At Chapelford, we have focused on developing our after-school curriculum and have strived to offer a range of clubs that appeal to all children. One of the most popular clubs over the last couple of years has been 'Sing and Sign', which is planned and delivered by Mrs Unsworth. We are incredibly lucky to have Mrs Unsworth and her expertise. Mrs Unsworth is passionate about teaching children the skill of signing in order to provide our children with the opportunity to learn one of the fastest growing languages in the UK currently. BSL enhances cognitive development by engaging visual and spatial learning abilities, which can improve memory and problem-solving skills, as well as providing a valuable skill that can lead to career opportunities in interpreting, education, and social services, contributing to a more inclusive society overall.

In the club, the children have learned songs such as “You’ve got a friend in me”, “Count on me” and “This is me”. 

The children were able to show off their talent in the MAT factor.  Paige, from Year 3, said, “I absolutely cannot wait to perform at MAT factor. It’ll be great to show everyone our new language skills.” 

It's also a great way to promote diversity, equality, and inclusion, as well as building empathy and understanding among students. By learning sign language, students can better connect with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and develop a deeper appreciation for their experiences and perspectives. It also encourages resilience and perseverance in the children as they learn a new skill, which is quite tricky!

Mrs Unsworth's dedication and expertise have made a significant impact on the students who participate in the "Sing and Sign" club; it's a wonderful experience for all involved! By offering this club, Mrs Unsworth is providing an opportunity for students to develop their communication skills, build confidence, and have fun at the same time.