Jolly Phonics | Sounds and Actions

(music) Hello and welcome to Little Learners. In
this video I’ll be looking at phonics and mainly Jolly Phonics. I have an earlier
video called, ‘What is phonics?’ if you need a little bit more of an introduction to
phonics and if you have watch that video already then you will know that in
Jolly Phonics each sound has a corresponding action, song and story. In
this video I’m just going to focus on the sounds and actions. If you watched that
video you’ll also know that in Jolly Phonics sound are not taught in
alphabetical order, they’re taught in a very specific order to make sure that
children can decode words sooner. So in this video I will be showing you the sounds in
the Jolly Phonics order, but if you would like to see them alphabetical order I
will also edit this video in alphabetical order and link it in the
description box below. Now before we get started I just want to mention something
that has terrorized every teacher teaching phonics since the beginning of
time – well since the beginning of this new phonics scheme – and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the ‘schwa’. (Ominous music) ‘What is the schwa?’ You may ask. A schwa is
when we make the ‘uh’ sound at the end of a letter sound. So for example we don’t
commonly see this with M, N and L. So we actually pronounce them ‘mmm’, ‘nnn’ and
‘lll’, but with a schwa on the end, they sound more like, ‘muh’, ‘nuh’ and ‘luh’, which is not
what we want. So with that in mind let’s take a look at the first 26 letter sounds and
their corresponding actions. I also just want to put a bit of a disclaimer here to
let you know that the actions for each sound are often quite strange but they
always link in with the song or the story so just go with me on this. (music) /s/ For this sound we make our arm a snake, going through the grass. ‘sssss’ ‘sssss’ /a/ For this sound we pretend that there are
ants on our arm. ‘ah’ ah’ ‘ah ‘ah’ ah’ ‘ah’ ‘ah’. ‘/t/ For this sound we pretend we’re watching a tennis game like so: t – t – t – t – t And remember: ‘t’ not ‘tuh’. (Ominous music) /i/ for this sound we pretend we are a mouse
wiping i-ink off of our whiskers. It goes with the song and story, trust me. i – i – i – i /p/ For this sound we pretend we are blowing out a candle on a pink pig cake.
Try saying that 10 times fast. Pink pig cake pink pig cake pink pig (inaudible) pink?
So we put our finger in front of our mouths as if it is a candle
and we puff out the candle p – p – You should be able to feel your breath on your finger p – p -p /n/ For this sound we pretend we are an
aeroplane making a very noisy ‘n’ sound like this: nnnnnnnnnnnn
For any of you out there
planning on being primary school teachers, just remember that you do have
to make fool out of yourself every single day. Yeah. Anyway back to business. ‘c/k’ Now this sound obviously belongs to two different letters, C and K and they do have their own individual songs, but they both have the same action which is
pretending to play castanets ah so this ck – ck – ck -ck – ck – ck – ck /e/ For this sound we pretend we are breaking an egg
into a pan eh – eh – eh -eh /h/ For this sound raise your hand and say the sound /h/ on to your hand so that you can feel your breath on your palm h – h- h /r/ For this sound we pretend that we are a puppy ripping a rag. rrrrrrrrr Yeah remember that
thing I said about making a fool of yourself? I was not kidding. /m/ Never ‘muh’ (Ominous music) mmmm. So this sound is pretty simple, we just pretend that we are about to eat a really tasty meal. Put your hand on
your stomach and say mmm! mmmm! /d/ For this, we get our imaginary d-d-drum.
d – d – d – d – d – d /g/ For this we imagine we are hearing water g-g-gurgle down the drain. g – g – g – g /o/ So this sound is pretty simple, we just turn the light on and off o – o – o – o – o – o /u/ For this we put up our umbrellas. uh – uh – uh – uh /l/ Never ‘luh’. (Ominous music) /l/. For this we lick our lollipop. llll – llll – llll – llll /f/ For this sound we pretend that there is an
inflatable floating fish that has got a puncture in it and the air is starting to escape.
I would love to have coffee with whoever came up with these. We put our hands like
this and make the sound. fffffffffffff fffffffffffff /b/ For this we hit our ball with our bat. b – b – b /j/ By far my favourite action and definitely the most popular in each
class that I’ve had so far. We stretch out our arms and we become jelly. j – j – j – j /z/ For this we pretend we are buzzy bees and put out our wings like so. zzz – zzz – zzz /w/ For this we pretend that we are blowing the wind over our hands w – w – w – w /v/ For this sound we get into a van and drive it vvvv – vvvv – vvv That sound tickles every time. /y/ For this we get our yogurt and we eat it. y – y – y – y /x/ Now of course this the
sound that we really only ever hear in the middle or end of words. We pretend to
taking an x-ray with a special x-ray camera. ‘ks’ – ‘ks’ – ‘ks’ – ‘ks’ /qu/ This sound takes Q and U
to make /qu/. For this we pretend we are a duck quacking. qu – qu – qu – qu And so that concludes all 26 letter sounds. If you liked this video make sure to click that ‘like’
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100 thoughts on “Jolly Phonics | Sounds and Actions

  1. Hi there!!! New subscriber from Argentina! I have just been trained to teach my students using this method! So I find this channel very useful! Thank you for sharing! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  2. I'm super happy now!! Been looking for jolly phonics video to try with my 21 months. Keep up your work!! ๐Ÿ™ new sub from Thailand!! โค

  3. Wow wonderful you done! Now my kid learning phonics with full of fun. Please post more phonics and kids Educational videos. Thank you.๐Ÿ˜˜

  4. Brilliant! I am making 3d animations to demo these to the kids. Thanks so much for this clear (and entertaining) guide! Best out there!

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  6. You are amazing. When pronouncing a word that contains m, n or c alphabet/sound, do we pronounce the hidden schwa or we pronounce it in the same way as you just pronounced for the the single alphabet/sound i.e. without schwa?

  7. I am 59 and really want to help my two grandchildren with their reading, which I love to do. As you can imagine, things have REALLY changed since I went to school and then taught my own daughters, so this video has been perfect for bringing me to date with phonics. Thank you.

  8. Ugh! Thank you for addressing that nasty SCHWA … and for teaching the sounds correctly in the video!!! LOVE IT!

  9. Thank you so much for this video.It has enlightened me more especially on the most common sounds kids pronounce incorrectly which include: (slashes denote the sound)


    What happens with these sounds is that the child adds a voiced "uh" sound at the end of each of these sounds, so they come out such as:

    So many children are learning incorrect sounds because of : 1) lack of proper knowledge by teachers, and 2) alphabet songs. Yes, I know, those wonderfully catchy phonics songs.
    Personally I have used them so often.Could you kindly get us(teachers/care givers a song(s) with these sounds for kids as learning the Incorrect Sounds Can Lead to Reading Difficulties .
    We really must teach the proper pronunciation of the letter sounds.

  10. This is a fantastic video.ย  I would like to see it in alphabetical order too please.ย  I would like to be able to download these videos as living in Mozambique the internet is not at all stable or reliable which restrictsย my ability to use this material when the internet is not available.ย  How possible is this?ย  If so how doย I do this?

  11. Hello, this video was really useful to me. I teach English as a second Language in Spain and I am starting to teach Phonics to my students. Itโ€™s absolutely amazing how their pronunciation and reading skills improve with Jolly Phonics. I love this method and now Iโ€™m about to watch all your videos. Thanks from the South of Spain.

  12. Hi I love the phonics videos you made! They are all very fabulous! You're an amazing teacher! But as a teacher, I sometimes still find it hard to pronounce the sounds absolutely correctly. Would you make a video explaining the difficult sounds like "n" "l" as well as "r"? Thank you ever so much!

  13. .This is the easist video I saw for jolly Phonics
    Thank you very much , with regards from Egypt

  14. Thank you for the video. After watching so many videos of Jolly Phonics, I found that it has two actions for 's', 'c/k' and one of my colleague said you only do the action when you sound them. I'm going to be flexible in this and will let my child know that some teacher has different version. What do you think about this?

  15. Hello my dear, I saw your video and let me tell you that it is really illustrative to see how you do the mimics each sound putting into action. Congratulations! I like it!

  16. Hi jolly iam Ahmed Dover teacher from iraq i created one story it took from me 4 years to br ready and it has all the phonetics and the results are over good most teachers in iraq and a lot of teachers in many countries used it and it needs just 7 lectures just and all students will be memorized all the letters a…z all teachers they said it has a great results my problem is here in iraq no chance to show your creation hope we can work together on it show it Britain or USA. I have no information about you I hope u answer this my face book: Ahmed Dover
    My what's up member: +9647713810177
    Chanal youtube: Ahmed Dover
    With all my respiction for you

  17. Hi I am so excited learning these sound again, but I have a little question that confuses me all the time. The letter r, doesn't it sound as /a:/ ? I am really confused about it

  18. Hi, my question is about the order. Why this specific order has been chosen for jolly phonics? Is it based on some kind of research? Would be interesting to know. Many thanks, Dina

  19. I'm new to teaching phonics and I've been trying to teach some kids in alphabetical order ๐Ÿ™ do you recommend restarting again in jolly phonics order?

  20. This video has been a life saver my son who is autistic is learning the jolly phonics sounds and doing pretty good me on the other hand didnt have a clue why he was doing actions with his sounds ๐Ÿ™ˆ his teacher told me to look them up on YouTube so I could help him do them at home.

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