Archive for the ‘Finger Spelling’ Category

In an earlier post we mentioned that we found a special fragment of pottery on the site of the old Open Air School in Buck Wood, Thackley, Bradford. The piece was from an old blue and white plate with the sign-language (finger spelling) alphabet running around the edge.

The children from class 2 at Idle Primary School learned about the finger spelling alphabet and each child signed a letter. The letters spelled out a message – “Greetings from Buck Wood Children!” Angie photographed each child’s hand sign and put them together to make a special concertina book.

Here’s a close-up view of two pages, showing letters ‘n’ and ‘g’ from the word ‘greetings’.

Finger Spelling
You can see how carefully the year 2 children formed the finger spelling shapes with their hands and how we decided to make the photographs blue and white to match the plate fragment we found.

Book At Impressions Gallery

And here’s a picture of our friend Jill Kelly helping Kellan to work out what the message says.


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More exciting news – Artists Angie and Viv have started working with children from Idle Primary School on the See You Outside project. Today Angie and Viv helped children from Year 2 to make some wonderful artworks and on Thursday it will be the turn of lucky children from Year 1.
A few months ago we were looking at the site of the old Open Air School in Buck Wood and we found lots of small pieces of broken pottery. We think they are bits of plates used by children from the old school when they were having their lunch. Angie found a very unusual fragment that shows part of a picture of children having a picnic and round the outside is the Alphabet done in ‘finger spelling’ which is a kind of sign language used by deaf people. Here is a photo of the pieces. You can see the sign for A on the right:
tiny hands
We think this is very interesting and we have found out that lots of children used to have a plate with the Alphabet of letters around the outside of the plate and then further in, the finger spelling alphabet and then, in the middle a lovely picture. Here is an example with some cats in the middle, aren’t they great!
cat plate
Today the children from Idle School have created their very own blue and white plate designs on paper plates. They did a wonderful job and everyone’s design is completely different. The patterns and pictures are all about the old school in Buck Wood and the creatures and plants found in the woodland nearby.
Year 2 also learned how to spell out a message using finger spelling. The message said:

“Greetings from Buck Wood Childen”

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