Jolly Phonics

Jolly Phonics

Jolly Phonics uses a synthetic phonics method of teaching letter sounds that is both fun and multi-sensory. Each of the 42 sounds in the English language are systematically taught, not just the alphabet. These sounds are divided into 7 groups. We shall learn the first three and part of four in Junior Infants.

 1- s, a, t, i, p, n

2-c k, e, h, r, m, d

3-g, o, u, l, f, b

4-ai, sh

The letters have not been introduced in alphabetical order. The first group (s, a, t, i, p, n) has been chosen because they make more simple three-letter words than any other six letters. The letters b and d are introduced in different groups to avoid confusion.

As your child learns a sound it will be included in their wordbox for home practice. Please ensure that they are pronouncing the sound correctly. If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate in contacting me Smile Once group one has been completed encourage your child to create or decode simple CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant) eg sat, pin , tan....

The actions and sounds:


Weave hand in an s shape, like a snake, and say ssssss


Wiggle fingers above elbow as if ants crawling on you and say a, a, a.


Turn head from side to side as if watching tennis and say t, t, t.


Pretend to be a mouse by wriggling fingers at end of nose and squeak i, i, i.


Pretend to puff out candles and say p, p, p.


Make a noise, as if you are a plane - hold arms out and say nnnnnn.

c k

Raise hands and snap fingers as if playing castanets and say ck, ck, ck.


Pretend to tap an egg on the side of a pan and crack it into the pan, saying eh, eh, eh.


Hold hand in front of mouth panting as if you are out of breath and say h, h, h.

Pretend to be a puppy holding a piece of rag, shaking head from side to side, and say rrrrrr.

Rub tummy as if seeing tasty food and say mmmmmm.


Beat hands up and down as if playing a drum and say d, d, d.


Spiral hand down, as if water going down the drain, and say g, g, g.


Pretend to turn light switch on and off and say o, o; o, o


Pretend to be putting up an umbrella and say u, u, u.


Pretend to lick a lollipop and say l l l l l l.


Let hands gently come together as if toy fish deflating, and say f f f f f f.


Pretend to hit a ball with a bat and say b, b, b.


Cup hand over ear and say ai, ai, ai.

sh      Place index finger over lips and sah shshsh.