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At Woodlands we use Jolly Phonics which 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 the children achieve.
Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing:

1.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.

2.Learning letter formation

Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.


Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.

4.Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting)

Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.

5.Tricky words

Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.

The programme continues through school enabling the teaching of essential grammar, spelling and punctuation skills.

For more info on Jolly Phonics click here.