About the site

Rocaid is part of a collection of Gaelic language websites for children aged 5-7. Other resources for Key Stage 1 include:

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?)

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.

Bliblob

Bliblob

Bliblob is a talking, animated guide to the Gaelic words and language patterns used in the stories, songs and activities.

There are two levels within this activity.

1. Click on a sentence or word and Bliblob will morph into a depiction of the meaning of the words and sentences.

2. Bliblob morphs into the depiction of a word or sentence and children have to click on the correct word or sentence in the list displayed.

Bliblob introduces:

Colours Dathan
Numbers Àireamhan
What are you doing? Dè tha thu a' dèanamh?
What's the weather like? Dè seòrsa latha a th' ann?
I like Is toigh leam
I don't like Cha toigh leam
Food Biadh
Who are you? Cò thu?
How are you? Ciamar a tha thu?
I want Tha mi ag iarraidh
Can I ... please? Am faigh mi ... mas e do thoil e?

> Go to Bliblob

Stories

Story 1 - Fon Mhuir (Under the Sea)

Read this story to find out what happens to tourist sea creatures when they are on a guided tour of a spectacular underwater world. The sea creature children wander off from their parents and go exploring a shipwreck. They befriend a friendly ghost who can only be seen by children.

Vocabulary includes:

Questions and Answers

Cò thu? Who are you?
Is mise ... I'm ...
Càite a bheil ...? Where is ...?
Càite a bheil am bàta? Where is the boat?
Seo ... Here's ... / This is ...
Seo mi Here I am

Commands

Thugainn Come
Èist Listen

Familiar Expressions

Cha tig No thanks
Glè mhath No problem
Àlainn! Lovely!
Mìorbhaileach! Wonderful!

There are four activities associated with this story:

Watch the story
Watch the story with or without accompanying text.

Read the story
Read the story at your own pace. Click on the arrow when you are ready to read the next page.

Write a story
Use the story maker to write and add pictures to your own story about characters and settings from the story.

Game
Find the parts of the ships hidden in the coral and the seaweed then meet all the characters.

First, click on and stick together three sections of a particular boat. The boat type will change each time the game is revisited. Next, all the characters will reappear and introduce themselves e.g. "Is mise Anndra." (I'm Anndra). Children should click on the correct character when asked the appropriate question e.g. "Càite a bheil Anndra?" (Where's Anndra?). After finding all the characters, they have the option of colouring in their boat and printing their picture.

Story 2 - A' Chraobh Bheag Fhuar (The Chilly Little Tree)

A young palm tree is cruelly taken to Scotland from a sunny climate, leaving his friends behind. He's miserable with the weather but when the summer sun arrives, he's in his element!

Vocabulary includes:

Dè seòrsa latha a th' ann? What's the weather like?
Tha i grianach/gaothach/fuar/ag uisge/a' cur an t-sneachda It's sunny/windy/cold/raining/ snowing
Is toigh leam a' ghrian/an t-uisge/an sneachda/a' ghaoth I like the sun/rain/snow/wind
Cha toigh leam an t-uisge/a' ghaoth/an sneachda I don't like the rain/wind/snow
Tha mi ag iarraidh a dhol dhachaigh I want to go home
Chan eil mi ag iarraidh a dhol dhachaigh I don't want to go home
Madainn mhath Good morning
Sgoinneil Great
Glè mhath Very good
Tha mi toilichte an seo I'm happy here

There are four activities associated with this story:

Watch the story
Watch the story with or without accompanying text.

Read the story
Read the story at your own pace. Click on the arrow when you are ready to read the next page.

Write a story
Use the story maker to write and add pictures to your own story about characters and settings from the story.

Sequencing activity
Place pictures from the story in the correct order.

Story 3 - Burraidhean (Bullies)

This is a story based on the issue of bullying and provides the choice of two endings. Calum, Cailean and Ceit are school bullies and the story describes what they get up to. Read the story page-by-page and choose which ending you like best.

Vocabulary includes:

Greetings

Madainn mhath Good Morning

Feelings

Ciamar a tha thu? How are you?
Tha mi sgìth I'm tired
Tha mi tinn I'm awful

Expressing needs

Am faigh mi ..? May I have..?
Gheibh/Chan fhaigh Yes you may/No you may not
Tha mi ag iarraidh I want

Commands

Fosgail am baga Open the bag
Greas ort Hurry up
Thugainn Come on

Expressions

Mo chreach! Goodness gracious!
O ghia! Yuck!
Tha sin tàmailteach What a pity

There are two activities associated with this story:

Watch the story
Watch the story with or without accompanying text.

Read the story
Read the story at your own pace. Click on the arrow when you are ready to read the next page.

Songs

Song 1 - Còmhlan Ceòlmhor, Còmhlan Grinn (We're a Fantastic Band)

Sing along to this catchy song with the alien band as you listen to Mìg, Mòg, Màg, Lurag and Làrag introducing themselves and asking each other how they are feeling.

Click on the "Change the Song" button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen to enter the under-stage area. The aliens will say how they are feeling and the children must choose the correct helmet for them. The words of the song will change according to how each of the aliens is feeling. The words of the song will appear at the bottom of the screen and they can also be printed out.

Children can practise the song by taking the role of one of the aliens or just enjoy singing with the band and try and memorise the words.

Vocabulary includes:

Còmhlan ceòlmhor Tuneful band
Còmhlan grinn Fine band
Èistibh rinn Listen to us
Madainn mhath Good morning
Halò Hi
Chan eil ro mhath Not too well
Ciamar a tha thu? How are you?
Dìreach sgoinneil / Math gu leòr Fantastic / OK
Tha mise sgìth / tinn I'm tired / awful

Song 2 - Is Toigh Leam Rap! (I like rap!)

This is a fun interactive activity where you can rap with Mòg, Màg, Lurag and Làrag. Try and listen out for rhyming words in the song and don't forget to perform the actions! Listen carefully and see if you can hear the rhyming words (words ending in -io or -adh) in the rap.

Click on the "Change the Song" button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen to enter the under-stage area where children can learn what Màg likes doing and give him the correct equipment. The words of the song will change according to the equipment Màg has chosen. The words of the song will appear at the bottom of the screen and they can also be printed out.

Children can practise the rap by taking the role of one of the aliens or just enjoy singing with the band and try and memorise the words. They can also play a miming game using the verbs in the rap.

Vocabulary includes:

Is toigh leam I like
rap to rap
crathadh to shake
leum to jump
sgiobadh to skip
snàmh to swim
spèileadh to skate
sreap to climb
cluich leis a io-io to play with a yo-yo

Song 3 - Am Faod Mi Ceòl a Chluich? (Can I Be in the Band?)

Boogie on down and sing along with Mòg, Màg, Lurag and Làrag who all want to join Mìg's band. Listen to the song to find out who wants to play the tambourine, the guitar, the drum and the piano.

Click on the "Change the Song" button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen to enter the under-stage area where the children must give the aliens the musical instruments they ask for. The words of the song will change according to the instrument each alien is playing.

Practise your disco dancing by singing and performing the song. How about putting on a performance for your family and friends! The words of the song will appear at the bottom of the screen and they can also be printed out.

Vocabulary includes:

Am faigh mi an/am ... mas e do thoil e? May I have the ... please?
Gheibh Yes, you may
Seo dhut e Here you are
Am faod mi ...? May I be ...?
Aon, dhà, tri agus ... One, two, three and ...