Welcome to our Teachers' and Parents' Resources Corner! We train many teachers and parents monthly in our Jolly Phonics Training Programme (Check out our events page for the latest workshop). 

This page is meant to help you in your teaching by consolidating the key resources from Jolly Learning (UK) in a summarised corner.

Here's how you can kickstart your Phonics journey with your kids:

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  • We use our sound books to say our sounds (recommended resource: Jolly Phonics Finger Phonics books).
  • We sing the Jolly Phonics songs (recommended resource: Youtube).
  • We have a special action for each sound (see below). 
  • We practice building words using our letter cards (recommended resource: Jolly Phonics flashcards or our blending mats).
  • We  look for pictures and words that start with our sounds (recommended resource: Jolly Phonics Finger Phonics books).
  • We look for our sounds all around the classroom.  In our books, in the library, on posters, on the whiteboard and when the teacher is writing.
  • We practice writing our sounds using lots of different tools (Be creative! We use rice, sand, whiteboard and play-dough). 

Jump to the relevant groups:
Group 1 (s a t i p n)
Group 2 (c/k e h r m d)
Group 3 (g o u l f b)- Work in Progress
Group 4 (ai j oa ie ee or)- Work in Progress
Group 5 (z w ng v oo OO)- Work in Progress
Group 6 (y x ch sh th th)- Work in Progress
Group 7 (qu ou oi ue er ar)- Work in Progress

Group 1

(s a t i p n)

s

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

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Story: It is a sunny morning, and Sam is taking his dog, Samson, for a walk.

They like to walk down to the pond. Sam looks around as they walk along. He sees a toadstool, a red and yellow caterpillar, and a blackbird on her nest. When they get to the pond, they spend some time watching the fish swim around. After a while, Samson goes off and snuffles around in the grass. He finds a stick, which he brings back to Sam. He barks at Sam, and Sam throws the stick for Samson to fetch. Samson runs around, looking for the stick in the grass.

Suddenly, Samson starts barking, “Woof, woof, woof!” Sam skips over to see what Samson has found. “Ssssss!” In front of Samson is a spotty snake. It is rearing up and is hissing loudly. Sam grabs hold of Samson, and the snake slithers quickly away.


a

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

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Story: The Smith family is going on a picnic. The children help their mother pack the food. Adam packs the apples. Annie helps to make the jam sandwiches. At last, they are ready and set off for the picnic. When they arrive, they sit down, spread out a cloth and lay the food on it.

Annie rubs her arm. “Something is tickling me,” she says. “Something is tickling me, too,” says Adam, eating his apple. Annie shouts “a, a, a ants!” They all look at Annie and see some ants crawling up her arm. They all jump up. There are ants all over the picnic cloth! “Ohdear,” says Dad. “We must have put our cloth over an ants’ nest.” They pack up their things and move to a nicer spot.


t

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

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Story: Tom and Tamiko have been watching an important tennis match on television. There was a crowd waiting for the match to begin. The players came on to the court and the crowd clapped. The match began, and they hit the ball to each other, “t, t, t.” The people in the crowd turned their heads from side to side, watching the ball. Now Tom and Tamiko are outside, pretending to be the tennis players at the match.

They hit the tennis ball to each other, “t, t, t”. Some animals among the tulips are watching them play. They turn their heads from side to side, watching the ball, just like the crowd at the match.


i

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

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Story: Zack has a white pet mouse. She lives in a cage on the desk in his bedroom. One evening, Zack forgets to close the cage door properly.

The little mouse climbs out of the cage and starts looking around the desk. Suddenly, she sees the cat watching her. She squeaks, “i, i, i,” and quickly runs across the top of the desk. Crash! She bumps into a bottle of ink and knocks it over. The top comes off, and the ink spills out everywhere, even over the little mouse. The mouse keeps on running as fast as she can, scampering off the desk and across the room to a mouse hole she had seen from her cage. Safe in the mouse hole, she scrubs and scrubs, but she cannot get all the ink off. She decides that from now on she will make this her new home and call herself Inky Mouse. All Zack can find is a set of inky footprints across the carpet, leading from the desk and into the mouse hole.


p

Hold up your finger, as if it is a candle, and try to puff it out.

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Story: Paul likes to visit the city zoo near his home. His favourite animal there is the polar bear. “The polar bear has big paws for paddling in the pool,” says the zoo keeper. It is Paul’s birthday soon and his mother asks if he would like a teddy bear as his present. Paul thinks

about this, and says that he would prefer a polar bear! When his birthday arrives, Paul’s friends Peng, Pavlo and Pat come to his party.

They all play games and eat the party food: pineapple, pizza and popcorn. Paul’s mother gives Paul his present. He unwraps the paper to find a perfect toy polar bear. Then Paul’s mother produces a cake with purple icing. She has put trick candles on the cake. Every time Paul blows out a candle, it lights up again! He tries to puff out the candles, “p, p, p, p, p”, but they keep re-lighting. Everyone laughs and claps and tries to puff out the candles, “p, p, p”.

n

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

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Story: Nicola has always wanted to go fishing with her Grandfather. Gramps has always said, “No, you will make too much noise and scare the fish away. You can come when you get bigger.” But now she is five, Gramps has agreed to take her fishing for an afternoon. Gramps sets up his fishing rod, and they settle down to fish. Nicola sits very still and waits very quietly. It is very peaceful. Suddenly, they hear a very loud and nasty noise, “nnnnnnnnn!” A plane flies overhead, “nnnnnnnnn!” The plane does a noisy loop-the-loop in the sky above them. Gramps doesn’t like the nasty noise and puts his hands over his ears. Nicola looks at Gramps and laughs. “You were worried I would make too much noise!” And, with a swoop and a swirl, she runs up and down on the bank, pretending she is the plane, “nnnnnnn!”

 

Group 2

(c/k e h r m d)

c/k

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

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Story: The Khan family is on a trip to Spain. They hire a car and decide to drive out to a small village to visit the castle there. On the way, they pass a donkey carrying a big bundle of sticks. After they have seen the castle, they come back to the village for a snack. Outside the café is the same donkey they saw before, enjoying a rest and a big bucket of water. While they are eating, they spot a cat and her kittens playing outside. As the clock strikes four, some Spanish dancers come out and perform in the courtyard in front of the café. The ladies carry castanets and wear dresses in bright reds, yellows and blues. They clap and dance, swirling their dresses around and clicking their castanets, “c, c, c, c, c, c!”


e

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

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Story: It is almost the end of the summer, and Eric and his family have gone to stay on Ten Acre Farm for seven days’ holiday. Every day, they get up early to watch the cows being milked. First, they help get the buckets of water from the well and pour them into the troughs for the cows. Then they feed the hens and collect the eggs. They take the eggs into the kitchen for breakfast. Ellie, the farmer’s wife, cracks open the shells on the side of the pan, “e, e, e.” They all eat fried eggs for breakfast.


h

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

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Story: It is the school’s summer fun day. In the morning the children do fun things in the classroom, and in the afternoon there are races. Helen, Harry, Hanif and Harriet are in the hopping race. Mr Heath starts the race. “One, two, three, GO!” he shouts and waves his hat in the air. Helen, Harry, Hanif and Harriet hop as fast as they can. It is a hot day and hopping is hard work. Harriet is huffing by the time she finishes, “h, h, h, h.” Miss Hopkins gives everyone huge drinks.


r

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

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Story: Robert’s family has a new puppy. They have to choose a name for him. His parents like ‘Rover’, but Robert also likes ‘Ben’. Robert can’t decide. Robert goes up to his bedroom with the puppy to get his roller skates. While Robert looks for them, the puppy explores the room.

Suddenly Robert hears, “rrrrrrrrrr!” The puppy has found a blanket and is shaking it from side to side. Robert gets hold of the blanket and tries to pull it away, but the puppy hangs on tightly, going “rrrrrrrr!” The blanket rips. “Oh dear,” says Robert, holding up the ripped blanket. “This looks like a rag now. I know … we’ll call you Rags!”


m

Rub tummy as if seeing tasty food and say mmmmmm.

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Story: Mrs Morris and her son Marvin have invited his friends, Milly and Molly, for dinner. They are playing outside when they hear the call for dinner. They come in, wash their hands and sit down at the table.

“I’m hungry!” says Marvin, rubbing his tummy, “mmmmm, I hope it’s spaghetti and meat balls.” “I hope it’s hot dogs, mmmmm” says Molly.

“I hope it’s hamburgers,” says Milly, rubbing her tummy. Mrs Morriscomes in, carrying their meal. “Lamb and peas”, say the children, “mmmmm.” “I like that the most!” says Marvin, “mmmmmm.”


d

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

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Story: Dan is tidying his toy cupboard. He pulls out his teddy, his old donkey and a duck. Then he finds a box of dominoes. He plays with them for a while. Next he sees his yellow digger, so he takes that out for a drive.

“Dan, have you finished yet?” asks his Dad. “Not yet,” says Dan, and he goes back to the cupboard. He finds a bag of marbles and some dice. He plays with these for a little while, and then hears his Dad again.

“Dan, have you finished yet?” “No, not yet,” says Dan, and he goes back to the cupboard. At the very back of the cupboard, he sees his old red and blue drum. He picks it up and marches up and down, banging the drum, “d, d, d!” Dad comes in to see what all the noise is. “Do you know you have spent all day tidying your cupboard?” he says. Dan smiles. “I’ve found lots of things I had forgotten all about,” he replies.

 

Credits: Jolly Learning (UK).