Here at St Mary's we love learning and using Makaton!
Makaton is an inclusive language programme that uses signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. The children at St Mary's have become passionate about using Makaton to ensure everyone is included. We believe that if we learn and use Makaton, and also teach others how to use Makaton, we can help everyone to believe in themselves, achieve and fly like an eagle!
The children at St Mary's are already fantastic Makaton signers! We enjoy using Makaton in school, at home, when we are out and about, and to sign along to our favourite songs! We learn a new signs and symbols in our Makaton worship, whilst maintaining the ones we already know.
We also hold a weekly Makaton club where children can come along and learn more Makaton to use at home, at school and just for fun! The children in the Makaton club also help lead the signing in our Makaton worship, lead the Makaton to the Lord's Pray in worship and sign along to hymns.
To find out more about the Makaton Charity please click on the following link http://www.makaton.org/aboutMakaton/
Check out our Worship Blog to see what we have been learning in our Makaton worship. Even in lockdown we were able to teach Makaton and the word of God remotely.
If you want to learn some more Makaton at home visit these links.
Learn with Nikki and Lucinda https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVR4-zug_Upe9pWcz1jRaIw
Learn with Mr Tumble https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dZyWQWZ-Gk&list=PLsCxuE6TBzJwkjmRYjDmLashbbgmnzcaY
Learn Makaton and BSL with Isabella https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCikZinhjk87RJjXqz-MmB5g
Can you sign the alphabet? Can you sign your name? What else can you spell?