British Sign Language
To give all pupils at Langley Mill Academy the opportunity to learn British Sign Language (BSL). This will enable them to communicate with their peers (deaf of hearing) and wider members of the school community/local community. BSL and SSE (Sign Supported English) also provide a visual/pictorial representation of our wider curriculum. Children understand the needs of their peers who are deaf or hearing impaired so that they can communicate clearly in everyday situations.
Every child at Langley Mill Academy is taught BSL weekly for half an hour. Their classrooms display signs in both BSL and SSE and whereas SSE is used within general teaching, pupils learn the sentence structure of BSL in dedicated lessons. BSL is taught by teachers and teaching assistants who have a qualification in BSL. Other class teachers and teaching assistants learn BSL alongside their class so that they are able to use signs around school as non-verbal clues. Children learn the vocabulary associated with our three themes of Values, Journeys and Origins as well as wider signs that support conversations such as numbers, colours, greetings, animals etc. Deaf awareness is also taught alongside BSL.
The children at Langley Mill Academy can communicate in more than one language. They have a basis to develop their skills which many continue at our High School including taking their level one qualification in year 8 or 9.
When asked children are able to talk about and show off their BSL skills and knowledge. They can peer assess and given suggestions on how to improve each other’s signing skills. They also recognise signs that support learning in class across the wider curriculum and through the school day.