The sign2sing team visited Archbishop Sumner Primary School in Lambeth with a special thank you for raising a staggering £1,045.50 to help vulnerable Deaf people. The team took part in the school’s end of term assembly, presenting pupils with a special certificate and £100 in book tokens for the school. Archbishop Sumner were the top fundraisers for sign2sing 2015 and staff and pupils have plenty of great tips for other schools.
The school has a reputation for musical excellence so music teacher Adina Presman knew the children would enjoy learning the songs. The children also have deaf classmates, so they were also keen to learn signs to help them communicate with their friends.
There are lots of useful resources on the sign2sing website to help you learn the signs and songs.
Adina Presman, Music Teacher
Adina challenged the children to each raise just £5:
“I told them if they each raised £5, as a school we could raise over £1, 000 to help deaf children. I offered a prize to the pupil who raised the most money and the children got very competitive.’”
To help them reach their ambitious goal, the children took part in a sponsored silence. This involved everyone keeping quiet for half an hour – no mean feat for a small child!
Adina says it’s easy for other schools to follow Archbishop Sumner’s example:
“There are lots of useful resources on the sign2sing website to help you learn the signs and songs. The songs are brilliant and the videos are great. You don’t need specialist knowledge – any teacher can teach the songs. It takes just a few minutes out of assembly for a week or so and I guarantee you’ll have lots of fun!”