Jolly Phonics

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We use Jolly Phonics to teach the five key skills for reading and writing. The children begin learning Jolly Phonics in Junior Infants. It is a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. Each of the 42 letter sounds have a specific action which the children practise each day. The multi-sensory approach helps to reinforce the letter sounds. The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.

 

There are seven groups of letter sounds  >>

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THE FIVE KEY SKILLS WHICH JOLLY PHONICS HELPS TO TEACH ARE.....

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Letter Sounds

Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds. There is a song, an action and a story for each sound.

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Letter Formation

Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters correctly.

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Blending

Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to make words.

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Segmenting

Children are taught to identify the sounds in words.

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Tricky Words

Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.

HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO PHONICS GAMES TO PLAY AT HOME TO PRACTISE THE SOUNDS:

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Balloon Phonics game

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Letter Formation

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Letters & Sounds website

HERE ARE YOUTUBE VIDEOS OF THE SONGS FOR THE 7 GROUPS OF SOUNDS TO PRACTISE AT HOME: