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Staff and pupils mark Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Staff and pupils mark Down Syndrome Awareness Month

by Danielle Thompson (November 2020)

STAFF and pupils have been welcoming a pupil with Down Syndrome to the ‘Little Pips Nursery.’

Teachers at Crow Orchard Primary School in Skelmersdale recently came up with ‘Locks of Love’ - a unique way to bring the community together after asking locals to add a ‘love padlock’ to their fence.

Any current and former staff,  pupils or parents were invited to place a padlock on the fence and post a positive message on the school’s social media accounts to explain their connection to the school. The ‘Locks of Love’ project was designed to ‘raise awareness of the love and support’ in the local area and to also improve mental health.

Following on from this, to mark Down Syndrome Awareness Month, they wanted to do something to recognise this and celebrate their ‘little superstar, Alice.’

Katie Spence, who works at the school, said: “We held a day where the children wore blue and yellow to raise money for a Down Syndrome Awareness charity.   

“As a school, we also spent time learning Makaton in our class bubbles so we could sign along to the song 'You've got a friend in me' by Randy Newman.  

“Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. 

“We filmed this and turned it into a music video which has been published on youtube, which you can find through our school Fcebook page.”

Nursery teacher Emma Fitzsimons added: “We celebrated the last day of term raising money and awareness for Down Syndrome in line with the awareness month. 

“This term, Crow Orchard Little Pips Nursery welcomed a superstar called Alice, who has Down Syndrome. Alice is a pleasure to have in our nursery and we are so happy that Alice’s family chose us.  Alice uses makaton sign language so we thought a wonderful way to welcome Alice into the school, would be to get the whole school involved in a short video using Makaton to sign along to ‘You’ve got a friend in me.’” 

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