Pupils play their part in big event to raise awareness of deafness

Angel Road Junior School pupils taking part in the singing and signing world record attempt. Picture

Angel Road Junior School pupils taking part in the singing and signing world record attempt. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Youngsters at Angel Road Infant and Junior Schools have taken part in a national event which raises awareness of deafness.

Pupils at the schools got together to learn sign language to a song which they performed together as part of Sign2Sing – an annual event which helps to raise funds for the Deaf Health Charity SignHealth.

Sue Graham, music co-ordinator at both schools, said: 'The infant and junior school are a federation, so we had year two from the infant school come over and join year's three to six here for an assembly.

'And because we didn't have enough room, reception and year one at the infant school did the signing at the same time, but at the infant school. The children love doing the signing. The educational value of raising awareness of deafness is important.'

The children signed a song, called Friends Forever, which was written for the event by another school, and Mrs Graham hopes that Angel Road will have their song sung by schools across the UK next year.

She said: 'We're going to open it to the school so we create a song to be sung.

'We incorporate signing into our school now and it is a real eye opener to them. But they do it without complaint and they love it. It raises their awareness and brings the whole school together.'

For more information about Sign2Sing, visit www.sign2sing.org.uk

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