Last Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Planning my day to develop my fluency in Gaelic - early years to secondary

What is this?

In this learning activity, parents/carers and children plan the day’s learning to include activities in Gaelic. It is helpful for children’s fluency to speak Gaelic every day. Please see additional advice here. It is important for your child to continue to have a positive attitude to learning at home, so please do what you can.

Younger children may draw their plans, while older children may write on paper or use the computer, for example.

At the end of each day, children and young people should go back to their plan to talk/write about what went well in their day. This conversation can be with parents/carers. It can also be with someone you phone or speak to using your computer.

This activity may be done daily to help keep a regular focus on using Gaelic.

To plan your day’s learning, here are some ideas for you to consider.

  • Include what interests you from Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s internet channel:
  • Include what you may watch on BBC Alba and listen to from Radio nan Gàidheal.
  • Include what is available by e-Sgoil.
  • Choose learning activities from Scotland Learns.
  • Remember to make time for daily exercise and wellbeing.
  • Include any routines you may have, for example the time that you get-up in the morning, when you have your meals, relax, read and play games.

Sgoil Àraich/nursery

  • With your child, talk about what you will be doing today. Ask your child to draw pictures to show what they will be doing. As you talk use Gaelic.


  • Draw a picture to show what you are planning to do today.
  • If you can, write the name of each activity, or a sentence to tell what you will be doing. Use as many Gaelic words and phrases as you can.
  • Remember to use capital letters and full stops.
  • Ask an adult or brother/sister to help you with any tricky words you would like to use.


  • In your plan for today, write in Gaelic, or record what you will be doing. Read out aloud what you have written.
  • Remember to use punctuation (capital letters, full stops, commas, question marks, exclamation marks).
  • Ask an adult or brother/sister to help you with any tricky words.
  • Read over your work. Can you make it even better?


  • In writing up a plan for today, decide how you will set it out.
  • Think of any special reminders, for example telling your parent/carer when you will be going on the internet.
  • Use punctuation correctly (capital letters, full stops, commas, question marks, exclamation marks).
  • Read over your work. What do you need to do to make it even better?

When you have followed through your plan:

  • Describe how your day went.
  • Describe what you enjoyed and give a reason.
  • Use a range of Gaelic vocabulary and sentence beginnings and endings.


  • As you compile your plan, think of any special arrangements you might need to make, for example, any equipment you may need and any safety arrangements you should consider.
  • Within your Gaelic writing, use punctuation correctly, including to convey meaning and enhance writing, for example, inverted commas, colons and semi-colons.
  • Check your work, including spelling and grammar.

As you reflect on your day’s activities and plan:

  • Describe how your day went, including how you felt.
  • Ensure you are using a range of Gaelic vocabulary and grammar.
  • Use a variety of sentence beginnings.