Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh

31 Jan 2018
Burns’ Day in the Nursery

Hairy haggis 250wThere were plenty of activities taking place across the nursery this week to mark Burns’ Day. We warmly welcomed Mrs Watson back to Nursery to 'address the haggis'. With passionate gestures and varying voice patterns, she captivated the children’s attention as she read Burns' poem both in Scots and in English.

In the Ducklings, some children chose to join Miss McGregor for some Scottish-themed baking; shortbread and blueberry scones. Some children joined Mrs Beccy for Scottish dancing and then went to Miss Turid and Miss Arwen to create their own colourful, individual paper tartans at the craft table.

The Little Owls learnt some Scottish words and rhymes and listened to stories and bagpipe music. My Love is like a Red, Red Rose...In the art area, the children were interested in designing and creating salt dough red, red roses with Mrs Cate.

After the address to the haggis, the children enjoyed tasting haggis, neeps and tatties and then they enjoyed a story about ‘Hamish and the Hairy Haggis’, read by Mrs Watson. The children have also been enjoying hearing 'The Guffalo in Scots', 'The Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie' and 'Katie's Coo'. The Little Owls also sang Scottish songs and rhymes; ‘Oh ye cannae shove yer Granny aff a bus’, ‘Three craws sat upon a wall’, ‘Katie Bairdie’ and ‘Wee Willie Winkie’. The children participated well in a Scottish ballet lesson with Miss Arwen, learning a highland dance step, the Pas de Basque.

Over at the independent snack area, the children were encouraged to enjoy a taste of Scotland. Miss Broadfoot and the children organised some Scottish foods over the course of the week: oatcakes, shortbread, tattie scones and of course some yummy haggis.

The Big Owls talked about Rabbie’s life and had the opportunity to listen to some of his most famous poems such as 'Auld Lang Syne’. As part of our Scottish celebrations, the girls made Scottish flags and tartan patterns, danced to the music of bagpipes and listened to Scottish poems in the library. Their word of the week was the Scottish word for good, “braw”. By the end of the week, the Big Owls were chatting about “braw” choices and “braw” ideas!

The Big Owl girls created an enormous thistle for their playroom door made out of their hand prints. On Burns’ Day, the girls enjoyed listening to Mrs Hay reading a traditional Scottish story, ‘The Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie’ and happily shared their thoughts around the story of the ‘Wild Haggis’. Their day did not end there though! The girls loved listening to some Primary 5 girls singing the ‘Red Red Rose’ by Rabbie Burns and reciting a few other of his poems. Thank you to Matilda, Bella, Deepti and Annabel!

What better way to finish a Scottish morning than by eating haggis, neeps and tatties! On their outdoor learning morning, the girls gathered around the fire and chatted about all the things that they remembered from that week.

What a great Scottish week we all had!
  

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