Looe Community Academy Students Sign Brightly

Twelve Key Stage 3 students from Looe Community Academy delivered an hour-long workshop to 40 Key Stage 5 students at saltash.net Community School in British Sign Language (BSL).

The aim was to boost an array of skills for both sets of students, developing memory, communication and interpersonal skills while offering the Looe students a fantastic leadership opportunity and a chance to consolidate their learning.
 
Since September the Looe students have attended a weekly workshop where they have learned the basics in BSL across a range of subject areas including basic greetings, the weather, numbers, emotions, animals, questions and colours.  
 
Keen to challenge themselves further and to spread their new knowledge to others they offered to share their new-found skills and knowledge with the senior students at saltash.net.
 
“These students have shown so much energy and enthusiasm with learning a new language and were able to devise and deliver an outstanding workshop providing the saltash.net sixth form students with a fantastic experience and a taster of a new skill” said Sam Day, their teacher.
 
Participants in the workshop were amazed at the level of confidence, knowledge and patience that the younger Looe students demonstrated.  A Year 13 student was able to put her new skills straight to practise “It was brilliant to learn all the animals in sign language. I used it that afternoon in pre-school club with a group of under 5’s. They loved it.”
 
Given the success of this project, the Academy’s talented students will now share their skills with many other students, both in our local community and in our SMART partner schools.

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