Music: The Shining Signing Star
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Add sparkle to your Christmas play with a lively resource that combines song with British Sign Language
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Combining song with movement is an ideal way to engage learning and boost memory skills. We all remember at least one action song from our younger days; putting our left leg in and shaking it all about or pulling down on each of our ear lobes. Some action songs go even further than these simple body gestures by combining lyrics with sign language. While this means that deaf and partially hearing children can participate more easily with these kinds of music activities, all children will enjoy the lively nature of the songs.
A nativity with a difference
With Christmas around the corner, you’ve probably started to think ahead to your annual festive school or class performance. While there are lots of drama resources around, The Shining, Signing Star (Sausage Dog Publishing Ltd, £19.99 plus p&p) is a wonderful alternative to a traditional nativity musical, written by award-winning children’s author Garry Slack and the Ivor Novello award-winning composer Paul K Joyce (writer of the number-one Bob the Builder hit ‘Can We Fix It?’). This exciting and innovative play uses both spoken English and sign language, taken directly from British Sign Language, to produce a charming Christmas show to be enjoyed by performers and audiences alike. Telling the story of the nativity in rhyme, from the perspective of the animals and the stars who were at the very first Christmas, The Shining, Signing Star performance pack includes a music CD (including three specially written signed songs), sheet music, the play script, signed video clips and lots of top tips to help your performance shine. Although originally designed for Key Stage 2 children, only key words in the songs use sign language and so the resource is also suitable for Key Stage 1.
To accompany this article, don’t forget we’ve got two free song samples – Follow the Donkey and See the Golden Signing Star with accompanying activity sheets featuring lyrics and sign language demonstrations.