Category Archives: PRIMARY 5/6

Oor version o’ “Tae a Haggis!”

Abigail's 'Haggis!'

Haggis – you either love it or hate it!!
This week with Mrs Overmeer, Primary 5/6 were working on writing their versions of “Tae a Haggis.”
We wrote our poems in English first, then translated them into Scots.
Here are some of them, (in Scots and English).

Haggis is braw but nae fur me
Haggis is jist haggis but nae fur me.
Some fowk hae it fur their tea
Oh mah gosh nae fur me!
It can be served wi’ mash an’ neeps.
In th’ hills it’s knoon tae leap.
It rins bens the’ heaither in aw types ay weaither.
Haggis haggis isnae fur me!


In Scotland there is a big hill,
On the big hill there is a damp cave,
In the damp cave there is a dark corner,
In the dark corner there is a lovely smell,
The lovely smell is coming from a black stove,
In the black stove there is a pot,
In the pot is HAGGIS!


Up the brae oan th’ top
lives a creature, haggis!
It has three legs an’ lots ay fur
Ain wears black an’ red tartan.
Yoo wood nae loch tae shoot hem
Coz he can haud yer sheesht.
Sae gang awa’ back tae yer motur
An’ lae th’ wee loon, haggis!


Ye main be pit aff by th’ ingredients.
But actually it is huir uv a braw.
Hot ur braw, dornt lit it moods.
Haggis is a pile ay meat.
It goes wi’ a dollop ay neeps, some tatties tae.
Dornt pit it doon th’ cludgie ur else yoo’ll block it!


Writing and Recording Speeches

This week, one of the points we were looking at in Literacy and English was the different features of spoken language. We discussed what a speech is, and how we can use language to make it more effective. Two examples of speeches we listened to were from Martin Luther King, (“I have a dream”), and William Wallace in Braveheart, (“They’ll never take away our freedom!”) Eddie made a fantastic observation, that the speeches were said ‘from the heart!’
The children were given a text which a child was supposed to have written as a speech, to try and convince the listener that they should be given the “teacher’s pet” award, (fictitious, of course!) With a partner, they had to decide where to add any pauses, which words to stress, when to raise their voices etc.
Then their task was to write their own. Here were the children who were brave enough to record their speeches. See if you can recognise your child!

Click on the green arrows to play each speech.








Writing in Scots

We have been looking at Scots Language this week, and the class were asked to brainstorm in groups how many Scots words they could think of. Although they came up with some good suggestions, the children found it hard to think of many, but they discovered we sometimes use words which they didn’t realise were Scots. The children listened to the story of ‘Rumplestiltskin’ told entirely in Scots, and they understood it all!!
In our I.T this week, we used the website: to create a cartoon strip, then used an English to Scots translator, to convert our writing:
Here are the results……

Primary 5/6 Scots poems for the Burns Competition

Illustrating Oor Scots Poems on PhotoPeach

The children have been given the words home, of 5 Scottish poems. For a copy of the words to the poems, you can also click on the link below:
Scots poems for Primary 5 and 6 children 2012
Once the children have chosen which poem they would like to recite, they can listen to their poem below by clicking on the green arrow, which might help them with the pronunciation.

Cuddle Doon by Alexander Anderson

Mavis by J.K. Annand

Wee Willie Winky by William Miller

The Circus by J.K. Annand

My Hoggie by Robert Burns