Jolly Phonics

The emergent reader

Please take a look at the the tutorial below.

 It goes through how your child should initially sound out each word. Your child will need lots of practice and encouragement as they begin to put all of their phonological skills together. With time the child will become more fluent readers and they will slowly move away from decoding the words and instead begin to recognise words by sight. 

Word Box 1

Bending group 1 (s,a,t,i,p,n)  

As part of homework this week the children have brought home words from group 1 of the Jolly Phonic sounds. The children should be encouraged to sound out each of the sounds. They then should try and say the sounds faster, and eventually begin to blend the sounds in order to hear the word. The link below has a short tutorial explaining what is meant by blending. I hope it is of some help! 

For example the word 'sat'

s----a----t---      child should say each sound

s--a--t--      say the sounds a little faster

s-a-t       now try and blend the sounds

sat         can they hear the word?

Blending Tutorial Link:

Welcome to the Jolly Phonics page

Throughout the year I will be posting various videos and tutorials to help support the children and parents with the Jolly Phonics programme and homework.

What is Jolly Phonics?

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. 
The letter sounds are split into seven groups as shown below.

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Letter Sound Order

The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.
Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing. 

The five skills taught in Jolly Phonics:

1. Learning the Letter Sounds
2. Letter formation
3. Blending
4. Identifying the sounds in words
5. Tricky Words

1. Learning the Letter Sounds

In Jolly Phonics the 42 main sounds of English are taught, not just the alphabet sounds. For each sound there is an action and song which helps the children remember the sound the letter makes. As the letters are taught, they will be added to their sounds folder which is brought home each week. If possible go through the sounds folder with your child. The letters are not in alphabetical order. The first group “s a t i p n” has been chosen because they make many simple three letter words.
2. Letter Formation
It is very important that your child holds the pencil correctly. If the hold starts incorrectly it is very difficult to get it right later on. The formation for each letter can be seen on the bottom of each sound sheet.
3. Blending
Blending is a process of saying the sounds in a word and then running them together to make the word, e.g “c-a-t” is “cat”. It is a technique your child will need to learn, and it improves with practice. Some children take longer to do this than others. To start with you should sound out the word and see if your child can hear it. The sounds must be said quickly to hear the word. It is easier if the first sound is said slightly louder e.g “b-u-s”.
4. Identifying sounds in words.
If your child is going to be able to write independently she/he will need to be able to hear the sounds in words and write the letters for those sounds. The children will practice this skill in many different activities in school.
5. Tricky Words
72 tricky words. Words cannot be sounded out. Children must learn the tricky words by memory.

**Below is a link to all the jolly phonics songs which are in order, beginning with the sound 'S'. The songs will help with the correct pronunciation of each sound.

Group 1 of sounds are:

s, a, t, i, p, n

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