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When speaking about English language learning, the term “Jolly Phonics” comes up again and again! 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.

Learning Jolly phonics is the most important and essential first step to learning English, by applying Jolly Phonics to English language learning one can ensure proper pronunciation from the beginning. Jolly phonics work by including over 40 of the English sounds. The children learn each sound with an accompanying picture, action, song and tune. These elements ensure that every sound is memorable whether a child learns better through visual representation or aurally. Although only 26 letters appear in the English alphabet, the 40 sounds are created through joining letters. By teaching children how to identify these letters, they gain the ability to read by breaking down each sound when faced with a bigger word.

In Wonderland we understand how important the Jolly phonics are, and we place a large emphasis on learning them. Alongside our other topics we continuously learn and practice our Jolly phonics. By beginning simply, we start by listening and learning the sounds from the songs, then, we ensure we our confident with each sound by practicing them with worksheets and flashcards.

The Jolly phonics and their positive effects can really be seen when children begin speaking full sentences in English. By referring back to Jolly phonics when teaching, children grasp pronunciation of a new word far easier. Jolly Phonics are the base of teaching and learning the English language, the fun way in which they are taught allows children to develop their language skills in a fun environment!