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Makaton (sign of the week)

Makaton in Nursery


Makaton is a 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.


In Nursery, we use Makaton signs to support our learning in all areas of the curriculum. Signs help us to learn new vocabulary and to remember daily routines. From Autumn 2, we will share a new sign here every week so that you can join in at home. 

Spring 1, Week 3 - Shark

Some of our children are especially interested in whales and sharks at the moment. Here is the sign for shark.

Spring 1, Week 2 - Row, row, row your boat

Can you spot one of our favourite arctic animals in this video? Can you sing the song?

Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Autumn 2, Week 6: Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Autumn 2, Week 5: Winter

Autumn 2, Week 4: Autumn

We have been talking so much about changes we see between Autumn and Winter, it's about time we practised the sign for Autumn!

Autumn 2, Week 3: Hedgehog

We have talking about hibernation and reading stories about animals who sleep through the long, cold Winter. We have also been making hedgehogs with playdough and craft sticks! Our sign of the week is 'hedgehog'.

Autumn 2, Week 2: Snail

The children spotted a snail in the meadow when we read "Squirrel's Autumn Search" this week. Everyone loves the sign for snail!

Autumn 2, Week 1: Today, tomorrow and yesterday

Sign of the week: 

After the weather we've had the last few days, this seems like the perfect place to start with our new collection of signs!


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