Notes for Parents and Teachers

Be a Space Ace!

Zoom through space to find stories, songs and games for Gaelic learners aged between 4 and 7.

About the site



Rocaid is a flexible resource, suitable for Gaelic language learners by providing challenge and consolidation of Gaelic language and structures studied through GLPS or similar across First and Second levels. It is equally suitable for children across the Early and First levels in Gaelic Medium education.

This resource demonstrates the principles of Curriculum for Excellence by providing a breadth stimulating contexts and activities for challenge and enjoyment through a range of activities. There are elements of personalisation and choice where users can decide on the story ending in one activity as well as progression where the user can create their own compositions using the target language. Depending on the age and Gaelic language abilities of the children, some stories and activities may be more suitable than others.

This resource could be used as one of many to support the following Experiences and Outcomes. There may be other Es and Os not included, depending on the focus for learning.

GAELIC (LEARNERS)

Listening for Information

I can take part in play activities and games linked to simple poems, familiar stories and short role-plays, and pronounce familiar Gaelic words and phrases (LGL 1-01a)

I can listen to and show understanding of familiar instructions and language from familiar voices and sources (LGL 2-01a)

Using Knowledge about Language

When reading on my own or with others, I can read familiar words and simple phrases and sentences (LGL 1-07a)

I can use my knowledge about language and pronunciation to ensure that others can understand me when I read aloud or say familiar words, phrases and short texts (LGL 2-07a)

Finding and Using Information

I have worked on my own and with others and I can demonstrate my understanding of words, signs and phrases containing familiar language (LGL 1-08a)

I have worked on my own and with others to understand texts using appropriate resources. I can read and demonstrate my understanding of sentences and simple texts containing familiar language (LGL 2-08a)

LITERACY AND GÀIDHLIG

Enjoyment and Choice

I enjoy exploring and choosing stories and other texts to watch, read or listen to and can share my likes and dislikes (LIT 0-01b/LIT 0-11b)

I enjoy exploring events and characters in stories and other texts, sharing my thoughts in different ways (LIT 0-01c)

Finding and Using Information

I listen or watch for useful or interesting information and I use this to make choices or learn new things (LIT 0-04a)

I can select ideas and relevant information, organise these in a logical sequence and use words which will be interesting and/or useful for others (LIT 1-06a)

Creating Texts

I enjoy exploring events and characters in stories and other texts and I use what I learn to invent my own, sharing these with others in imaginative ways (LIT 0-09b/LIT 0-31a)

Enjoyment and Choice

I enjoy exploring and choosing stories and other texts to watch, read or listen to, and can share my likes and dislikes (LIT 0-01b/LIT 0-11b)

With Rocaid you can zoom through space and discover stories, songs and games created especially for young Gaelic learners. Click on the rocket to access the activities. Once inside, explore the television screens to find:

• Bliblob (an animated, talking language guide)

• three colourful and entertaining stories

• three catchy songs performed by a group of very strange but friendly aliens!

You can customise your console using the various buttons and levers on it. Your main mission is to find three songs, three stories and Bliblob:

Bliblob

Most of the words and language patterns used in the stories and songs are also to be found in Bliblob. Bliblob is an animated, talking guide who morphs into the meaning of these Gaelic words. Bliblob can be used either with the stories and songs or on its own to learn new words and sentences in a fun way.

The Stories

Fon Mhuir (Under the Sea)
A' Chraobh Bheag Fhuar (The Chilly Little Tree)
Burraidhean (Bullies)

The Songs

Còmhlan Ceòlmhor, Còmhlan Grinn (We're a Fantastic Band)
Is Toigh Leam Rap! (I like rap!)
Am Faod Mi Ceòl a Chluich? (Can I Be in the Band?)

Depending on language ability, after reading the stories, children can move on to:

Read the story (all stories)
Read the story at their own pace. The simple dialogue in the story provides an excellent opportunity to reinforce previously learnt language. Children will hear the correct pronunciation and intonation of the Gaelic words and they should be encouraged to re-read the story to consolidate and gain confidence in reading the language.

Watch the story (all stories)
This activity allows the children to watch the story with or without accompanying text. To watch it with text they can click on the book icon. The learning outcomes of this activity include listening to the story with or without the print and understanding the meaning of familiar words and sentence patterns by decoding them by means of clues in pictures, letter sounds and word forms.

Write a story (The Chilly Little Tree and Under the Sea)
Children can use the story maker to write and add pictures to their own story about characters and settings from the story they have just read. They can also add new words and pictures. This activity has two levels with different layouts. Each level has a selection of keywords as well as backgrounds, characters and objects from the story. There is also a selection of drawing tools, colours, shape tools plus an erase and move tool. Children can use this activity to re-tell a story, write a different story, design a front cover and develop dialogue between characters. The children can print their stories and read them to others.

Sequence the story (The Chilly Little Tree)
Two activities test understanding of the story:

• place pictures from the story in the correct order

• complete 5 or 9 sentences correctly (the number of sentences they are asked to complete will depend on how well they did in the previous game

• the completed activity can be printed out.

Game (Under the Sea)
After reading Fon Mhuir (Under the Sea), children can create a boat by fitting together the three different parts hidden amongst the coral and seaweed. They will then be able to colour and print the boat.

Songs
Mìg, Mòg, Mòg, Lurag and Làrag are a band of aliens who perform three songs. Children can sing along with the songs, perform the actions that go with the songs and even choose the words they want the band to sing.

Audio and visual help
Users can click on the Preferences button to:
• resize on-screen text and change text and background colours
• hear on-screen text being read out
• make captions available for most video and audio content.

The preferences are not accessible while you are in the Information for Parents and Teachers section.

Users can also navigate most content using the Tab key.




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