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Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression.  We at Heatherwood believe that Makaton is powerful tool that can unlock communication for some students and therefore advocate its use in school. 

Each week we will share a set of words that you could learn with your young people at home. There are symbols and line drawings to accompany a video of each set of words. We hope you have fun learning them. 


Here is our Makaton video that we recorded in school, we have loved singing and signing the song as part of our Comic Relief celebrations. We hope you like it. There are some tutorial videos of how to sign the chorus and the supporting line drawings for the key vocabulary too. Have fun. 

Here is a demo video that you might want to watch that shows the signs for the first part of the song and a pdf document showing the Makaton signs that you will need to sing along. 

REACH Makaton Signs

To work along side the Remote Learning Offer that we have in school and at home, teachers have planned some work around stories.  We will be trying to demonstrate the Makaton signs that you can use when sharing these stories or topic words. We will return to the words of the week soon.  Please contact us if you need further explanation of the signs. 

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Line Drawings to show the signs for The Tiny Seed

Symbols for The Tiny Seed


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Makaton Signs


Week Words/Symbols Signs Demonstration
9.10.20 9.10. Symbols  
16.10.20 16.10.20 Symbols
23.10.20 23.10.20 Halloween Symbols
5.11.20 5.11.20 Fireworks symbols
13.11.20 13.11.20 Symbols
20.11.20 20.11.20 Symbols
27.11.20 27.11.20 Symbols
4.12.20 4.12.20 Symbols
11.12.20 Christmas 1
18.12.20 Christmas 2



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