Primary schools can use the international signs into a great number of activities. The students use their bodies to convey meaning in a very natural way that is complementary to speech. Even in their first school years they can learn how to make and understand hand signs.

The following experience was made at a Galician Primary school in 1996 with students aged 4 to 6. During a session of two hours, they enjoyed first a senegalese fable were the main characters were a pair of rabbits and a horse. They learned then how to make the signs for the four elements (earth, water, air and fire). These elements were represented by drawings placed at the four walls, and the children tried to order their colleagues to move to the different places of the room only with gestures. The session ended with a song.

In this same opportunity, other students from this school could learn how to greet in five differentlanguages with the help of a song by Fernando Fernández Picos.

The students can also use the signs to make performances at the school festivals, where the signs bring an added value of expression and communication.

We can see videos from several activities that were made at the Fermin Bouza Brey Primary School in Ponteareas, Galice from 2000 to 2001:

New Year Festival

The students express their hopes for the new year 2000:

The Four Seasons

A poem by the Galician writer Antón García Teijeiro. We can see a fragment dedicated to Autumn:

Children Rights

The students represent the Human Rights in their version for children:

A very interesting experience has been made at a Primary School in Andalusia, Spain, in 2009. The students had to add the international signs by themselves to certain texts about peace, with the only help of the web page yogote.net, where they had to find the dictionary, select the signs for the chosen words and make a presentation with signs and text.

The results can be seen at the following video:

You can see more detailed information about this experience (in Spanish ) HERE.

If we put together primary and secondary students, these can use the international signs to teach their younger colleagues some expressions in a language that they are learning by themselves. The international signs, in this case, act as an effective teaching tool, as can be seen in these videos that were made at the Galician UNESCO-ASP Schools meeting in 2012:

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