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:
support concept teaching
support reading development
develop and support expressive skills
teach word order
support word finding
Below you will find our ‘Signs of the Week’ as well as useful resources and links which the children may enjoy exploring.