Jolly Phonics

Discover the wonderful way to teach reading and writing

Jolly Phonics is validated by the DfE as a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme. Find out more here.

Our flagship programme, Jolly Phonics, teaches children to read and write using synthetic phonics, which is widely recognised as the most effective way to teach children to read and write in English. Over the past 35 years, our immense progress has been studied in numerous research projects, the results of which led to phonics becoming central to the UK curriculum. Today we are now used in over 150 countries worldwide, empowering thousands of teachers who transform children’s literacy ability. As the leading synthetic phonics publisher, and the most experienced, we offer a 7-year school programme that teaches not only phonics, but spelling, punctuation and grammar too.

The programme trusted by thousands of teachers around the world

  • Systematic teaching of phonics, grammar, spelling, and punctuation across the school years
  • Enables children to meet and exceed the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check and National Curriculum
  • Teaching is multi-sensory and active, with fun actions, stories and songs
  • A variety of training options to suit your school needs
  • Resources provide detailed insights on the teaching approach to help and guide teachers
  • Flexible and easy to implement in your school
  • Developed by teachers, for teachers
Tudor Primary School in Suffolk, England.


NEW Jolly Phonics Resources


As part of a company-wide refresh, we are delighted to be able to present a selection of brand new resources that will help you get your children on their reading and writing journeys. Be it our activity-packed Bumper Book of Phonics Fun or our beautifully illustrated Finger Phonics Books, the exciting theatre of Jolly Plays or our stunning, photographic Our World Readers, our fantastic range is sure to be loved by teachers and children alike.


How Jolly Phonics works


Jolly Phonics is a comprehensive programme, based on the proven, fun and muliti-sensory synthetic phonics method that gets children reading and writing from an early age. This means that we teach the 42 letter sounds as opposed to the alphabet. There are five key skills that children need to master phonics which include learning how to write the letter sounds, how to blend the sounds for reading, and how to identify the sounds in words for spelling and writing. Alongside this, children learn about tricky words as well as being introduced to the alternative spellings of vowels. These five key skills form the foundation that children build on with each year of grammar teaching. 


You can find out more about each of the five key skills by clicking the buttons below.


A tried and tested programme


Rush Green Primary School in Essex, England.
There has been much research all over the world on Jolly Phonics. The research shows that the progress made by children using Jolly Phonics far exceeds that of children not taught using a synthetic phonics approach. It is effective across the ability range, with boys doing just as well as girls, while those with English as their second language can do as well as children who have it as their first.
One of our partner schools, Rush Green Primary School, turned to Jolly Phonics to improve literacy levels across the school and have seen great progress in their children’s abilities ever since. You can find out more about their experience by watching the video on the left.


“Jolly Phonics is amazing for the children to learn letter sounds and help pronounce words to take them onto the next stage of their speech and language.”

Jolly Phonics continues for the next 6 years with…


The programme continues throughout the school years, by extending the earlier phonics teaching with further spelling, grammar and punctuation concepts. Each year of teaching provides continuous revision and consolidation of topics taught in previous years. Children are also taught the core concepts of grammar and punctuation, starting with simple age-appropriate definitions, which are gradually built on with each year of teaching. The teaching continues to be multi-sensory with actions and colour coding (fitting with Montessori) for parts of speech to help children develop their understanding of how language works. The systematic programme means children are given the tools that they need to independently write what they want clearly and with expression.

With spelling, punctuation and grammar (or SPaG) now more prominent in curricula around the world we have been extending our literacy programme to go up to age 11 (Year 6/P7 in the UK). Our programme has been at the forefront of this teaching and meets the aims of both the UK National Curriculum and the US Common Core State Standards.


“The systematic teaching of spelling, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary is evident in the students daily writing. They are able to recognise and use parts of grammar in their reading and writing.”


Programme Progression