Opening / Speech
We were pleased that the conference was opened by Shona MacLennan, CEO of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, followed by Mona Wilson, Director of Gaelic Education at Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
We were also pleased that speaking on Thursday was Maureen McKenna, OBE, Executive Director of Education Services, Glasgow City Council.
Marie agus Fay, Bòrd na Gàidhlig
A-null ‘s a-nall
Òrain is rannan sìmplidh airson cleachadh anns na seiseanan 0-3 le clann agus pàrantan. Tha rannsachadh air sealltainn gu bheil òrain is rannan cho cudromach ann a bhith a’ togail agus a’ cleachdadh cànan agus ga stèidheachadh.
Togail is cleachdadh na Gàidhlig ann am buidhnean 0-3.
Eisimpleirean air dòighean a tha ag obair airson leasachadh, togail is cleachdadh cànain.
Jackie Mullen, from Stòrlann’s Go!Gaelic Outreach Team, will be delivering a workshop on the use of the Go! Gaelic resource with Gaelic learners from Early to Second Level.
There will be an opportunity to look at planning progressions for Gaelic Learners learning Gaelic as L2 and L3. Jackie, a learner herself, delivers GLL training (Gaelic Language Learning) to teachers from the central belt. GLL (formerly GLPS) is a distinct programme providing training, support and resources to equip teachers with the necessary Gaelic language skills and teaching methodology to deliver Gaelic as L2 or L3 from Early to Second Level in the primary school.
3. Who is that?
Using puppets to bring language alive with young children and parents. Seeing how to bring books to life using puppets and how to strengthen our own knowledge and skills. Different examples of how to create simple puppets with children.
4. Let’s go out
A chance to go out round the venue and see what we can do along with young children and parents outside in the environment – perhaps even look for little beasties. Creating simple resources to use with children for playing outside.
5. Language and usage
Alice Sharpe, Experiential Play
Creating a full Gaelic environment, based on research in early years and language immersion.
Lots of information and things to strengthen language with children and parents.
Working with children of different ages.
6. Messy Play
A workshop on play using different materials such as jelly, froth, mud, sand, flour, water, toys – loads of fun!
Creating places outside for children to play and learn – building dens, shelters and some “Bushcraft” skills.
Thanks to the Early Years Team at Bòrd na Gàdihlig for arranging EY workshops.
Assessment Focus Group
There is a recognised need for resources in Gaelic medium education and this includes assessment based materials.
The roll out of national level assessments makes this a pressing issue to consider.
Little is documented in research about what GME teachers perceive about assessment and its place in the classroom. Dr Fiona Lyon and Dr Sarah MacQuarrie held a discussion with teachers during the conference to target this topic. They talked to attendees and gathered their views about this area of policy and practice.
This was a one-off session during the conference and was attended by almost 30 teachers.
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