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Teaching British Sign Language from EYFS to Yr 6 - Help!

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by Gerbils150, Jul 23, 2017.

  1. Gerbils150

    Gerbils150 New commenter

    I am tasked with introducing BSL as an alternative MFL across all year groups from EYFS to Year 6. As BSL gets more embedded, my long term planning will be able to show progress from year to year however for the first year we are all starting from the same base line. Is anyone aware of any schemes of work for teaching BSL to primary children or do I just start with a blank piece of paper? Many thanks!
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  2. Jo3Grace

    Jo3Grace New commenter

    My guess is that copying a scheme you like for any other language would work.

    But that's not why I replied (as clearly that's not very helpful).

    I replied to say:
    How fantastic that you are doing this!

    Please come and find me on twitter and facebook if you use either platform. I would love to share this with people who connect with me through The Sensory Projects
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  3. Mattz1993

    Mattz1993 New commenter


    It is great to see that you're introducing BSL through the curriculum at your school. I think that copying a basic scheme of work that you already have will suffice (obviously amending it slightly to reflect BSL). There are some great BSL books which give you all the pictures and symbols (https://www.british-sign.co.uk).

    In my college (not primary I know), we have a BSL Club where people can come and practise their BSL skills and have conversations with each other. We also have a whole college sign of the week; which everyone is expected to use as much as possible. These are normally key words, such as; hello, goodbye, nice to meet you, my name is, please, thank you etc.

    Hope this helps - you'll need to let us know how you get on!

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  4. Tinycat1234

    Tinycat1234 Established commenter

    Just out of interest what BSL qualifications do you have? I would have thought you'd need to be at least a Level 2 or 3 to even attempt this.
  5. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    "Alternative MFL"? How does this work?
  6. alison_winter

    alison_winter New commenter

    I know this was a while ago but I do know about something that can help you teach sign language in primary school, if you don't know sign language too.

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  7. jonathanash

    jonathanash New commenter

    Have you seen signspell? It's a series of 12 books that uses stories to introduce BSL to children. Each book has a set of 4 lesson plans that accompany them.
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  8. alison_winter

    alison_winter New commenter

    Hi I am aware of this, we actually supply it. Have you used it before Jonathan?

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