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Jolly Phonics

The Jolly Phonics System

The children at pre-school are taught using the Jolly Phonics System. It is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. Each of the 42 letter sounds has an action which helps the children to remember them. For example for the letter ‘s’ you would weave your hand in an s shape, like a snake and say ‘sssss’. For the letter ‘a’ you would wiggle your fingers above your elbow as if ants are crawling on you saying ‘a, a, a’.

Enabling Children to Build Words

The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible. The letter sounds are split into seven groups as shown below.

1. s, a, t, i, p, n
2. c, k, e, h, r, m, d
3. g, o, u, l, f, b
4. ai, j, oa, ie, ee, or
5. z, w, ng, v, oo
6. y, x, ch, sh, th, th
7. qu, ou, oi, ue, er, ar

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