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Our Literacy sessions are made up of purposeful phonics, reading, writing and oracy activities.

A big part of our Literacy sessions is the Jolly Phonics scheme which transforms our reading and writing skills.

In Jolly Phonics the 42 main sounds of English are taught, not just the alphabet. The sounds are in seven groups. Some sounds are written with two letters, such as ee and or. These are called digraphs. Each sound has an action which helps children remember the letter(s) that represent it.

Children learn each letter by its sound, not its name. For example, the letter a should be called a (as in ant) not ai (as in aim). Similarly, the letter n should be nn (as in net), not en. This will help in blending.  

Blending is the process of saying the individual sounds in a word, then running them together to make the word. For instance sounding out d-o-g and making dog. It is a technique every child will need to learn, and it improves with practice. Sounds are introduced at a daily rate and reviewed weekly in our Jolly Phonics Workbook. 


Craig Yr Hesg Jolly Phonics workbook.

Please can the booklets be brought in on a Friday we will dot in red the sounds we have covered in class that week and please could you practice these with your child each night. If your child is confident with the sound please tick the page. If your child needs the actions to say the sound please put a dot next to the sound. If your child does not recognise the sound please put two dots by the sound. As your child becomes more confident, the actions are no longer necessary. A copy of the actions is attached below.

Every Friday we will test the children on their sounds and if we feel they are confident with sounds we will put a date by them. We will then send the booklet back with your child so they can learn the next group of sounds.

At the end of each group there is a list of words that they can practice blending. If children can say the sounds and blend the word please tick it. If they can say the sounds but not blend the word please dot in and if they cannot say the sounds or blend please can you double dot it. All children are given a copy of the Jolly Phonics Workbook, but below is a copy in case it goes missing. 

Jolly Phonics Songs in correct order! Letters and Sounds