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HomepageInky Mouse and her friends, Bee and Snake would like to welcome you to our Jolly Learning website, the home of Jolly Phonics, Jolly Grammar and Jolly Music. 

Learn about the principles of Jolly PhonicsJolly Grammar and Jolly Music, and how these child-centred, multi-sensory approaches make learning fun and easy for children all over the world.

Discover our leading educational books and software which are used around the world for the teaching of literacy and music skills to young children in our Products section. Find clear detailed information on all our products, including which items can be used at school or in the home, as well as book previews and demos of our software.

See how key literacy skills can be nurtured at home, with My Jolly Phonics.

Jolly Learning is an independent British publisher, with the commitment of creating and developing educational material to inspire children to learn and be the best they can.

Giving children a flying start…

… by teaching all the letter sounds

It’s true – teaching children all the letter sounds gives them a flying start – they are much swifter in learning to read, with few, if any, failing. Yet parents often just teach them the alphabet.

“It’s our mindset”, says Chris Jolly, “we just think of starting with the alphabet”. And, until now, there have never been any letter sound board books for young children – just alphabet ones.

But now there is! The new letter sound board book has just been launched (in British English. The American English edition is available from January 2016).

See more here.


Jolly Futures Launch!

September 10th 2015

Jolly Learning has launched a new public private partnership with Universal Learning Solutions; Jolly Futures. This innovative new partnership aims to improve literacy levels of early graders in the developing world, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The launch event of the new partnership was held at The Royal Overseas League in London, with industry professionals; such as representatives from the British Council, the Burundi High Commissioner and Cambridge Education making an appearance. To find out more click here.


The Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds App has arrived!

The Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds App - Letter sounds group 5 bonus game
The Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds App - Letter sounds group 6 bonus game
The Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds App - Letter sounds group 2 bonus game
The Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds App - Caterpillar segmenting activity
The Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds App - Dandelion bonus game
The Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds App - Dandelion bonus game start
The Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds App - Letter sounds group 1
The Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds App - Letter sounds plant
The Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds App - The garden
The Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds App Worm blending activity
The Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds App Splash screen

Start your child’s journey in reading and writing with our interactive educational app, now available on the App Store for both iPad and iPhone and Google Play for Android. Ideal for children aged 3+, this exciting app enables children to discover the main 42 letter sounds of English through a series of captivating games.Click here to learn more

Jolly Phonics Blog

Keep up to date with grammar and phonics.


“Right from the Horses Mouth”! by Beki Wilson

“I have learned everything I know from Sara, Sue and the children that I have taught over the past 15 years and I desperately wanted other teachers to experience what I did first hand: that light-bulb moment when you think “Aha!” now I know what all the fuss is about. Jolly Grammar…where have you been all my life?!”
Beki Wilson – Jolly Phonics Professional Trainer in Spain

Snake smiling


From Snake:

“Beki and I have spent the last 15 years teaching Jolly Phonics and Grammar to young children in Spain. Here English is taught in most schools with many classrooms following bilingual curriculums. One of the first well-known projects was the British Council/MEC Bilingual programme, which pioneered in Spain and Europe in 1996.

“Over the past few years we have been working especially hard with schools, academies, Universities and some very dedicated and enthusiastic teachers. We all have one thing in common. We want to make learning English fun.

“With Sara here, it gives people the chance to learn about Jolly Grammar years from the person who actually wrote the course: in other words, “right from the horses mouth”! Beki assures me that there is really nothing more inspiring than training with the fantastic, amazing, wonderful Sara (I am the Adjective Snake after all!)”

From Beki:

Over the past few months, many teachers from all over Spain had written to us in order to be able to join this amazing event. The majority of them already had some prior knowledge of Jolly Phonics and Grammar as many schools and teachers now use the programme.

It is now well known in Spain for the positive results that it gets when teaching English as a second language. Although Jolly Phonics is a literacy programme aimed at native English speakers, the multi-sensory approach to teaching young children how to read and write is extremely effective. It can be adapted for any age group and within any education setting, and now many language schools and academies are also using Jolly Phonics as a complimentary part of their English classes. As Jolly Phonics helps children to be able to recognize, read, write and say different letter sounds correctly, this also helps non-native English speakers with their pronunciation skills. This is especially important here in Spain as many young children are expected to do external English language exams (such as Cambridge and Trinity). Other subjects, such as Art and Science, are also taught in English in Primary.

The Training Seminar


Teachers, parents and students travelled from all over Spain in order to attend the Training Seminar with Sara, who had arrived the Wednesday before in Madrid! The course content during the day was based on Jolly Grammar 1 & 2; these are the next two years following on from Jolly Phonics. Sara took us on a wonderful journey on how to make spelling, punctuation and grammar fun for young children, sharing many simple games and activities which any busy teacher or parent can do or make. Sentence structure was made fun with the use of a washing line and we did a Make and Take Kite activity for Magic “e”. Vocabulary, nouns and comprehension activities were demonstrated through letter sound sorting boxes and picture cards. Sara also discussed creative ways to improve and adapt lessons in order to improve punctuation; for example, long and short vowels were demonstrated by using a rubber glove!

The Seminar was a success with lots of smiles at the end of the day and positive feedback. The most important part of this has been to expose teachers and parents to how a multi-sensory approach to teaching can work in any context, with children from all over the world regardless of their educational background. I, as always, continue to learn many new things from Sara, which I find both motivating and invaluable when teaching and training.

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May 26, 2015

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