With the help of Fixers, I launched the sign language card game ‘Sign Me Up’. Below is some of the great feedback it has received from primary schools across the region.
Lynsey Fulton, teacher at Knockloughrim Primary School: ‘Sign Me Up’ is a great resource. The game is easy for teachers to understand and fun to play. The pupils are used to using card games in other subjects such as maths so they took to the game very quickly.’
Pupil (11): ‘The game is great! I like the bright colours and the different ways we can use the cards, in teams or pairs. More people should learn sign language and if they played this game, they would.’
Pupil (10): ‘It's fun. I liked the way we started with signing our names. Everyone could at least learn that so no one felt left out.’
Pupil (11): ‘I really enjoyed playing this game. Learning sign language is useful. My great aunt is deaf and if I could fingerspell, I could talk to her more when we visit. It's nice to learn and have fun at the same time.’
Pupil (10): 'Some of the signs are easy and some are a bit harder so it's good to be able to learn together with my friends. We can help each other.’
Pupil (9): ‘My cousin is four and is learning sign language as he is partially deaf. I could play this game with him and we could learn together.’
Pupil (9): ‘I like this game. It's fun and easy to play, even if sometimes it's hard to get the signs right.’
My Fixers card game, helping primary school pupils learn the basics in British Sign Language (BSL), has been trialled in several schools across Northern Ireland.
The game will hopefully help teachers deliver lessons in a fun, interactive way - giving pupils insight into fingerspelling.
We’re expecting to have the official launch in the first week of December when pupils will get the chance to try it out.
I attended the Fixers Northern Ireland Launch at Stormont, where I was able to share my Fixers campaign with a large audience which included MLAs.
From left to right, Paula Bradley MLA, Fixer Vicki Kane and Trevor Clarke MLA