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Jolly Phonics

How Jolly Phonics works

Jolly Phonics is a comprehensive programme, based on the proven, fun and muliti-sensory synthetic phonics method that gets children reading and writing from an early age. This means that we teach letter sounds as opposed to the alphabet. These 42 letter sounds are phonic building blocks that children, with the right tools, use to decode the English language. When reading a word, they recognise the letters and blend together the respective sounds; when writing a word they identify the sounds and write down the corresponding letters. These skills are called blending and segmenting. These are two of the five skills that children need to master phonics:

1. Learning the letter sounds: Children are taught 42 letter sounds, which is a mix of alphabet sounds (1 sound – 1 letter) and digraphs (1 sound – 2 letters) such as sh, th, ai and ue.  Using a multi-sensory approach each letter sound is introduced with fun actions, stories and songs. We teach the letter sounds in 7 groups of 6 letters at a pace of 4-5 sounds a week. Children can start reading after the first group of letters have been taught and should have been introduced to all the 42 letter sounds after 9 weeks at school.

 

2. Learning letter formation: This is taught alongside the introduction of each letter sound. Typically, children will learn how to form and write the letters letter down during the course of the lesson.

 

3. Blending: Once the first few letter sounds are learnt, children begin blending the sounds together to help them read and write new words. 

 

4. Segmenting: When children start reading words, they also need to start identifying the phonic components that make the word sound the way it does. By teaching blending and segmenting at the same time children become familiar with assembling and breaking down the sounds within words.

5. Tricky words These are words with irregular parts, such as ‘who’ and ‘I’. Children learn these as exceptions to the rules of phonics. Introducing the common tricky words early in the year increases reading fluency (as they frequently occur in those first simple sentences you might expect them to read).

You can view videos for each of the five key skills by clicking on the buttons below.

Learning the Letter Sounds in Jolly Phonics

This short video shows how the letter sounds in Jolly Phonics can be introduced to children. Each letter sound is accompanied by a song, story and action, giving the children multiple ways of learning each new sound.

Learning Letter Formation in Jolly Phonics

This short video shows how learning letter formation in Jolly Phonics can be introduced to children. Children need to form each letter the correct way. The letter 'c' is introduced in the early stages as this forms the basic shape of some other letters.

Blending in Jolly Phonics

This short video shows how blending in Jolly Phonics can be taught to children. Each letter sound is accompanied by a song, story and action, giving the children multiple ways of learning each new sound.

Identifying Sound in Words

This short video shows how identifying the sounds in words, or segmenting, in Jolly Phonics can be taught to children. The easiest way to know how to spell a word is to listen for the sounds in that word. This is the reverse of blending.

Tricky Words in Jolly Phonics

This short video shows how Tricky Words in Jolly Phonics can be taught to children. Tricky Words are not phonetically regular and therefore need to simply be learnt. There are a number of ways in which Jolly Phonics teaches these words.

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