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PIRLS 2016 Results Show Importance of Synthetic Phonics Teaching for Reading and Writing

All of us at Jolly Learning are delighted to see that the release of the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) results has highlighted the importance of synthetic phonics in teaching reading. English speaking countries with impressive improvements are those that have incorporated it widely in schools.


Jolly Phonics is the most widely used international phonics programme, and the successful countries are those where it has been used most extensively. Some of these, such as Ireland (ranked 4th), and Trinidad and Tobago, have Jolly Phonics in almost all schools, while England, Australia and Spain use it in a high proportion of schools.


By contrast, the results have also highlighted the poor performances of many English-speaking countries that do not use Jolly Phonics extensively. The United States and New Zealand both fell in the rankings, whilst South Africa finished bottom.


As Chris Jolly, publisher of Jolly Phonics, says: “These results highlight how a published synthetic phonics programme, such as Jolly Phonics, can enable major improvements in the teaching of reading.”

Posted on December 13, 2017Categories: Blog

Someone has stolen our laptop! Activity in Teach Primary Magazine

One of our wonderful Jolly Trainers, Hannah Friedwald, has this month shared an exciting lesson plan with Teach Primary Magazine.

This lesson is perfect for discovering question words – ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’, ‘why’ and ‘which’ – as you turn your classroom into a crime scene! Get your class asking questions to interrogate suspects and discover who stole the class laptop.

You can read the full lesson plan here.

Posted on November 2, 2017Categories: Blog

Read this excellent review of the Jolly Phonics and Grammar programme!

We’re delighted to be able to share with you this wonderful review of our Jolly Phonics and Grammar Teacher’s and Pupil Books, as featured in Teach Reading & Writing magazine!

‘High quality curriculum materials’ that ‘deliver superb content’; we really couldn’t have put it any better ourselves. So what’s stopping you? Why not browse our full range of Teacher’s and Pupil Books and introduce ‘a fun and multi sensory approach with real impact’ in your classroom today!

The Phonics Teacher’s and Pupil Books can be found on our website here, whilst the subsequent six years of Grammar books can be found here.

And make sure you read the full fantastic review by clicking here.

Posted on September 20, 2017Categories: Blog

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

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