What is Jolly Phonics?
Jolly Phonics is a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics in our school. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children.
This Jolly Phonics page is designed to provide parents with as much information and support as possible. The links and video clips are very useful and we strongly recommend that you use this page at home with your child.
Correct pronunciation of the sounds
Please watch and listen to the video link below to hear the correct way to say the sounds. Please note that some of the sounds in this video are not taught in our Jolly Phonics programme (ge, air)
For each sound taught in class there is a story, song and action to help your child learn the sound more easily. Encourage your child to join in with these songs at home too.
Letter Sound Order
The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.
How does Jolly Phonics work?
Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing:
1. Learning the letter sounds
Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds.
2. Learning letter formation
Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.
Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.
4. Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting)
Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.
5. Tricky words
Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.
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