Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Special photographs – sgoil àraich, primary and secondary

What is this?

In this activity, children and young people discuss photographs that are special to them.

Your child will be using a positive context in which to improve their creative and personal talking and writing skills. They will engage in the skill of taking notes.

Children and young people should use these ideas to have a conversation with parents/carers, or someone they phone or speak to using a computer.

The activity can be done again with different photographs.

For children at nursery and P1

  • Help your child select photographs that are special to them.
  • In Gaelic, talk with your child about the photographs.

- What can you see in the picture?

- How do you think people who may be in the photographs are feeling?

- Describe what people in the photographs are doing.

- Discuss the reasons that the photographs are special.

For older children

  • As you discuss the photographs, in Gaelic, encourage your child to make some notes about each photograph. Some suggestions are:

- Who is in the photograph?

- Some detail of the occasion or event represented by the photographs.

- When the photographs were taken.

Additional activities for children at P2/P3/P4

  • In Gaelic, talk to you child about the photograph:

- If your child is in the photograph, they could guess how old they were at that time.

- Talk about features of the photograph, such as the clothes people are wearing, where the photograph has been taken.

- Talk about the event connected with the photograph, for example a wedding, school sports.

- As you talk about the photographs, your child will be using a lot of descriptive words (adjectives). Ask your child to make a list of adjectives.

  • Ask your child to write or make a sound file about the photographs, using descriptive words. Encourage them to use their texts the next time they visit a friend.

Additional activities for children at P5/6/7

  • Ask your child to study the photographs for a few minutes. Without viewing the photograph, ask your child to recall the detail on the photographs.
  • As you talk about the photographs, you will be using sentence beginnings that indicate things that have happened (the past tense). Ask your child to make a list of sentence beginnings, which show the past tense. For example, Bha mi, Chunnaic sinn.
  • Talk to you child about one of the photographs and create with them an imaginary story. For example, a photograph from a holiday could develop into a story about being able to stay in that location permanently. Your child could imagine how their life would be different.

Additional activities for young people at S1/S2/S3

  • Ask your child to write an imaginary short story based on the photographs they have been viewing. They should aim to write approximately 200 words. The story should be planned to have a beginning, middle and an end (think about how many words you will need for each part). Use your imagination to develop a relatable character in an interesting situation. Consider what you want the reader to think or feel by the end. In this task, you will develop your creative writing skills and ability to respond to a stimulus.