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How do we teach phonics at Marnel Infant School?


The teaching of phonics (letter sounds) is one of the most important things we teach as an infant school. Phonics is one of the ways that young children learn to read and spell. At Marnel Infant School we introduce the children to the sounds through a system called Jolly Phonics. We have been fortunate this year to have received personal training on this programme from Chris Jolly one of the founders of the scheme and are even more fortunate to have received free state of the art kits to compliment our teaching!


What is Jolly Phonics?


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 as shown below:


Letter Sound Order


The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.

Jolly Phonic Songs

Below is a YouTube clip which enables you to listen and enjoy the songs with your child. This video has organised the songs into alphabetical order.