Makaton with Singing Workshop Sunday 8th September, 9.30-1pm


Using Makaton with Singing is a fun and easy way to learn to use signs with singing for young children.  Signing and singing have been shown to encourage the development of communication and language skills and are beneficial for vocalisation, confidence, social skills, emotional development, well-being and self-esteem.

Designed for those have no prior knowledge of Makaton, Using Makaton with Singing is provided as a half-day workshop for Early Years practitioners, parents, teachers, support workers and other professionals working with young children.  You will learn up to 100 signs and have fun practising them in songs adapted for different levels of ability.

The 3-hour workshop is divided into four lively practical sessions covering:

  • What is Makaton,
  • Tips for Signing,
  • Developing skills through signing and singing,
  • Using Makaton in my setting.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this workshop you should:

  1. have a basic understanding of Makaton
  2. understand how Makaton can be used with singing
  3. understand how to facilitate choices using symbols and signs
  4. understand that songs can be adapted to suit the differing abilities of individuals or small groups
  5. understand how the songs can promote vocabulary and concept learning
  6. be able to develop ways to adapt a song and use that song to fulfil a number of aims
  7. understand the benefits of making the songs multi-sensory by using a range of interesting props / symbols / objects of reference
  8. how to build on the songs to relate to stories, games and activities
  9. be informed about other Makaton workshops and courses, access to signs, symbols and resources
  10. be informed about additional resources that can support session content


The Using Makaton with Singing Workshop is a 3-hour workshop made up of four sessions with each session lasting 45 minutes.

Entry criteria

The workshop is designed for those who work with early years children. There are no prerequisites for this workshop; you do not need to have any prior experience of using Makaton and/ or singing. Alternatively, you may already be using Makaton or have an interest in signing and want the opportunity to use Makaton while singing.

Study materials

You will receive a Using Makaton with Singing workshop manual which includes the signs and symbols that you have learned. You will also be given a certificate of attendance.

Delivered via Zoom. Takes place on Sunday 8th September 9.30am-1pm, £40 per person.

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