Phonics and Reading at Georgian Gardens

Reading and Phonics
At Georgian Gardens, each child is given a ‘Reading Record’ for use at school and home.  This becomes a valuable vehicle for communication about reading between teachers and parents.
Every child takes a book home each day and these texts are organised into levels of difficulty shown by colour bands. Children move through the colour bands as they progress through the Key Stages.
Some children may need more support with their reading and can be part of our boostingreading@primary intervention if appropriate.  This is aimed at Years 1 to 6.  Others may also benefit from time with our Reading intervention teacher who does more in depth 1:1 work with children following the Reading Recovery model of teaching reading.  This is aimed at Year 1.
We are passionate about instilling all of our pupils with a love of reading, and just as research suggests, we know that reading for pleasure will have a positive impact on children’s achievement.
Our aim is to inspire children and enable them to become confident and enthusiastic readers. They are encouraged to engage with a wide range of texts in school, for example, by accessing a range of high-quality books in book corners, visiting our school library, and taking part in Guided Reading. 
Jolly Phonics
Jolly Phonics is taught in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  

What is Jolly Phonics?

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. The letter sounds are split into seven groups as shown below.

Letter Sound Order

The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.

How does Jolly Phonics work?

Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing. The programme continues through school enabling the teaching of essential grammar, spelling and punctuation skills.

The five skills taught in Jolly Phonics

seven letter sounds

1.Learning the letter sounds

Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds. This includes alphabet sounds as well as digraphs such as sh, th, ai and ue.

2.Learning letter formation

Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.


Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.

4.Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting)

Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.

5.Tricky words

Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.

Reading Intervention Teacher
The Reading Recovery Model
This intervention is a school based programme for six year olds who are the lowest attaining in reading and writing. It enables them to reach age-expected levels within 20 weeks.
It involves a short series of one-to-one lessons for 30 minutes every day with our specially trained teacher. The programme is different for every child, starting from what the child knows and what he/she needs to learn next. The focus of each lesson is to comprehend messages in reading and construct messages in writing, learning how to attend to detail without losing focus on meaning.