Makaton

At Long Sutton Primary School we use a ‘key word’ signing system called Makaton. This means that when we are talking we try to use signs to ‘highlight’ the most important words in a sentence. Signs are used alongside talking and this encourages children’s listening, attention, understanding, speech production and confidence.

Makaton signs are used by teachers in the classroom as a tool to support children in remembering and understanding what has been said. Some children will also be encouraged to use the sign themselves alongside their talking to help develop their confidence and communication skills.

Signing is a recognised approach in the field of communication needs.  It is used as a visual clue to support the spoken word in order to:

Below you will find our ‘Signs of the Week’ as well as useful resources and links which the children may enjoy exploring.

Have fun signing!

For Children

Singing Hands

Singing HandsA YouTube channel which allows children to learn basic Makaton signs as well as popular and familiar songs

Something Special

Singing HandsA range of familiar children’s TV programmes in which a variety of themes are explored involving the teaching of basic Makaton signs

For Adults

The Makaton Charity

MakatonThe official website for the UK based Makaton Charity which includes lots of free resources on relevant topics as well as basic Makaton vocabulary

The Down’s Syndrome Association

The Down’s Syndrome AssociationThe official website for the Down’s Syndrome Association which is relevant to our school community

Finger Spelling

The Alphabet

Signs of the Week

Below you will find our signs of the week.

Days of the Week

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday


Thursday

Friday

Saturday


Sunday

Week

Weekend


Questions

Why

Who

Which


Where

When

What


How


Snack Time

Water

Tomato

Strawberry


Raisins

Pear

Orange


Grape

Milk

Fruit


Carrot

Banana

Apple


Weather

Wind

Weather

Sunshine


Sun

Snow

Rain


Lightning

Ice

Hail


Fog


Animals

Sheep

Pig

Horse


Goat

Duck

Donkey


Dog

Cow

Chicken


Cat


School

Friend

Teacher

Classroom


Toilet

Sit

Say/ Tell


Listen

Look

Write


Pencil

Wait

More


Sorry

Chair

Table


Book


Feelings and Emotions

How are you?

Are you Okay?

Tired


Sad

Proud

Hungry


Happy

Frightened

Excited


Angry


Colours

Yellow

Blue

Red


Black

Brown

Green


Grey

Orange

Pink


Purple

White

Silver


Gold

Greetings

Hello

Good Morning

Good Afternoon


Goodbye

Please

Thank You


Signed Stories

Dear Zoo

I Went Walking