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.
What does it involve?
Letter sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically) which enables children to begin building words as early as possible. Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing:
1. Learning 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
Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.
5. Tricky words
Tricky words have irregular spellings and are words that cannot be sounded out. They are high frequency words that children will meet often in their reading.