Last Updated: Friday, September 10, 2021

Sharing Scottish stories – early level

What is this?

Below you will find some ideas to help you to design an activity to support children to explore a Scottish story.

You can use or adapt this experience for children in your setting or while they are learning at home. Consider the range of learners, prior knowledge and their individual circumstances in relation to this experience and adapt accordingly. This experience is based on early level experiences and outcomes.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Experiences and Outcomes: Early level

  • I enjoy exploring and playing with the patterns and sounds of language, and can use what I learn. (LIT 0-01a / LIT 0-11a / LIT 0-20a)
  • I enjoy exploring events and characters in stories and other texts, sharing my thoughts in different ways. (LIT 0-01c)
  • I enjoy exploring and choosing stories and other texts to watch, read or listen to, and can share my likes and dislikes. (LIT 0-01b / LIT 0-11b)

Purpose of the activity

Children will be encouraged to discuss and become familiar with a Scottish story. They will explore the key events, characters and words of the text. Through discussion, children will be supported to share and explore their likes and dislikes about the story.

You should develop the activity based on the needs of your children and consider any prior knowledge they have.

Learning activity

Decide how you are going to share this experience with children and their families. Are you going to carry this out with children in a comfortable space within your setting? Alternatively, you may wish to share this idea using social media, an activity sheet or a pack of resources for families to share a story together at home.

  • Encourage adults involved to find a comfortable space to sit together and share a story with the children.
  • Explain to the children that the special thing about the story you are going to read/listen to is that it is Scottish. Explore with the children Scottish stories they may already know. Have they read The Gruffalo or Katie Morag stories? Younger children may prefer to start engaging with the story and discuss this afterwards.
  • Choose a Scottish story to read or listen to together. Video clips of stories being read aloud by authors can be found by searching the title online. The Scottish Book Trust also have lots of ideas for Scottish stories.
  • Talk with children about the story. Through questioning and discussion, explore their favourite part, the key characters and main events of the story.
  • You could re-tell the story, missing out the last word of a sentence or key phrases. Children often enjoy joining in by completing the sentence as they become familiar with the story.
  • Older children might choose to draw a picture and write a few words about a favourite character. If children are not yet writing, scribe what they say about their drawing underneath their picture in the child’s own words.

Extension Activity

  • You could ask children to retell the story to another child or relative. They could record it and send it to a family member.
  • If you are sending this home for families to share together, you may want to think of how to include some simple story sack type props. This will support children to explore and re-tell the story independently. This could be as simple as pictures of the key characters or include story stones, story spoons or craft materials to make a puppet or character.

National benchmarks

  • Engages with and enjoys watching, reading or listening to different texts, including stories, songs and rhymes, and can share likes and dislikes.
  • Engages with stories and texts in different ways, for example, retelling/re-enacting stories and/or using puppets/props.

Possible approach to assessing learning

The following reflective questions could also be used to consider children’s progress and next steps:

  • How well do children listen and respond to this story?
  • Take note of any significant learning in their use of vocabulary when sharing their thoughts and feelings about the story?
  • How confident are children in sharing their favourite parts of the text? Can they recall any other Scottish stories or songs they have heard?
  • To what extent do children contribute to discussions about main characters and key events?

When completing activities and providing guidance on assessment approaches, please take account of the latest guidance on assessment approaches.