Jolly Phonics is a widely used and well known synthetic phonics programme that was founded by teachers and began it´s journey in the UK.
It has since travelled all over the World, helping children learn how to read and write in English using a code of letter sounds and simple spelling rules.
The Jolly Phonics programme is currently in use in over 130 different countries world-wide and often with government support and backing.
Jolly Phonics starts by introducing the simple alphabetic code, later progressing on to the complex alphabetic code.
Reading, writing and spelling skills are introduced and then revised step by step to ensuring that all children have the necessary knowledge to be able to decode (read) and encode (spell) independently and with confidence.
Music is one of the most powerful tools available to us, benefitting and stimulating all aspects of child development right from birth.
Exposing young children to music from the earliest stages promotes: language learning development (ESL included), vocabulary and pronunciation skills, social and emotional well-being, awareness of different cultures, creativity, fine and gross motor skills, confidence and memory skills.
Music is also hugely beneficial for introducing literacy skills, not only as a means of introducing keys words, vocabulary and sentences, but also helping children to understand that the sounds and words in a language have meaning which is then associated to writing and text.
Jolly Music is a structured and progressive music teaching programme for Infant and Primary school settings, beginning with 4-7 year olds and then progressing on to the later stages of Primary education.
It provides a well-planned music curriculum, giving the highest quality teaching to the children through appropriate materials even for young non-native speaking learners. Using a multi-sensory approach to teaching, children can become instant music-makers through traditional, playground rhymes and songs; they are introduced to musical elements such pulse, rhythm, pitch, tone and tempo.
Many aspects of the programme can also be used alongside the Jolly Phonics literacy programme, as there are many overlaps on instruction of simple songs and rhymes which can be related to the sounds in the simple and complex alphabetic code in English.