Reading at The Clare School


Our overall aim is to ensure that students are able to develop a love of reading and also use reading in a real life context if required, for example using their communication aid, recognising symbols, recognising signs in the environment. Purposeful and Functional reading is key for our pupils both during their time at The Clare School and into their future development.


Students at The Clare School ‘read’ in all manner of ways. The reading may incorporate sensology, on body signing, using all of the senses, Braille, eye gaze, story massage, Sensory stories, attending Library club, using various Communication Aids (High Tech and Low Tech AAC) reading symbols/ PECS, reading sounds in the environment. All of this is key to our students. They work so hard to achieve this and it should be celebrated greatly. 

Some students who work towards a semi-formal or formal curriculum begin early phonics (following our adopted scheme Read Write Inc) work when it is applicable to them. Learning in the area of reading is evidenced using Earwig so there are observations to see, which is tagged accordingly (English, Communication, BSL, Eye Gaze etc). Students are offered a range of fiction and nonfiction texts during their time at The Clare School. Some students read ‘story reading books’ and can read verbally. Where appropriate, some learners will follow appropriate reading schemes to develop and support their reading.

For further details in regards to our Systematic, Synthetic Phonics programme please see the link below to our ‘Reading Policy’.

Read Write Inc. Phonics

For learners who are working on their phonics it is really important to model and say the sounds correctly. We have therefore added the below video and useful link for your information. We have also included a video of some of our learners participating in phonics sessions:

How we read at school...

At The Clare School ‘Reading’ will understandably look different. Adults will provide ‘Reading’ opportunities that are suitable for the needs of the learners. Adults may read sensory stories, sign stories, share picture books, share Braille books, share chapter books, encourage learners to use technology such as ‘Look to Read’. Adults will encourage children to make choices, share their responses, develop anticipation, and embed a Love of Reading across the school. Some students also have started on their journey with phonics, again this is only for whom it is appropriate. 

Love of Reading

In addition to our standard package of fantastic ‘reading’ at The Clare School.
We promote a ‘Love of Reading’ through many ways including (but not limited
o Library Club at Lunch Time
o Weekly Timetabled Library slots for each class
o Visiting different library facilities – local and in the city
o Students commencing work experience at The Library.
o Visits, Visitors and Celebrations:
o Roald Dahl Day we have had Bookbugs and Dragontales in to complete a workshop for all children.
o World Poetry Day – The Puppet Theatre – a workshop.
o World Book Day – we have had Grandad Wheels and Bookbugs and Dragontales visit us
o Social Media Instagram bloggers – linked to ‘reading’ Social Media.
o BBC voices – Newsroom and radio – Linked to Newspapers/News and Radio

Gallery of our Love of Reading

Signed Stories

Further Stories

Additionally, a range of stories can be found at Sooper Books, which is an online library of stories and audiobooks.