SignSpell at school

SignSpell encourages primary school children to enjoy reading and develop their key language and literacy skills through an introduction to BSL.

There are 12 books in total, each with a separate adventure and theme. Themes covered in the books are: greetings, colours, numbers, school, animals, seaside, party, weather, countryside, transport, sport and emotions.

Each book is supported by four lesson plans to support the recognition, repetition and recall of up to 10 signs, with more signs and phrases available to view and learn online.

With the stories, lesson plans and online resources and media, children learn strategies to help their communication skills, use of language, spelling and remembering words.

How does SignSpell support learning?

SignSpell is a fun and inclusive approach to help readers (with varying experiences with language) to develop their literacy skills. All of the SignSpell resources encourage physical expression of words and reinforce learning through visual and kinaesthetic association – enhancing vocabulary and spelling.

SignSpell complements phonics by aiding memory and stimulating channels of communication that spoken language does not fulfil. Where phonics will help children to pronounce and read words, SignSpell will help them associate a word with a sign, movement and meaning.

The lesson plans and supporting activities are created to help children develop learning from recognising signs, to repeating, recalling, and reusing in real life situations.

Read our white papers on kinaesthetic learning and inclusive approaches.

What’s included?

The full SignSpell Educational Resource Pack covers everything you need to deliver SignSpell lessons and projects to primary children of all ages and abilities:

  • 12 SignSpell story books, plus digital versions
  • 48 story book lesson plans to accompany all 12 stories
  • Online dictionary featuring videos of 340 signs and phrases, including the signs from the books and more
  • A pack of SignSpell flashcards featuring every sign from the story books to use in class activities, plus printable versions

£199 plus £40 annual renewal fee Buy Now

£499 bumper pack includes full digital access as well as 8 sets of books and 8 sets of flashcards, plus £40 renewal fee Buy Now

Case studies

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Wainfleet Magdalen School
Joseph Swan School
Lakes Primary School

White papers

Our unique resources encourage physical expression of words, helping reinforce learning through visual and kinetic association - enhancing vocabulary and retention of words and spelling.
Read our white papers to find out more about SignSpells inclusive approach to enhancing communication and attainment:
Inclusive approaches to maintaining breadth in Key stage 1 and 2
Kinaesthetic approach to increasing overall class performance in literacy

 

What others say?

Teachers found SignSpell to be a fantastic way of inspiring their classes to think beyond standard phonics-based learning. Pupils had great fun learning sign language and interacting with each other in a new way which they continued into the playground.
Find out exactly what teachers had to say after using SignSpell in lessons.