Calling all young chatterboxes…

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FOR once Sheffield schoolchildren will be encouraged to make lots of noise…

Pupils from primary schools and nurseries across the city are being invited next month to join a bid to get in the Guinness Book of Records through the national ‘Chatterbox Challenge’.

The plan is to get crowds of children singing ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ – complete with actions – all at the same time for at least five minutes in the Peace Gardens on Tuesday, March 1, from 11am.

The national initiative aims to encourage conversation and is backed by I CAN, the national children’s communications charity. It is urging children, families, nursery staff and early years workers to get involved.

Sheffield City Council is backing the event. Cabinet member Coun Colin Ross said: “We want to raise the standards of literacy and language in our younger children across the city and what better way of kick-starting this than by holding this incredible challenge?”

While the number of children in Sheffield with persistent speech problems is similar to the rest of the country, 40% to 50% of children in some parts have delayed language.

Many start school with very limited vocabulary, not able to speak in sentences.