What they are saying about SignSpell

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.

Read what is being said about SignSpell below.

Nicola Maycock, Teacher at The Wainfleet Magdalen School says…

"Tricky words and spellings are a lot easier to remember if you put hand actions to them. And the fact that the signs are British Sign Language and can be used in the real world is a real benefit.

"The teaching notes are very beneficial and convenient - they are set out like a lesson plan, had everything included, a lot of variation and that definitely saved me time!"

Graham Nicol, Teacher at Town End Academy says…

"SignSpell fits nicely in a range of teaching areas; it provides another opportunity to explore and understanding language… Literacy is an example of where SignSpell can be used to explore vocabulary and gestures can be introduced in play scripts; signs can be used in science to present and explain concepts and for maths it can be used to recall memory.

"SignSpell can really 'open up' a subject and make it more accessible for students… Be creative, kinaesthetic learning can benefit pretty much every subject and adds an element of interest to keep teaching fresh, you just have to have a bit of inspiration and SignSpell is a way of providing this."

EDS, the Learning Organisation says…

"The stories expand children's knowledge about the world around them and how it works. Each book is different and can subtly reinforce valuable principles, as well as introduce a joy about language and using words."

Dr Rona Tutt OBE, National Literacy Association says…

"SignSpell takes a fresh approach to developing children's communication skills… BSL and finger spelling are introduced, creating an added dimension to the development of young children's language skills and introduces them to another way of communicating, which involves movement."

A TES resources teacher says…

"The resources are a winning combination offering: a well presented story, a library of actions, easily accessible video examples, lesson plans and an interactive quiz. I used the resources with a group of children from a Year 4 class, they participated in reading the story as well as signing and they especially liked the addition of Goober, the cheeky morphing alien. The benefits I observed were the increased awareness and use of BSL and the enjoyment of group reading, using a story that was interactive and engaging. The books are particularly impressive as they are bright, colourful, progressive and link perfectly to the other resources. The videos provided give a signed example for each keyword explored; this can be used in conjunction with the book and starter activities. The children showed their news skills off to friends and they were begging to do more!"

A TES resources teacher says…

"Great resource! I have been using the books and eBooks with my Year 5 class; they have developed a greater understanding of sign language and have enjoyed learning basic signs. The friendly Aliens may seem a little young at first, but the children have really got onboard with the program. If you have any children who are hard of hearing in your class, this is a great way to get the whole class involved to develop communication and inclusion. You can get the set of books from www.signspell.co.uk."

A TES resources teacher says…

"We used the Sign Spell resources as part of a smaller Y1/2 reading/spelling intervention group. The children engaged with the texts and enjoyed the sessions. The bright, colourful books were easily accessible for the group and we would definitely use them again across the whole school. Even after just a couple of weeks of using the resources, we can see that the children have remembered the key words from each page as well as being able to correctly spell them!"

A TES resources teacher says…

"Fantastic resource with easy to read and helpful lesson plans! Used this in both year 2 and 3 and the children all loved it! It was a fun way of really encouraging those quiet children who enjoy reading but struggle with spelling. It was also useful for our multi cultural school. Would highly recommend!"