Storytelling/Storymaking

Sìne Sgeulaiche/Síona Scéalaí (Sheena Storyteller) draws on her background in entertainment to engage primary-aged children in these fun Gaelic, Irish & Bilingual Workshops!

The Real Goldilocks Story!

"Fantastic - A great taster of Gaelic delivered in a captivating and exciting way. I have never known them to listen so well in drama!" P1-3 Teacher, Aldourie Primary

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Adventures with the Gaelic Tree Alphabet

"Good discussion generated on return to class" P3/4 Teacher, Duncan Forbes Primary, "Absolutely brilliant, just fantastic, they really loved it" P4 Teacher, Cauldeen Primary

"Superb workshop enjoyed by all pupils", "Clear links to a variety of curricular areas, including languages, drama, H&WB", "Pupil with ASN very well integrated and supported – most impressed", P4 Teacher, Gartcosh Primary

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Big Gaelic Beasties!

"ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!! One of the best, most engaging workshops I have had yet! The children absolutely loved it! I would highly recommend this to anyone!" Teacher, P4 Viewlands Primary, Perth

"Covered so much in such a short space of time – Drama, Literacy, Gaelic, Heritage" – P3/4 Teacher, Duncan Forbes Primary

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Halloween / Macbeth Workshops

Storymaking & Drama Workshops

These workshops can also be delivered with a programme of art and craft workshops based around the theme of storytelling, and can be delivered in Scots Gaelic or Irish, bilingually or in English.

The Real Goldilocks Story!

Do you want to find out the real story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Whatever happened to the lesser-known Purplilocks, and why don't we hear about Goldilock's other brothers and sisters who joined her on that fateful trip to the Bears' House?

Find out and enjoy a modern bilingual Gaelic take on this traditional story, as children embark on a fun, rambunctious adventure exploring and engaging with new Gaelic vocabulary within the context of a familiar tale. An active, fun, bilingual workshop suitable for 4 – 9 year olds, and younger children if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Workshop will be fully bilingual and suitable for both young Gaelic-speakers and those with no Gaelic at all.

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Feedback from Goldilocks workshops:

"Awesome!" "Actually really cool!" "Brilliant!" "Children loved that it was a little different!" Pupils & Teacher, Caledonia Primary

"Really entertaining and perfect for age group" "Excellent manner with children" Teachers, Fort William RC Primary

"Cross-curricular approach was fantastic"  Teacher, Inverlochy Primary

"Very enjoyable and excellent for extending P1&2 Gàidhlig & super use of drama to complement language" Teacher, Millbank Primary

"A good way to reinforce Gaelic words both familiar and unfamiliar" "Please let other small rural schools have this opportunity" Teacher, Kinlochewe Primary

"Excellent workshop, very engaging and entertaining" Teacher, Dunvegan Primary

Adventures with the Gaelic Tree Alphabet

An Gille Dubh / The Guardian of the Trees, saddened by the clearing of his beloved trees and people, has left his forest home to sit alone atop the highest mountains, leaving his beautiful, prized possessions to Sìne to tell his tale and spread knowledge of the riches of our native trees. This touching, subtly powerful yet fun workshop, including Gaelic poetry & referencing the Clearances, the decline of Gaelic and environmental issues, affords opportunities to learn, lie and dream amongst the 'stars' under a magical Gaelic spell, and take part in creating an exciting Scottish forest adventure! Suitable for all ages from P3 upwards.

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"Really magical....", "What a lovely, inviting, inspiring, fun way to learn","Bilingual aspect really well integrated", "Like walking into a real, live Fairytale!", Secret Garden Nursery Staff CPD

"A big hit, they loved handling the props!'" "New & exciting to the students" P3/4 Teachers, Holme Primary

Big Gaelic Beasties!

Learn about some of the greatest Big Beasties of traditional Gaelic storytelling lore, the Water Horse, the Urisk, King of the Otters and the Five-Headed Giant, and take part in a rambunctious adventure through the Highland Glens as the King's Son and Daughter, guided by their magical Two-Tailed Cat, set out out to find and save their parents from the grip of the Five-Headed Giant & get their breakfast! Suitable for children from P4 ages upwards.

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"Fantastic interactive performance, very entertaining & educational", "Greatly enjoyed by all... a lot of fun... Ariel was brilliant" P4 Teachers, Inshes Primary 

Halloween / Macbeth Workshops

The tailor-made Halloween Storytelling / Drama workshop is particularly well-suited for lower primary groups and has proven exceptionally effective in fun and active language acquisition of all the essential Halloween terms through drama and visualisation. An adapted workshop drawing on the rich Gaelic translation of Macbeth is available for older primary groups as well.

Teacher Feedback on Halloween Storytelling/ Drama Workshops:

"The best storytelling / drama workshop I have ever seen. Just perfect for this age group, it was a joy to watch the pupils' faces. This truly was an independent state of happiness." Teacher, Sleat Primary

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"Pupils thoroughly enjoyed it, fantastic combination of drama, listening skills, language development and use of Gaelic... another excellent workshop"  Teacher, Bonar Bridge Primary School

"Age appropriate, dynamic & dramatic"  Beauly Primary

Workshops provide the following links with Capacities/Outcomes and Experiences within Curriculum for Excellence: Expressive Arts, Health & Wellbeing – Physical confidence, Literacy and English – Language, Social Studies – Other Languages - Gaelic "I listen or watch for useful or interesting information and I use this to learn new things." LIT 0-04a

Storymaking & Drama Workshops

The act of being listened to can be very empowering, and Sìne works to assist participants in these workshops to create their own story together and then make it come alive!  Children have an amazing imagination and previous workshops have involved all sorts of madcap adventures, the most memorable being 'Snúcaí Mac Giolla Púpaí, Deathring, Fionn agus a Ferrari Dearg' (Snooky Mac Ilpoopy, Deathring and Finn and his Red Ferrari).

Feedback from Library-based Storymaking / Drama Workshops...

"I would like to express my thanks for the fantastic experience you gave the children yesterday. All of them enjoyed it (and me too!). They all had great ideas - from the youngest child to the oldest. The Storytelling session catered for them all and it was lovely to see their story come to life!" Seána Woods, Cairde Uí Néill

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A wee selection of some 40 thank you letters from the children of Millbank Primary in Nairn for Sìne's Bilingual & Gaelic Goldilocks Storytelling & Drama workshops:

© Ariel Killick 2014

Very enjoyable and excellent for extending P1&2 Gàidhlig, super use of drama to complement language

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