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SCHOOL children banned from singing together in class because of Covid-19 guidance got round it – by learning sign language instead.
A video of Year 3 at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary school in Paignton, Devon shows the seven and eight-year-olds enthusiastically 'singing along' silently by using sign language.
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The kids bypassed coronavirus restrictions by using sign language in a moving rendition of 'This is Me' from The Greatest Showman musical.
Proud class teacher Alice Winsor at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary school said: "We might not be able to sing at the moment in school but that hasn’t stopped Year 3.
"What a fabulous effort from all the children performing this special signed version of ‘This is Me’."
She said the class took two weeks to learn the three and a half minute anthem, and asked every day if they could practice.
She said: "They were blown away with how deaf people were able to understand a song with sign language and miming."
Children are banned under Government Covid-19 guidance from singing together as a whole class because of the way the virus can be spread in the air in an aerosol effect.
The Department for Education has said there is an "additional risk of infection" in environments where people are "singing, chanting, playing wind or brass instruments or shouting."
Miss Winsor explained: "The children took two weeks to learn the signed version of ‘This is Me’.
"They thoroughly enjoyed doing it and asked each day if they could practice.
"The children learnt it bit by bit and used a video to support them.
"They also worked hard on miming the words.
"They were intrigued and blown away with how deaf people were able to understand a song with sign language and miming.
"Singing is completely banned because of Covid-19 other than if we split the class in half then they can sing.
"But you can’t sing with a full class."
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