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How does Jolly Phonics work?

Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five skills for reading and writing.

1. Learning the letter sounds 2. Learning letter formation 3. Blending 4. Identifying the sounds in words 5. Learning tricky words
Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds. This includes alphabet sounds and digraphs, such as sh , th, ai and ue. Using different multisensory 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. Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling. Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.

Why does Jolly Phonics work?

  • Systematic and progressive teaching of phonics, grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Teaching is multi-sensory and active, with fun actions, stories and songs
  • Independent research supports the outstanding results achieved around the world with the program
  • Continues to revise and extend children’s phonic knowledge
  • Flexible and easy to implement in your school
  • Developed by teachers for teachers

    Results that speak for themselves

    By learning essential phonic skills rapidly, your children gain confidence, becoming fl uent readers who explore different text types and produce more independent writing earlier. As your children continue to build on their knowledge they are able to move onto more creative writing tasks and develop their reading, spelling and comprehension abilities. Teaching these key concepts from the start will ensure that children develop all the skills they need to become clear and confi dent communicators.

    “Hillcrest Primary School is a shining example of how effective teachers, community relationships and a results driven, outcomes based program can all come together to produce results that are indicative of the time, effort and commitment of all involved.”

    “I expected positive results but frankly was amazed at the high levels attained by the pupils.”

    Liz Ford, Associate Principal
    Over a period of 17 months, the reading age of the students tested inc reased.
    Grade 1-2+ 2 years
    Grade 2-4+ 1 yr 9 mths
    Grade 4-5+ 34 mths
    Grade 5-6+ 3yrs
      To read more about Hillcrest and the success of Jolly Phonics within their school, please download this PDF.