The An t-Alltan 2018 conference for Gaelic teachers and Early Years staff was held in the
MacDonald Aviemore Conference Centre,
on 26 & 27 September.
The conference was an excellent professional learning opportunity for Gaelic educationalists and provided delegates with the opportunity to have a look at new initiatives for teaching and learning through a series of talks and workshops.
1. Thig a chèilidh
Step Wee Cèilidh
Icebreaker – great fun introduction to using cèilidh dancing and Gaelic songs
2. Taic a bharrachd
Barbara Simons THC
Supporting parents whose children have ASN difficulties and accessing support
3. Cò tha siud?
Fèisean nan Gàidheal
Bringing your Books to life, using current Gaelic Books from Bookbug Bags
4. Dannsa agus seinn
Sophie Stevenson / Peggy MacVicar
Games and activities for under 5’s with song , rhythm and movement
5. An Gruffalo
Step Wee Cèilidh
An Gruffalo story brought to life with songs, drama and movement
In addition to the earlier workshops, we were pleased to offer three short workshops at 5pm on Wednesday evening – Sing Sweetly, Sing Young, Spòrs and Intofilm.
1. Òrain Òg, Òrain Bhòidheach | Sing Sweetly, Sing Young (Early Years and Primary)
In this workshop Lisa MacDonald explained how language, music and movement combine to create a powerful learning experience. A thoughtful approach is particularly important in bilingual groups where the parents do not speak the second language; however, the benefits of singing transcend age and setting. Attendees were given examples of songs and suggestions for creating their own.
Lisa has many years’ experience of teaching in primary schools and supporting Gaelic Parent and Toddler groups. She has spent three years researching the role song can play in supporting language development as part of a Master’s Degree with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.
Fluency, confidence and language – opportunities outside the school. Spòrs Gàidhlig can support delivery of the Curriculum through a wide range of activities and programmes.
3. Into Film – basic filmmaking for the curriculum (Primary and Secondary)
This practical session was aimed at attendees wishing to improve curricular learning, assessment and attainment through the use of filmmaking techniques. Step-by-step guidance was provided on activities including Record and Playback, 5,4,3,2,1 filmmaking – attendees were given a demonstration on how it is possible to create a film in 30 minutes! Equipment and resources was provided.
IntoFilm Gaelic resources:
We were delighted to have two fantastic speakers for An t-Alltan this year. Joan MacKay returned to speak ten years after having spoken at the first An t-Alltan in Inverness in 2008.
Kate Forbes, MSP made her first appearance at An t-Alltan and was familiar to many due to her high profile support for Gaelic.
Joan has the lead role for Education Scotland’s contribution to the national Developing the Young Workforce programme, working in collaboration with national partners.
She also leads Creativity across Learning and Community Learning and Development.
Kate Forbes was appointed Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy in June 2018.
Kate is from Dingwall, although spent part of her upbringing in Glasgow and India.
Until she was elected as MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Kate was employed as an accountant in the banking industry.
Prior to that she studied History at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh with a focus on human migration.
A fluent Gaelic speaker, Kate made history earlier this year by becoming the first female MSP to give a plenary speech entirely in Gaelic in the current Scottish Parliament chamber.
An t-Alltan 2018
“It’s great to meet other people in the same situation as yourself.”