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Read Teach Primary’s fantastic review of the Jolly Music programme!

Our Jolly Music programme has received a glowing review in this month’s Teach Primary magazine, which we are delighted to share with you.

As a ‘fun, enjoyable, effective and ambitious’ music programme, the review claims that teachers could ‘achieve an astonishingly high standard of musicianship by incorporating five or ten minutes practice each day’.

You can read this excellent review in full by clicking here.

And you can find out more information about this wonderful programme by visiting the dedicated section on our website here.

 

Posted on May 19, 2017Categories: Blog

Jolly Phonics success in Pakistan!

Following the recent success of Jolly Phonics in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, this report has aired on the news!

 

It shows Jolly Trainer Sadaf Asif training teachers as they discover the five key skills of the Jolly Phonics programme. The video is not in English, though if you listen closely, you will hear several Jolly references! Just click the image below to view this 2-minute video.

Posted on May 2, 2017Categories: Blog

Teaching Suffixes with ‘Suffishes’ – Sara Wernham features in Teach Primary magazine

One of the co-authors of the Jolly Phonics programme, Sara Wernham, features in this month’s Teach Primary magazine with a fun activity to introduce suffixes and prefixes!

 

The ‘suffishes’ are made up of two parts:

A selection of root words are written on the fish body (e.g. talk, clap, kind).

A selection of suffixes are written on the fish tails (e.g. ness, ed, ing).

 

Click the image below to read the full lesson plan in the magazine!

Posted on March 15, 2017Categories: Blog

Jolly Learning on the Radio!

Jolly Trainer Silvana Serbanescu has been busy in Romania with a very Jolly radio advert!

You can listen to the full advert – that aired on Radio Guerrilla – below, with a translation into English!

 

Is the sky the same every day? Are mice just as interesting as elephants? Is there only one correct way of eating a delicious chocolate cake with vanilla topping?

There is diversity in the world for sure, and Jolly Star is hereby inviting you all to understand it and benefit from it together. I’m Silvana Serbanescu, Jolly Learning Trainer and Educational Manager of Jolly Star Learning Centre, and together with my team of whole-hearted teachers I’m bringing you this news: that any child can be a skilful user of the English language on the condition that they’ve got key methods in place and ready to use. With the help of Inky, Snake and Bee, they can understand whilst playing with and making sense of how the language works as a code that can be broken down for everyone.

Find out more about our inspirational programme on www.jollystar.ro, on the Jolly Star Learning Centre Facebook page or invite us in to your school so you too can see the difference.

 

Silvana (on the left of the photo): “What I did not have time to say in a 30 second radio spot is that the Jolly Learning programme is so amazingly consistent with the needs of today’s children. Obviously, teaching reading and writing in English can no longer be done in the traditional way, with chalk and talk, according the the jug and mug metaphor. We taught language for so long as a jigsaw puzzle hoping that, by magic, some time, the pieces would fit together. By taking this fractured approach, mainly because of an uninspiring, nationwide curriculum, we’ve taught a lot of kids to read yet not to actually want to read.

“With Jolly Learning, the teacher is not essentially an explainer, but moves towards becoming an involver. This interactive, whole-class experience is undoubtedly more efficient than traditional teaching where the learner is passive and receptive. It encourages children’s interest, their curiosity, exploration and inquiry; it allows children to make meaningful choices and appeals to a great range of learning styles (visual, auditory, verbal, physical, logical, social, etc).

“As a teacher, once I create a wide range of learning opportunities in my classes, I can give more space for my learners to do things and discover things on their own. Thus, children become more aware about how they are learning. Their everyday acquisition is constructed over the foundations of their own earlier learning.”

 

Posted on February 15, 2017Categories: Blog

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