacher judges our poems and decides which pupils will go forward to the whole school competition.
In our class we had 4 finalists – Chloe, Megan, Abby and Scott. On Thursday the 19th of March the finalists from P4-7 went down from their class and sat at the side until it was their turn to recite their poem. There were a number of different poems performed. Some recited an extract of Tam O’Shanter, Willie Wastle, Up in the Morning Early, Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation, Michael, Heron and Address to a Dinner Ticket. Many of our parents came to watch us perform It was a great afternoon.
Well done to all the competitors.
By Scott Crumlish
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