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The Singing Street (clip 1)

Traditional children's street games

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Collection of children's street games filmed in the back streets of Edinburgh accompanied by traditional children's songs. Includes skipping and ball games.

Questions & Activities


  • How does the director create a feeling of loss in this clip?
  • What do these clips tell us and why do we need clips like these?
  • Who do you think shot this film and why?
  • What playground rhymes and songs do you know?
  • What would these children think about how modern children spend their spare time?
  • Count how many long shots are used in the extracts and say what effect this has.
  • What genre could these clips be put into?


Social History: Research traditional playground games so that you can teach them to another class at playtime.

Health and Wellbeing / Media Studies: Make a video record of games that you play now.

Media Studies: Storyboard and make a rock video for a playground tune.

Music / Maths: Make up your own skipping clapping game to demonstrate understanding number bonds, times-tables.

Media Studies / Modern Studies: Make a video portfolio of games you play.

Health and Wellbeing / PSE: Invent a new playground song to accompany skipping or other playground activity.

English: Freeze clip on one shot and create a story opening (e.g. reflection in window shot).

Media Studies: Compare to any films you know that use reflections in a window or mirror to create an effect (e.g. Volver).

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-135-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0799
Date 1951
Genre Documentary, Education, Amateur
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, English, Mathematics, History, Social Studies, Physical Education, Media Studies
Subject Matter Literacy
Who Children
Where Edinburgh, Leith
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 1:14
Film Length 18:00
References Skip For Scotland.