Last Updated: Monday, April 25, 2022

Languages - primary

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This activity encourages your child to explore their knowledge of Scots and other languages.

For children at nursery and P1

  • You might enjoy singing familiar songs and rhymes with your child. Does your child have a favourite that you sing over and over again together?
  • Have you ever thought about introducing a traditional Scots song or rhyme? Fun rhymes like ‘Bee Baw Babbity’, ‘Ally Bally Bee’ and ‘Katie Bairdie’ have been sung on sunny days across Scotland for generations. You can find the words and listen to some Scots rhymes and songs here:
  • You might know other songs and rhymes in different languages that you can share and enjoy with your child. For example, the French nursery rhyme Frère Jacques.

For children at P2/P3/P4

  • Are there other Scots words that you and your child can think of? This activity works for any language – so you may wish to change it to French, Spanish, Urdu, Punjabi or any other language your child may know or have been learning in school.
  • Here are some common Scots words from the Scottish Book Trust’s ‘Nation’s favourite Scots word list’. Encourage your child to write the English word next to each one:





















  • You may wish to expand the activity and word list to parts of the body by performing ‘Heid, Shooders, Knees an Taes’ in Scots like the class in this video:

For children at P5/P6/P7

  • Are there Scots language words that your child knows? This activity works for many languages – so feel free to change it to any other your child may have been learning in school, as part of their 1+2 language learning.
  • If you would like a list of common Scots words, why not use the one above and ask your child to write the English word next to each Scots one?
  • Once you have a list, ask your child to write sentences using as many of the words as possible. Perhaps your child can use their sentences to create a fun rhyme such as “nae much need fir claes the day when the sun’s ablaze!”
  • Your child may also wish to try a Scots language crossword or wordsearch. You can find these and other games and activities on the Scots Learning Centre website: