Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds


At Hay on Wye CP School, we use the Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds approaches to learn to read and write.

The letter sounds are taught in the Letters and Sounds order. Phase 2 introduces most of the single letter sounds. These are:

Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

Learning the letter sounds in groups as above, rather than alphabetically, enables children to begin building words as early as possible.

More information about the words that can be made using these letters can be found on the Letters and Sounds website.

Phase 3 introduces the remaining single sounds, the double sounds, known as digraphs.

Set 6: j, v, w, x

Set 7: y, z, zz, qu
Consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, ng
Vowel digraphs: ai, ee, or, oa, oo, ar, ou, oi, er, ue, ie

The Jolly Phonics approach offers a multi-sensory way of learning letter sounds.

There are actions and songs linked for each of the letter sounds.

Please click here for a printable copy of these actions.

To practise these at home, please click here for phase 2 and click here for phase 3.

Playing games at home

To practise phonics at home, please click on the links below:

Phase 1 games

Phase 2 games

Phase 3 games