The Young Chattering Classes Take Over The Peace Gardens

Parents and children taking part in the Chatterbox Challenge  in the Peace Gardens

Parents and children taking part in the Chatterbox Challenge in the Peace Gardens

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THE Peace Gardens echoed to more than 1,000 children singing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – complete with actions – on Tuesday.

They kept going for five minutes as part of the national Chatterbox Challenge in an attempt to break the world record for the largest talking event at the same time.

Children taking part in the Chatterbox Challenge  in the Peace Gardens

Children taking part in the Chatterbox Challenge in the Peace Gardens

Simultaneous events were held at other Sheffield venues as well as across the country. However, the Peace Gardens was the stage for the biggest outdoor one.

Council leader Paul Scriven, who joined in, said: “It was a great event and taking part was a lot of fun. Fingers crossed we have helped to break the world record but the most important thing is this event raised awareness for improving standards in literacy and language.

“We are committed to raising achievement and attainment levels in all children in Sheffield and this was a great way of getting children interacting and holding a conversation together.”

The event, inspired by children’s communications charity I Can, coincides with the National Year of Communication.