Cadbury Heath Primary


Cadbury Heath has adopted the Jolly Phonics scheme to help children learn their phonic sounds.  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 sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.  Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing. The programme continues through school enabling the teaching of essential grammar, spelling and punctuation skills.

The five skills taught in Jolly Phonics are:

  • 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.
  • Learning letter formation. Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.
  • Blending. Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.
  • Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting). Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.
  • Tricky wordsTricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.

See the link below for more information:

Jolly Phonics Guide