Robert Burns portraitBurns Night is a celebration of the Scottish poet Robert Burns and it is held on the 25th of January every year. This is not such a big celebration in England but still many places hold special celebratory dinners, dances, and parties.

Activity Village shares lots of fun crafts and ideas for the celebration: “Five years after Robert Burns died, a group of his friends got together to remember him and his poetry. The tradition became established and now, every year on his birthday, 25th January, Scots all round the world celebrate Burns Night with a Burns Supper which follows a format similar to the original dinner (often with much toasting and drinking of whisky!)” The site describes the format of the dinner and the food.

Plazoom shares a poetry pack “Read and discuss three poems by Robert Burns with pupils, exploring his use of the Scots language and the themes of his poems.” This is ideal for KS2.  There is a whole pack of resources including teaching notes and ideas.

CBeebies share a YouTube video of a family sharing their celebration

FunKids share a website with the top ten facts about the event, including the fact that Burns wrote Auld Lang Syne which will bring the whole event more clearly into their lives!

Netmums has a set of craft ideas linked to Burns Night including the Loch Ness Monster!