This week P6 have been learning about the life and times of Robert Burns. We learned that five years after Robert Burns death, a group of his friends got together to remember him and his poetry. The tradition became established and now, every year on his birthday, 25th January, Scots all round the world celebrate Burns Night. The first suppers were arranged by Robert’s friends in the 18th century and they originally held them on the 29th January thinking that was his birth date. They soon discovered from church records that it was in fact, the 25th January and celebrated on that night instead.
Throughout the week we learned a brief history of Robert’s life along with some amazing facts that will be sure to blow your socks off! We also learned how to translate lallans (Lowland Scots to you and me) into English from analysing one of Mr. Anderson’s favourite Burns poem, John Anderson my Jo…and no it isn’t just because it has Anderson in it. We also created some fabulous Burns drawings in our cooperative learning groups which tested our communication skills and our ability to work as a team.
We were able to showcase a snippet of this week’s learning at today’s Scots assembly along with two stunning performances from our violinists and class choir. I think you will agree that Caledonia by Dougie Maclean is certainly a song that pulls on anyone’s heart strings.
A big thank you must go out to Mrs. Studer, our volunteer Swiss Teacher who has been helping us in class all week.