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St. Andrews Day – Burns Night – Scotland theme

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bagpipes colouring pageSaint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, and St. Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated St Andrew’s Day as an official bank holiday. It is celebrated on 30th November in Scotland.

St Andrew’s Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Scotland and all things Scottish. In Scotland people do the same, enjoying parties and eating traditional Scottish dishes like ‘haggis’ and shortbread. It is a great opportunity to tell the children the story of the Loch Ness Monster and Kelpies and to learn what a ‘kilt’ and ‘bagpipes’ are.

Rather than learning about Scotland on St. Andrew’s Day, you may prefer to celebrate on Burns Night. Burn’s Night is celebrated on the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns’ birthday: 25 January. Burns night suppers take place around the world and tend to be more widely observed in Scotland than the official national day: St. Andrew’s Day.


Learn some Scottish songs with children


Here are the words to two well-known Scottish songs. This website has the music: http://www.ukmagic.co.uk/songs_scotland.htm


Wild Mountain Thyme

O the summer time has come,
And the trees are sweetly blooming,
And wild mountain thyme,
Grows around the purple heather.
Will ye go, lassie, go?

And we’ll all go together,
To pull wild mountain thyme,
All around the purple heather.
Will ye go, lassie, go?


Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond

By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes,
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomon’.
Where me and my true love were ever wont to gae,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomon’.

O ye’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak’ the low road,
An’ I’ll be in Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love will never meet again,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomon’.


Products that can help you to explore St. Andrew’s Day or Burns Night

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Diversity Awareness Pack

Diversity Awareness Pack for childmindersPrintable diversity craft projects and printable diversity colouring pages to help childminders to teach 20 diversity topics including disability, religion, race, families and multicultural holidays including a Scotland theme (St. Andrew’s Day and Burns Night). As well as crafts and activities with Scottish themes there is a guide on how to do Burns Night at lunchtime with a room full of pre-schoolers!



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