Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. With Makaton, children and adults can communicate straight away using signs and symbols. Many people then drop the signs or symbols naturally at their own pace, as they develop speech.

An introduction to Makaton signs

Every week we learn a few new Makaton signs which are displayed on our notice board in the Hall. Please refer to and download this comprehensive list of Makaton signs so you can practise with your child at home.

More resources

Sign of the week

Learn a new sign every week with wetalkmakaton. The Makaton charity adds a new video each week to their Sign of the Week playlist.


In Something Special Justin and Mr Tumble help children learn how to communicate and develop language skills in a fun and exciting way.

CBeebies Grown-ups discusses the benefits of Makaton for your child.