SCHOOLCHILDREN are hopeful of becoming world record-breakers after taking part in a national event.
Around 170 youngsters from Glendene School and Community Arts College, in Easington Colliery, took part in a ‘Sign2Sing’ world record attempt which involved pupils bidding to be part of the record for the most people singing and signing the same song at the same time.
The current world record stands at around 13,000 people, but the children from Glendene were among 90,000 people nationwide simultaneously singing I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing at 2.45pm on Wednesday.
The school must wait until March 1 to find out whether the attempt was successful.
The school’s music teacher, Vanessa Elcock, said: “The singing and signing attempt sits at the heart of the music and creative ethos within the school, and we think this is a great initiative to raise awareness of deaf issues.
“The children sing and sign every day and enjoy fully-inclusive signing choirs for each of the key stages.
“Both staff and children use British Sign Language (BSL) every day and are always keen to learn new signs.
“Music is a great way to learn and remember signs and every member of staff at Glendene is trained in BSL.
“The world record attempt was a brilliant initiative which has seen the children and staff learn a signing song together.
“All of the children have been very enthusiastic learning the song, I have heard it being sung in corridors and in the playground, which is great.”
Ms Elcock added that staff found that signing while singing helps every child, whether deaf or hearing, to learn new words and express themselves creatively through music.
She said it also helps children with speech, language and communication skills.
The school, which caters for children with special needs aged two and 19 years old, also made donations to the Sign Health charity.