University of Edinburgh

BSL Science Signs and Skills Update

Presented on Tuesday, 27th October 2015


Some scientific concepts are particularly hard for all children to understand. Dr Audrey Cameron, a key member of the SSC BSL Glossary Project team presented material on the practicalities of teaching science as part of the curriculum for excellence. The course discussed:

  • how to offer effective support to a deaf student allowing them to access practical science activities within a mainstream setting;
  • making use of ICT to support a deaf learner;
  • National Assessment arrangements.

Participants were also introduced to SSC's BSL Science Glossary project, its signs, definitions and development. The new project for signs for Geography and Maths was introduced. Practical activities included scientific experiments demonstrated and explained.

"The whole course was excellent. One of the best."

"Demonstration of good practice in the lab. Proved that science is accessible for all pupils and fun! Lots of helpful information about including day learners."

Target Audience

Mainstream teachers, teachers of the deaf, communication support workers, parents and all those supporting deaf children in secondary schools.


Dr Audrey Cameron, Deaf chemist.

Gary and Audrey demonstrate experiments

Course Programme

10.30 am - Practicalities of teaching deaf students

11.30 am - Introduction of the Science Glossary Project

1.30 pm - Demonstration and practical activities in the laboratory

2.15 pm - National Assessment arrangements and how to translate exam papers

3 pm - Discussion and summing up

3.30 pmĀ  - Course evaluation and close