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Jolly Phonics and Grammar

At Cotwall End, we follow the Jolly Phonics Programme. The children are taught the basic 42 sounds in Reception and from this, they learn to read using the Jolly decodable books, which are designed to be read in line with the children’s developing phonic knowledge. More sounds are taught and learnt, and then more trickier books are given to challenge the children further.


We thought the best way to show you our new books and how reading is taught would be by demonstrating our reading journey. Please go to our 'Love for Reading' page to see how you can help.  


Independent studies find that after one year’s teaching, children taught with Jolly Phonics have an average reading age around 12 months ahead of their actual age. For spelling, the gain is usually slightly more. In addition, it is typical for all children to do well, whatever their social background and whether English is their first language or not, with boys doing just as well as girls.


Let’s make a difference and give our children the gift of reading and alongside this develop communication,  language and writing skills.  

Jolly Phonics and Grammar Lessons at Cotwall End

In this video you will see some examples of phonics and grammar lessons

from Pre-School to Year Six.


Jolly Grammar Actions at Cotwall End

At Cotwall End, when children are ready, in Year One, we aim to strengthen other Literacy Skills. One way in which we aim to improve this is by learning actions and colours for parts of speech. For example, adjectives blue, nouns black, adverbs orange etc. Please take a look at the staff modelling the actions for you. 

Free resources to support early phonics

You can download the Jolly Phonics actions chart here: Resource bank for teachers and parents - Jolly Phonics. (

You can listen to the songs and actions for the first 42 sounds using the following link: (9) JOLLY PHONICS 42 ACTIONS - YouTube

The jolly songs and actions are important so that the children remember the sounds taught in a fun way.

Top tip: Challenge your child to listen to the song and write the sound.

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