Concert brings sign language skills to school
As well as learning sign language for a concert, primary school pupils also helped to raise over £1,500 for charity.
Ashwicken CE Primary School staged a sponsored Sign2Sing event in which the children learnt seven songs in sign language before performing them to family and friends.
A total of £1,152 was raised for SignHealth to help improve the health and wellbeing of deaf people throughout the UK.
Organiser Lucy Hudson, a teacher at the school, said: “The children really got behind it and absolutely loved it. They were practising sign language at home as well.
“We did a little bit of sign language in the nativity and they really picked up on it.
“It’s a really good skill to have and we would like to take steps to introduce it more.”
Sign2Sing is a national event overseen by deaf charity SignHealth.
The charity state they are committed to breaking down the barriers that deaf people continue to face, with poorer communication support and poorer access to health services than hearing people.
Sign2Sing is therefore a way of promoting sign language as a hearing tool while also making music more accessible to those who cannot hear it.
There was positive feedback from parents who attended the concert.
Kelly Ransome, mother of a year 6 and reception pupils at the school, said she was “blown away” by the performance.
She said: “I wasn’t prepared for how emotional it was, not just to watch my children sing and sign, but all the children performed with pride and joy.
“It was amazing to see. Even the teachers were singing and signing at the back of the hall and getting choked up. Mrs Hudson is absolutely brilliant!
“I am all for bringing signing into schools. Imagine how isolated it must feel not to be able to hear what’s going on around you. We never know what life has in store for us.”
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