Devised over 200 years ago, Braille is a specially devised code of raised dots which can be read through touch by those pupils who have very little or no sight.
Pre-Braille: Before learning Braille, children are encouraged to use touch and other senses to gain as much information as possible. They are involved in activities aimed at encouraging refined tactile discrimination as well as developing finger strength and dexterity. Tracking activities are also used to help pupils develop finger control and understand that Braille is recorded from left to right.
Uncontracted Braille: All children will learn uncontracted Braille which means they will learn to read and record each Braille letter of the alphabet and punctuation. They will also learn Braille numbers and symbols for the four mathematical operations.
Contracted Braille: Some children may then learn contracted Braille which involves learning new elements of the Braille code including word signs and contractions for groups of letters.
Learning Braille can be very difficult for some children and so we try to make Braille sessions as fun as possible! If you would like to learn the Braille alphabet then you can download the Clearvision ‘Crack the Code’ booklet.
The Braille Alphabet