Welcome to our Makaton Page
Makaton is a form of sign-supported English.
St Edward’s is a 'Makaton Friendly' school and signing is used across school.
It is a valuable and effective way to support spoken language. Only key words are signed, and children are encouraged to use signs to make requests, to comment and to answer questions.
Signs are taught as part of vocabulary development opportunities during core subject and topic lessons where appropriate to the needs of the children.
Makaton symbols and signs are used around the school to aid inclusiveness and independence with signage and wayfinding.
Through a total communication approach, children learn to use signing to support their access to learning and communication; helping to break down barriers in their receptive and expressive speech and language skills.
We aim to continually develop our Makaton signing environment to ensure that all staff and children can communicate effectively.
Our rationale for this is:
• Signing helps focus a child’s attention on the speaker.
• It helps staff and children alike to slow down their speech.
• It provides additional visual cues to aid understanding and processing of information.
• Staff will provide a model for pupils who are developing expressive use of signs.
School Key Signs Booklet: the signs which we use most frequently in school across all ages and classes.
Basic Makaton: signing booklet with information about using Makaton with your child
Every class also shares the Makaton ‘Sign of the Week’, to support the children and staff with learning one new, repeated sign.
Makaton Sign of the Week Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLi86JfCEyMdJafJpnbjD7VKme18I7Vcrc
Makaton Signs Around School Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLi86JfCEyMdK1ysdBmyBYnrVSOMOZnn5H
Makaton School Prayers Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLi86JfCEyMdIhGcHiXXuL6czvYU76Hy7p
Makaton Club Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLi86JfCEyMdKUsgzIw7Fx0cydgRP57e5O
Nightingales Class Assembly - Nightingale parents invited
Individual School Photographs
Individual & Sibling School Photographs