01752 776 848 Reception Team

Head Teacher

Lee Earnshaw

08:00 - 16:30

Monday to Friday




What is makaton? 

(Information taken from the offical Makaton website, Please refer to this site for details – https://www.makaton.org/ )

Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life. Almost everything we do involves communication; everyday tasks such as learning at school, asking for food and drink, sorting out problems, making friends and having fun. These all rely on our ability to communicate with each other.

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.

For those who have experienced the frustration of being unable to communicate meaningfully or effectively, Makaton really can help. Makaton takes away that frustration and enables individuals to connect with other people and the world around them. This opens up all kinds of possibilities.


The staff at Courtlands are passionate to support our children to develop their communication skills. All classes have visual timetables displayed with signs and symbols and all children have daily access to ‘sign of the week.’ Please follow the link to access at home to support your children https://wetalkmakaton.org/.



Please contact me if you require futher information and support.