What songs, stories, dance steps and seasonal customs should every child in Scotland know? What belongs to them regardless of origin, culture or language? Here is a perfect starting point from which parents, teachers and youth organisations can build their own local collections.
Whit sangs, tales an dauncin culd we gie ilka bairn in Scotlan fir a richt guid handsel? Tae stert oot wi as a smidgin, a wee seed whilk micht graw intae muckle trees o pleisur an wunner. Here’s a wee mindin tae begin wi fir aabody, reidy tae yaise an free tae aa.
Dè na h-òrain, sgeulachdan, dannsaichean, agus cleachdaidhean tradaiseanta nan ràithean, air am bu chòir do gach leanabh no pàiste ann an Alba a bhith eòlach? Dè tha buntainn leotha as bith cò às a tha iad, no dè an cultar no an cànan a th' aca?
Make Scotland a society where every primary child feels welcome and at home, growing in confidence and an outward looking zest for life.
Curated by storyteller Bea Ferguson, singer Christina Stewart and dancer Mats Melin, this multimedia resource includes text, video and audio and encourages the user to pick and choose which elements are best suited to their situation, with material that can be catered towards different ages to enhance engagement and enjoyment. The resource is broadly targeted towards 6 - 9 year olds but has flexibility on both ends.
The following stories are listed in order of age appropriateness, from young to older.
In this resource, storyteller and Director of TRACS, Donald Smith, takes us through a range of Scottish and multicultural seasonal customs, suggesting simple yet effective ways one can encourage enjoyment and participation through recognising small changes in the seasons.
Traditional Gaelic and Scots singer Christina Stewart has selected and recorded a core set of songs in this section of the resource.
There are many varieties of traditional dance alive in Scotland at the moment, and some may seem to be quite distinct from others. However, in this video traditional dance expert Mats Melin demonstrates a few core steps that can be transferred to a variety of more specific styles - a perfect introduction for young children!