Stories Frae the Loanen
Stories Frae the Loanen is a new online series of 6 x 10-minute films intended to be an Ulster-Scots language learning resource for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children.
Written by Londonderry-based writer Jonathan Burgess, the short films feature Emma and her younger brother Robert as they go on a number of adventures with Mrs Campbell, a neighbour who has plenty of Ulster-Scots words and stories to share.
Each episode contains a list of Ulster-Scots focus words and phrases for KS1/KS2 pupils to recognise and learn to use confidently. An accompanying PDF also contains lots of language-related tasks which will allow pupils and teachers to engage with the content of the series.
Stories Frae the Loanen was produced by Clean Slate Television with funding from Northern Ireland Screen’s Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund.
Robert and Emma visit Mrs Campbell. She asks for their help digging potatoes (prootas). They bring them to her kitchen along with scallions and cabbages where Mrs Campbell makes champ as a reward for their hard work.
Mrs Campbell takes Robert and Emma to Arthur Cottage where she is doing a cookery demonstration but has forgotten some key ingredients. Will the children be able to help her out in time before people arrive?
Mrs Campbell takes the children to see the fishing port of Kilkeel where she tells them a story about her fisherman father. Back in the house the children help her tidy up in exchange for a gift to help them in their new hobby.
Mrs Campbell takes the children to Sentry Hill House where they find out about life in Victorian times. Robert’s discovery of an old telescope leads to some encounters with the past.
On a cold day, Mrs Campbell takes Robert and Emma out for a walk to see the sculptures of C.S.Lewis’s Narnia in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor. Back in the cottage they warm up with a sing song.