Portsmouth schools sign up for record-breaking event

LAST YEAR Penhale Infant School in Fratton took part in 2012's world-breaking attempt for 'sign2sing' Front, Lily Way. Picture: Malcolm Wells (120464-9604)
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CHILDREN from Portsmouth can benefit from an interactive online lesson that has been launched to teach them how to use sign language.

Monkey Manor has been created by Digital Giving for the national deaf healthcare charity, SignHealth as part of its annual fundraiser, sign2sing.

The event is a world record-breaking attempt for the most people signing and singing a song at the same time and takes place in February. Some schools in Portsmouth have signed up to take part.

Monkey Manor features the children’s book character Olli the monkey, who loves to use sign language and goes to school at the Manor.

Steve Powell, chief executive at SignHealth, said: ‘This year we wanted to increase deaf awareness among the younger generation and believe Monkey Manor does this in a fun and engaging way.

‘Children can play on the interactive website and join Olli in his classroom to learn how to fingerspell the alphabet.

‘They can hear the sign2sing song in his music room.

‘It’s a great way for youngsters to learn about sign language and research has shown that when hearing children learn to sign their confidence, self-esteem, self-expression and communication skills all improve.’

Visit sign2sing.org.uk to find out more.