Welcome to the Instructional Video for Signing Friends – Poppy’s Busy Week
The video is aimed at parents, caregivers, teachers, support workers and other professionals to pre-learn the signs for this story. Watch and practise as many times as you need till you feel confident with the Makaton signs. Then go ahead and enjoy signing the story with your Makaton user. We hope you have lots of fun learning Makaton together.
Underneath the instructional video, you will find a list of the concepts featured in this book and their source (Core or Resource vocabulary). We have also listed all the signed used per page so you can see what we use. Or you can simplify and do fewer signs initially till you build up your fluency. Don’t forget to sing and sign a Days of the Week song with Singing Hands to reinforce the signs that you’ve learnt in this book. Happy signing!
Story text and sign transcription
Poppy has lots to do this week. “I mustn’t forget anything – I need to write a list,” says Poppy. (P / LOTS / DO / WEEK / I / NO / FORGET / I / WRITE / LIST / TALK / P)
Poppy gets some paper and a pen. She writes the days of the week and what she has to do (P / PAPER / PEN / WRITE / DAY / WEEK / DO)
On Monday, Poppy goes to the library with Lola. Lola chooses a book about dragons. Which book will Poppy choose? (MONDAY / P / GO / LIBRARY / L / L / CHOOSE / BOOK / DRAGON / WHICH / BOOK / P / CHOOSE)
On Tuesday, Poppy goes to the dentist. She sits in the dentist’s chair and puts on a bib and glasses. The dentist gives Poppy a sticker for being so brave. (TUESDAY / P / GO / DENTIST / SIT / CHAIR / BIG / GLASSES / DENTIST / P / STICKER / BRAVE)
On Wednesday, Poppy and Jack make a birthday card for their friend Lola. “Let’s go and put the card in the postbox,” says Jack. (WEDNESDAY / P / J / MAKE / BIRTHDAY / CARD / FRIEND / L / GO / PUT / CARD / POSTBOX / TALK / J)
On Thursday, Poppy and her friends go to nursery. Lola dresses up as a pirate – AHOY! Jack and Zack play with building bricks. Poppy paints a picture of a rainbow. What colours can you see? (THURSDAY / P / FRIENDS / GO / NURSERY / L / FANCY DRESS / PIRATE / *GESTURE AHOY / J / Z / PLAY / BRICKS/ P / PAINT / PICTURE / RAINBOW / WHAT / COLOURS / SEE)
On Friday, Poppy goes to the Doctor. “My ear is hurting,” says Poppy. The doctor looks in her ear. The doctor gives Poppy some medicine. (FRIDAY / P / GO / DOCTOR / MY EAR / PAIN / TALK / P / DOCTOR / LOOK / EAR / GIVE / P / MEDICINE)
“Today is Saturday – it’s the weekend. Hooray!” says Poppy. Poppy goes to the hairdresser. He cuts her hair with shiny scissors. Poppy looks in the mirror. “I love it,” says Poppy.
On Sunday, Poppy visits her Grandma and Grandad. It’s roast dinner today – Poppy’s favourite! Poppy helps Grandad peel the potatoes. She helps Grandma make apple pie and custard. Yum! Yum! (SUNDAY / P / VISIT / GRANDMA / GRANDAD / ROAST / DINNER / TODAY / P / FAVOURITE / P / HELP / GRANDAD / POTATOES / HELP / GRANDMA / APPLE / PIE / CUSTARD / YUM)
What a busy week! Lola phones Poppy to say thank you for her birthday card. Poppy tells Lola that the medicine has made her ear feel better. Phew! (WORK [BUSY] / WEEK / L / TO TELEPHONE / P / TALK / THANK YOU / BIRTHDAY / CARD / P / TALK / L / MEDICINE / EAR / HEALTHY [BETTER] )
Poppy is very tired. She sits in the armchair and reads her book. (P / TIRED / SIT / CHAIR / BOOK)
Time for bed. Poppy remembers to brush her teeth. Her dentist will be very happy. Good night! (TIME / BED / P / REMEMBER / BRUSH TEETH / DENTIST / HAPPY / GOOD NIGHT)
Vocabulary and Makaton Stages
Finger Spelling Alphabet
National Curriculum part 1
Food and Drink
Other Resources / Makaton Hub