Pupils hope to sign their way to new record

Pupils at Roseacre Primary School in South Shore took part in a nationwide Sign 2 Sing world record attempt, with thousands of children signing for the deaf whilst singing a song.'A packed hall for the attempt.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'5-2-2014

Pupils at Roseacre Primary School in South Shore took part in a nationwide Sign 2 Sing world record attempt, with thousands of children signing for the deaf whilst singing a song.'A packed hall for the attempt. PIC BY ROB LOCK'5-2-2014

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These children are pretty handy at sign language.

The youngsters put their signing skills to good use to take part in a world record attempt and raise money for charity.

Schools across the Fylde coast joined an attempt to break the world record for the most people signing and singing a song on the same day.

At Roseacre Academy, South Shore, 515 children from Years One to Six took part in the attempt on Wednesday, signing to ‘Get Up and Sign’, and also raising cash for Sign Health.

Teacher Daniel Salmon said: “Like any world record it’s an exciting and challenging activity to be part of.

“It’s something the whole school enjoys as a community, learning together.

“I see it as being an inspirational activity for children and a great way to engage them to learn sign language and raise awareness of deafness.”

Chloe Willoughby, seven, said: “It was so much fun doing the sign and sing.”

And 11-year-old Joseph Ashton said: “It was a great experience and will be an honour to be a record breaker.”

Children also donned scarves for the day, mimicking the mascot for Sign Health, to raise £278 for the charity which ensures deaf children are able to access education.

Children at Carr Head Primary School, Poulton, also took part in the attempt, raising more than £130 for Sign Health.