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Jolly Phonics is a thorough foundation for reading and writing. It teaches the

letter sounds in an enjoyable, multi-sensory way, and enables children to use them to read and write words. This guide provides background advice for parents and teachers. It explains the principles behind Jolly Phonics so that your understanding of the teaching, and your ability to help a child, is much greater. All the material is suitable for use in school and much of it is also well suited to use at home.

Jolly Phonics includes learning the irregular or 'tricky words' such as said, was and the. Together with these materials you should also use storybooks.

Parental support is important to all children as they benefit from plenty of praise and encouragement whilst learning. You should be guided by the pace at which your child wants to go. If interest is being lost, leave the teaching for a while rather than using undue pressure. Not all children find it easy to learn and blend sounds. It is important to remember that this is not because they are unintelligent but because they have a poor memory for symbols and words. Extra practice will lead to fluency in reading and help your child manage at school. The five basic skills for reading and writing are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Learning the letter sounds Learning letter formation Blending Identifying sounds in words Spelling the tricky words

The Actions Group 1 ­ s, a, t, i, p, n

s Weave hand in an s shape, like a snake, and say ssssss.

a Wiggle fingers above elbow as if ants crawling on you and say a, a, a.

t Turn head from side to side as if watching tennis and say t, t, t.

i Pretend to be a mouse by wriggling fingers at end of nose & squeak i, i, i.

p Pretend to puff out candles and say p, p, p.

n Make a noise, as if you are a plane ­ hold arms out and say nnnnnn.

Group 2 ­ ck, e, h, r, m, d

c k Raise hands & snap fingers as if playing castanets and say ck, ck, ck.

e Pretend to tap an egg on the side of a pan and crack it into the pan,

saying eh, eh, eh.

h Hold hand in front of mouth panting as if you are out of breath and say

h, h, h.

r Pretend to be a puppy holding a piece of rag, shaking head from side to

side, and say rrrrrr.

m Rub tummy as if seeing tasty food and say mmmmmm.

d Beat hands up and down as if playing a drum and say d, d, d.

Group 3 ­ g, o, u, l, f, b

g Spiral hand down, as if water going down the drain, and say g, g, g.

o Pretend to turn light switch on and off and say o, o; o, o.

u Pretend to be putting up an umbrella and say u, u, u.

l Pretend to lick a lollipop and say llllll.

f Let hands gently come together as if toy fish deflating, and say ff f f f.

b Pretend to hit a ball with a bat and say b, b, b.

Group 4 ­ ai, j, oa, ie, ee, or

ai Cup hand over ear and say ai, ai, ai.

j Pretend to wobble on a plate and say j, j, j.


Bring hand over mouth as if you have done something wrong & say oh!

ie Stand to attention and salute, saying ie ie.

ee Put hands on head as if ears on a donkey and say eeyore, eeyore.

or Put hands on head as if ears on a donkey and say eeyore, eeyore.

Group 5 ­ z, w, ng, v, oo

z Put arms out at sides and pretend to be a bee, saying zzzzzz.

w Blow on to open hand, as if you are the wind, and say wh, wh, wh.

ng Imagine you are a weightlifter, and pretend to lift a heavy weight

above your head, saying ng...

v Pretend to be holding the steering wheel of a van and say vvvvvv.

oo Move head back and forth as if it is the cuckoo in a cuckoo clock,

saying u, oo; u, oo. (Little and long oo.)

Group 6 ­ y, x, ch, sh, th

y Pretend to be eating a yoghurt and say y, y, y.

x Pretend to take an x-ray of someone with a camera and say ks, ks, ks.

ch Move arms at sides as if you are a train and say ch, ch, ch.

sh Place index finger over lips and say shshsh.

th Pretend to be naughty clowns and stick out tongue a little for the th

th and further for the th sound (this and thumb).

Group 7 ­ qu, ou, oi, ue, er, ar

qu Make a duck's beak with your hands and say qu, qu, qu.

ou Pretend your finger is a needle and prick thumb saying ou, ou, ou.

oi Cup hands around mouth and shout to another boat saying oi! ship ahoy!

ue Point to people around you and say you, you, you.

er Roll hands over each other like a mixer and say ererer.

ar Open mouth wide and say ah. (British English)


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