DEAR ZOO: Signed Story

We love singing and signing, but we LOVE signing stories with Makaton too!  We always incorporate signed stories in our Singing Hands sessions as they are the perfect vehicle to rehearse and utilise key Early Years’ vocabulary. To celebrate #NationalStorytellingWeek (Jan 26th – Feb 2nd 2019), we’ve filmed ourselves reading one of our favourite stories…

What is Makaton

Makaton uses signs and symbols to help people communicate. It is designed to support the development of spoken language. Makaton signs are based on the gestures used in BSL (British Sign Language – the language of the Deaf community). However, unlike BSL, Makaton signs are used in conjunction with speech at all times and in…

Nursery sessions

Inspire your staff Over the years, we have run nursery sessions in a wide range of settings. A Singing Hands Makaton signed nursery session is a fantastic way to encourage the children in your nursery to develop their Makaton signing skills. Our approach is designed to show you how to help foster inclusion of children…

School Sessions

We love singing and signing in schools! We have many years of experience of running sessions in various school settings including mainstream primary schools and SEN Schools for children with MLD/SLD/PMLD & ASD and/or physical disabilities. We hope to be back offering F2F sessions from Autumn 2021, but we will also continue to offer bespoke…

Workshops for Professionals

We are both Makaton Regional Tutors and can offer a range of training workshops for professionals. We have run training sessions for EYPs, SLTs, Teachers and TAs who are supporting children in either mainstream or special settings. We have trained hospital school staff, paediatric nursing students and the educational team at London Zoo. The more…

Baby Signing Classes

At a Singing Hands baby signing class, our primary focus is on learning language in a child-centred way so that it is motivating, engaging and most of all, fun. And by fun – we mean for your baby AND for you! PLEASE NOTE: We are operating under strict Covid safe protocols and class sizes are…

Toddler Signing Classes

At our Singing Hands toddler signing classes, our primary focus is on learning language in a child-centred way so that it is motivating, engaging and most of all, fun. And by fun – we mean for your toddler AND for you! This is the same goal as for our baby signing classes but now the…