Jolly Phonics & Jolly Grammar

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics.

With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve.

We use this program in our Reception classes to embed phonics and build into Jolly Grammar in our Junior Primary classes.

By teaching key essential grammar rules, it helps children bring diversity to their writing and improve their spelling in a structured way.  Jolly Grammar teaches a wide range of language forms including the parts of speech, plurals, punctuation, and the tenses past, present, and future. It also teaches a wide range of spelling rules, including defining aspects such as the short vowels.

Letter Sound Order

The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.

The five skills taught in Jolly Phonic

1.Learning the letter sounds
Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds. This includes alphabet sounds as well as digraphs such as sh, th, ai and ue.

2.Learning letter formation
Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.

3.Blending
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.


Last updated: January 16, 2017 at 15:02 pm

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