Phonics Classes

Jolly Phonics is a centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics.Learn about the principles of Jolly Phonics, Jolly Grammar and Jolly Music at Little Millennium.

This training will cover all the feature of Jolly Phonics including the 42 sounds with stories, blending, segmenting, tricky words,spelling rules and alternative vowel spellings with lots of great ideas for activities, visual aids and games. Sharing effective classroom strategies and lesson plans for reading, spelling and independent writing will be in focus too.

Five Skills of Jolly Phonics

1.Learning the letter sounds

Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds. This includes alphabet sounds as well as digraphs such as sh, th, ai and ue.

2.Learning letter formation

Using different multi-sensory 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.

4.Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting)

Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.

5.Tricky words

Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.

The achievements of teachers with Jolly Phonics has been a fundamental reason for its widespread adoption. Listed first are some academic studies.

London, Docklands
Dr Morag Stuart carried out a study in London’s Docklands where almost all the children speak a dialect of Bengali called Sylheti. (The families were recent immigrants from Bangladesh). While the experimental group were taught with Jolly Phonics. the control group were taught with big storybooks, a popular method based on word memorisation. The results are summarised at the base of the page numbered 602. The results show a large average difference from the teaching method used. They also show a major difference in underachievement. And finally they show that this kind of phonics teaching is highly suitable for children with English as a second language.


Research on Phonics