Across The Fountains Federation we use a ‘key word’ signing system called Makaton. This means that when we are talking we try to use signs to ‘highlight’ the most important words in a sentence. Signs are only ever used alongside speech and encourage pupil attention and listening, understanding, speech production and confidence.


Children find it easier to learn, remember and use new words if they learn the sign at the same time. Some children will also use the sign themselves alongside their talking to help develop their confidence and communication skills.

We are also proud to have our own licensed Makaton Tutor Angela Lenaghan. If you are interested in finding out more about Makaton or learning some of the signs that your children are using then ask your child’s class teacher about joining in on the next Makaton parent session. You can also visit for information and free downloads.

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